[Market-farming] compact flourescents for plant starting
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Wed Mar 2 16:31:20 EST 2011
I got a 400 watt unit (Hydrogarden) 2 years ago. My reading of the catalog
(Peaceful Valley) was that it would light a much larger area than it does.
It only does a good job on a 4x4 foot area, and that is with mylar
reflectors. My plants were leggier under it than they are under
flourescents, so I am disappointed.
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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] compact flourescents for plant starting
I understand the metal halide are the most efficient, and in a color temp
that seedlings will most readily utilize. They are very hot though.
I'm curious - how large an area do you anticipate the $250 system will
I'm not happy with the traditional 4 foot shop lights, but they are
$16 complete with 6500k bulbs.
On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM, Etienne Goyer <etienne.goyer at outlands.ca>
> A tad off-topic, but I did a bit of research on the topic of lightning
> for growing seedlings. In the end, I am going to go with metal-halyde
> (MH) instead of fluorescent. Even at a small scale, it end up being
> cheaper than fluorescent. I contacted a local store specialized in
> indoor gardening, and I can get a 1000W MH system for around 250$. To
> get the equivalent in fluorescent would cost me upward of 300$ in
> fixture and tube, and end up being quite unwieldly to setup. The
> light temperature for growing vegetable seedlings will also be much
> better using a 6400K MH bulb then using cool white fluorescent at 4000K.
> Another option I considered was high-intensity CFL. Amazon has them
> pretty cheap:
> Note that I am growing at a market scale for the first time this year,
> so I have no experience yet. The above info is just based on my
> research so far.
> On 11-02-27 06:50 PM, Beth Spaugh wrote:
>> Apologies. I looked through the market-farming achives back to
>> November, and couldn't figure out how to do same for high-tunnels.
>> There was discussion of using a strip of compact flourescents instead
>> of the 4-foot tubes. It included a photo? instructions/parts for
>> wiring them in series, and recommendations of types of CFL
>> (wavelength). Would ya'll please repeat the basics. I am out of
>> lights and really hate the ballasts and 4-foot bulbs.
>> Thank you.
>> Beth Spaugh
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