[Market-farming] compact flourescents for plant starting

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Wed Mar 2 18:09:57 EST 2011


Etienne - where are you.  Come across to Plattsburgh and Lowes at exit 37.
Some of their fixtures are cheap, as in cheap, but they also have sturdier 4
foot units. Cheap ones are $10. A box of 12 4-foot bulbs I can't find
online, but a single 4 foot tube is $3.68.  

Alix's True Value on Route 3 closer to town has good quality and prices
also.

Hmmm, muddy the waters: I see they have CFL flood ligthts too
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=298264-371-73792&langId=-1&st
oreId=10151&productId=1243421&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=sim&rel=nofollow&cId=
PDIO1

Beth Spaugh
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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Etienne Goyer
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 10:14 AM
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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] compact flourescents for plant starting

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-FLC125D-125-Watt-Daylight-Fluorescent/dp/B00
0HHLQ04/ref=pd_sim_ol_31


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
> Rehoboth Homestead, Peru, NY
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>  
> "How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is 
> used." - Wendell Berry
>  
> "Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty." - 
> Frances Moore Lappe
>  
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