[Market-farming] compact flourescents for plant starting

Etienne Goyer etienne.goyer at outlands.ca
Wed Mar 2 22:36:05 EST 2011


Beth,

Thanks for the tip, but I am 600 miles from Plattsburgh. :)  I am
actually located on the Gaspé peninsula, 500 miles east of Montréal,
close to New-Brunswick.  Nearest US border is 250 miles.  It's a long
way to go shopping!

Thanks for sharing, though!

Etienne


On 11-03-02 06:09 PM, Beth Spaugh wrote:
> 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 $3.68.  
> 
> Alix's True Value on Route 3 closer to town has good quality and prices
> also.
> 
> Hmmm, muddy the waters: I see they have CFL flood ligthts too
> http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=298264-371-73792&langId=-1&st
> oreId=10151&productId=1243421&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=sim&rel=nofollow&cId=
> PDIO1
> 
> Beth Spaugh
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> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] compact flourescents for plant starting
> 
> A tad off-topic, but I did a bit of research on the topic of lightning for
> growing seedlings.  In the end, I am going to go with metal-halyde
> (MH) instead of fluorescent.  Even at a small scale, it end up being cheaper
> than fluorescent.  I contacted a local store specialized in indoor
> gardening, and I can get a 1000W MH system for around 250$.  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
>> Farm Fresh Food Club CSA - http://rhomestead.com 
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>>  
>> Garden fresh vegetables, organically grown, and pastured chicken, 
>> duck, and geese
>>  
>> "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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