also i found this by the same company that makes that lotus light http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUNGOD-KOM...item4d000ce51c looks promising
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used both cfl and hps, you can get some great results with cfl however some things to note..
Two things people complain about hps is running cost and heat.
It's generally known that cfl's are more effective if smaller bulbs with greater numbers are used to surround the plants with light from different heights and angles (read Buds for Less - first review)
however most individuals who work full time jobs generally do not have time to fuck around moving multiple bulbs multiples times a day
so for some people an alternative is to use a single large CFL (200w+) and possibly supplement with a bit of side lighting
find most people are quite shocked at the amount of heat the larger cfl's produce, running a 300w 8u dual spec bulb in a powerplant (non aircooled) hood in a dr60 (currently in dr120 at the moment) with a 5" fan, temps usually sat around 28C (82F) mark, by adding a 125w red spec CFL to the equation this immediately pushed the temps to around 32C (90F )mark sometimes higher depending on ambient. Running a 400w HPS with the addition of a cooltube in the same tent temps rarely went above 28C (82F).
so another thing noticed since switching from 300w CFL (please note this IS ACTUAL not equivalent) to 400w HPS is that running costs changed only marginally (barely enough to notice), there is this common thought pattern that CFL's are way cheaper to run than HPS, granted a 250w cfl will be using slightly less than 250w, and a 250w HPS will be using slightly more.. but at the end of the day they are both drawing near on 250w, the electrical company is not going to charge you more for one or the other.
if the US average is 11c (some of you paying as little as 4c as previously mentioned) per kwH, here is a simple equation
whatever you are running eg. 400w + some fans maybe another 100w = 500w
500w = 0.5 kw
how long you will be running for in a cycle (estimating a full cycle as 100 days for average and ease of calculations - this is just over 3 months)
at 12-12 from seed this would be 12 x 100 = 1200 hours
so to get kwh by multiplying your kw x hours and you get 600 kwh
11c x 600kwh = $66
so for a month that is $22
not too bad for making your own beautiful medicine.
At the end of the day CFL is a valid alternative (albeit a labour intensive one if done properly), you can get some fantastic results with them and for a percy grower with 1-2 plants it will work and work well
LED's - feel at the moment they are outrageously expensive for what you are getting
HPS - produces, fact
that is why commercial growers still use them
*** Please note its late and may have messed up some calcs above so apologies if anything above is incorrect or bullshit
Last edited by mantiszn; 06-17-2012 at 04:37 PM.
Create read mantizen +rep. You seem to have left out the most important part of LEds: purple lights. It's purple man! Hopefully pretty soon the market will become flooded like it is for CFLs and HIDs and prices will drop.
195w CFLs, Northern Lights and Blue Mammoth autos - 70g dried! http://www.rollitup.org/grow-journals/525136-northern-lights-x-bb-auto.htm
this is what used to be in the tent
just be careful when ordering from basement lighting - they don't try to rip you off intentionally - but they do always seem to "forget" shit or just send completely the wrong thing lol reckon ol' dave is a bit of a stoner haha..
tokin' on a bit of cindy right now, was gifted by a fairy lovely jubbly
need to be careful of the cheap chinese knockoffs, make sure you are getting the correct diodes at the correct spectrums
In my humble opinion, its all about genetics, enviroment and light. Mainly genetics though. Obviously the stronger the light, the bigger the bud but you still need the genetics. CFL and LED are great for vegging but nothing compares to HID/HPS buds
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Okay, first of all.. THAT is one huge ass bulb. lol
Second, that video was pretty cool.
You're doing some great things here, girl.
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