It definitely isn't right, with my hand directly under the bulb it feels like 85-90, which is hot, but not that hot. Shade it you say? Will do Next thermometer will have one of those awesome probes!
Interesting, so I clipped the thermometer to the main stalk of the DM right underneath the canopy and its reading 77. This is close to the air intake so i can see why its so low. If its reading between 100-109 in the direct light right above the buds and 77 right below the canopy it should average high 80s - 90 degrees.. which is the high end of the safe growing temperatures as I understand it.
Better than 109! Thanks Jig for the Protip.
the real way to check the temp is using an infared thermometer and you test the leaf surface, at least that is what I saw jorge cervantes do...
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I got my new veg LED ron and I'm LOVIN' it. I already want one more for veg and now dieing to get some into flowering... i do figure with the size of the blackstars I could probably get two in there on each side of the HID at an angle -- they wouldn't get much light onto the center though... i may just wait on flower until I can afford to buy a kick ass light and go all LED. Unfortunately for the wattage I want I need at least a minimum of $1-1.5k for a light, because I'm not settling for less than 400-600 usable (not listed) watts. you given any thought to going all led?