12 volt dc micro grow. brainstorming/discussion

Discussion in 'Stealth / Micro / Cab Growing' started by carpetflier07, Mar 13, 2013.

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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    Hey guys I'm thinking on my next grow journal I wanna do a 12 volt only setup. Pc power supply, automotive hid headlights, automotive leds, and pc fans for ventilation. I plan to do 12/12 from seed and I would like to use both the flowering spectrum and the vegetative spectrum of light simultaneously. Any input? Good idea, bad idea? I really do think it will work great, it will save me power and the lights and such are fairly cheap. And before I get a stupid response, let me clarify ( I WILL NOT BE USING HALOGEN BULBS) (XENON GAS HID LAMPS)
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    sadmandome420

    sadmandome420 Member

    a cheap way to do it is go to the pet store and buy a reptile lite... works great for using 2 spectrums...
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    growone

    growone Well-Known Member

    interesting, i once considered a similar idea with deep cycle batteries/inverter and cfl's
    but the lighting tech has moved along, curious on some of the hardware available and its specs
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    I'm going to add a reptile lite to my current grow, I also heard that using a uv bulb more than necessary is detrimental to yield. Idk I'm no expert, but I've read that in so many places. I just wanted to do a 12 volt grow to save electricity, and it will run a lot cooler than this massive hps.
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    SnotBoogie

    SnotBoogie Active Member

    Xenon headlights are actually very small Metal Halides. The Xenon gas is only used to ignite them rapidly.

    Theres a thread around for it which im sure you've seen, he had good results despite being a total mouthbreather
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    Look it up there's bulbs and ballast kits for 100 bucks, any spectrum, and all ya gotta do is use a pc power supply, plus on my electric bill it will look like a pc running basically. Idk, but I'm gonna try it.
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    Actually I haven't seen it, but ever since I put those bitches in my car I've been fascinated, ill never use halogen bulbs again. What do u mean by mouth breather? Was he just full of shit? I guess ill search for it.
    Ill be sure to take some pics once I get this shit going. But all I can say is its going to be legit as all hell.
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    growone

    growone Well-Known Member

    if your motivation is energy savings, i don't believe this will help
    a power supply will consume some energy in converting line power to dc
    though you can setup a micro grow, which may give you a good crop, but it will be smaller
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    Well right now between my fans, and lights I'm pulling about 1200 watts, and I figured I could power my whole grow using dc lights and fans and only use a 500 watts power supply. This is a rough estimate, but its less than half of what I'm using now.
    Good point, and my definition of micro is less than 5 plants. Because I've never grown more than a few at a time.
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    And my main motivation, is the fact of using all dc. I just think its cool, and a lot more discreet.
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    growone

    growone Well-Known Member

    i like the thread, there are so many wrinkles to this hobby
    even if total light efficiency is a bit less, you may still benefit with a more efficient grow
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

    My point exactly man.
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    SnotBoogie

    SnotBoogie Active Member

    http://www.rollitup.org/stealth-micro-cab-growing/575053-growing-car-12vdc-hid-lights.html this is the thread i was referring to.

    I was just being a dick calling him a mouth breather. We got into a defoliation argument of course :bigjoint:
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    carpetflier07

    carpetflier07 Active Member

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