Cheap T5 Lights at Lowes!!

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by potpimp, Nov 18, 2008.

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    potpimp

    potpimp Sector 5 Moderator

    Yes it's true. I was picking up some stuff to build my latest aero unit and found some T5 fixtures and bulbs in the lighting section and the best part of it was they are half the price of what I've found online for the same thing. They don't come with reflectors though. I paid about $39 for the 46" fixture (2 bulb) and about $11 for two bulbs. I've never seen a T5 before; they are skinny little dudes. The bulbs are 3500 Kelvin.
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    thelastpirate

    thelastpirate Well-Known Member

    Actually..............................It was Freewheelin' Franklin that said that. (Your sig line)

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    dhhbomb

    dhhbomb Well-Known Member

    yea i saw this the day after i placed my order with htg for a t5 with four bulbs for much more and i could have gotten 8 bulb set up for the same price if only i had know they had the 5600 kevin set up there too
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    cassino420

    cassino420 Active Member

    Does anyone think that 6CFLs would be better than a t5?
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    potpimp

    potpimp Sector 5 Moderator

    No way. I have some 60w multi-spectrum CFL's and I don't think they would come close.
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    potpimp

    potpimp Sector 5 Moderator

    Yeah, Pirate, I keep changing it to Freewheeling Franklin but one of the mods keeps changing it back.
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    ccanine25

    ccanine25 Well-Known Member

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    BigBudBalls

    BigBudBalls Well-Known Member

    There are T5's and HO-T5's (high output)
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    22urbo

    22urbo Well-Known Member

    has anyone ever tried flowering with the t-5's? I heard since you can keep the lights almost to about a half-inch away from the plants it will produce nice buds. Oh and i'm talking about if you were to flower from clone with no vegg time at all. I'm sure you can still get a decent yield if doing SOG and you'd be saving a lot of power as well.

    Anyone ever try this?
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    Landragon

    Landragon Well-Known Member

    Yeah I'm wondering what his guy got as I have yet to see T5-HO ballsats or fixtures, let alone bulbs, at Lowes. I suspect he got 28w T5 which are only slightly better than the T8 or T12 bulbs. Which is to say they aren't that good for pot.
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    atombomb

    atombomb Well-Known Member

    HO t5s are quite a bit more expensive. They dont carry them at lowes. I believe they go all the way up to 200w if Im not mistaken.
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    weedyoo

    weedyoo Well-Known Member

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    potpimp

    potpimp Sector 5 Moderator

    I think I have the HO bulbs; they are German made Sylvania Pentron 3500k 28w.
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    intensive

    intensive Well-Known Member

    o yea...i got a 150w hps for 20 dollars. sorry i had to throw that in there
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    Landragon

    Landragon Well-Known Member

    46.5"-28w = T5
    46.5"-54w = T5HO

    T5HO are excellent for scrog and sog and side lighting. They are nearly as afficient as metal halide and when used with a quality reflector have decent penetration. If overdriven, they can be used for full size plants but must be changed out every harvest. They also burn at maximum intensity when the surface is at over 100•F. Overcooling them will cut the output 30%. :)

    T5 are good for clones and seedlings. ;(
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    potpimp

    potpimp Sector 5 Moderator

    Oh well... It's the thought that counts, right? :)
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    panhead

    panhead Moderator

    T-12's arent good for growing pot ?

    Ive never used a T-8 so i cant speak on that but i do use 40 watt T-12's @ 6500k & they work great for growing weed,they work just as well as the metal Halide i was running previously for my veg room & much better than cfl's,,i get very strong growth that yeilds thick lush plants using T-12's for veg.

    My T-12's in action.

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    panhead

    panhead Moderator

    I thought it was a good find,thanks for posting it.
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    BigBudBalls

    BigBudBalls Well-Known Member

    Well put. (SO much *bunk* on the shallow end of the pool, here) But would also like to add that vegging is the easy stage, and the plants work well with almost any decent quality light ( T5, CFLs, floro tubes - T8s T12s, MH, etc)
    Flowering is where 'men' are made. (and the $$$$, if your you are on the commercial side)

    (side note. Been following the ductmasters thread too; with great interest, just too scared to post :) just dumb questions )
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    panhead

    panhead Moderator

    Its been a confusing test so far.

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