Recommend $300 budget light..... For a friend

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by TurboTokes, Aug 24, 2018.

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    TurboTokes

    TurboTokes Well-Known Member

    Light will be used for autoflowers in a 3x3 space. Just looking to help a friend out to give a quality product link to show them, and I'm not to experienced with autoflowers and automated dtw.

    I am biased to a 600w hps/mh setup, but they are not to keen on that choice because of the ballast noise

    Cheers to any links to suggestions in this price range
     
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    hotrodharley

    hotrodharley Well-Known Member

    Definitely a Mars Hydro 100 watt LED then. What ballast noise? The little fan?
     
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    ColoradoHighGrower

    ColoradoHighGrower Well-Known Member

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    TurboTokes

    TurboTokes Well-Known Member

    Yes the fan on my digital ballast moves a good bit of air and makes some noise for sure
     
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    hotrodharley

    hotrodharley Well-Known Member

    Magnetic ballasts don't do much more than hum. No RFI/EMI complaints. Love the 315CMH but cooling can be an issue in a tent.
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member

    Cmh ballasts are just bricks. No fans on the ones I have seen. Silent.

    Also many hps/mh ballasts with no fan.
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member

    But still need an exhaust fan to grow.
     
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    mastrmasn

    mastrmasn Well-Known Member

    I am in the process of building a linear strip light using Bridgelux LED strips for the same space. At a cost of 250$. Did a lot of research on these builds and found that there’s a lot of band for your buck.
     
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    TacoMac

    TacoMac Well-Known Member

    If it's only 3 x 3, a 400 watt MH/HPS will be more than good enough.
     
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    Kushash

    Kushash Well-Known Member

    I have digital and magnetic ballasts.
    I think mine are quite but I do have bad hearing.
    Don't large fans need to be running at the same time as the ballast for circulation and ventilation.
    Can you here the ballast with the fans running?
     
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    TacoMac

    TacoMac Well-Known Member

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    Coloradoclear

    Coloradoclear Well-Known Member

    So that's a great dollar amount for a decent light. If noise is going to be an issue, you had better figure out your ventilation situation before even thinking about a light. Exhaust noise and odor are not something to overlook.
     
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    ColoradoHighGrower

    ColoradoHighGrower Well-Known Member

    I wonder if anyone has tried those bladeless fans for either air movement inside their grow space, or configured as an exhaust fan? Those things are pretty much silent too, and they can move a good quantity of air taboot...
     
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    growin-Jables

    growin-Jables Well-Known Member

    Shit 300 bucks for a 3x3 coverage.....that's a perfect situation for a 315w cmh. The nanolux 315w cmh is a vertically mounted bulb set up for $240. Then your Phillip's 3100k bulb is $60. Boom 300 bucks and perfect foot print for 3x3. And able to use it from veg ti flower . Boom
     
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    TacoMac

    TacoMac Well-Known Member

    The problem with that is that the ballast is part of the fixture which causes some very serious heat issues in the tent.

    Digital ballast doesn't have that problem and produces the same light for half the price.
     
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    growin-Jables

    growin-Jables Well-Known Member

    The 315s put off almost no heat...including be attached to the ballast. Less than what a 400w hps puts off with out the ballast
     
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    TacoMac

    TacoMac Well-Known Member

    So you're telling me that a bulb in a fixture attached to the ballast in a tent together puts off no heat and needs no ventilation at all while a bulb only in a fixture with no ballast at all puts out tons of heat?

    Dude, stop smoking. You've had enough.
     
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    InTheValley

    InTheValley Well-Known Member

    4 luminus cobs,
    1 HLG-480-2100b
    $288
    Small driver for fans, ACplug,

    400watts and would kick ass
     
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    Coloradoclear

    Coloradoclear Well-Known Member

    A 315 LEC sun system, built in ballast, puts off the same heat as a 250 HPS. I own one.
     
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    chronnie49

    chronnie49 Well-Known Member

    I would go with the 315 cmh for that space too.
     
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