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Tutorial to Growing with Cfl's

Discussion in 'CFL / Fluorescent Lighting' started by Dr.Chronic, Sep 9, 2008.

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    Tink3rFarms

    Tink3rFarms Active Member

    Wow I have been looking for this kind of information for some time now! Thanks for the post.. Please keep em coming
     
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    Joe Blows Trees

    Joe Blows Trees Well-Known Member

    Very informative, thanks.
     
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    Cronic12

    Cronic12 Member

    is it possible to flower under 6500k cfls?
     
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    PapaPit

    PapaPit Member

    I have noticed if you baby them from the start then you have to baby them through the full cycle baby = letting chlorine diaipate before use. (myself, I live in the country down here in the sunshine state, which means unless you live in the city on a shared water supply [which is city recycled water] I live in the country down here which means I have a personel drilled well that goes into the giant florida Fed fresh water aquafir or fresh water spring Fed, only thing I have to worry about is the lime stone and other heavy natural minerals. but if you use chlorinated water from the start I have found it doesn't really affect the plant, but if you start clean and switch to chlorinated it really affects the plant drastically, but from start to end not really,
     
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    Blunted 4 lyfe

    Blunted 4 lyfe Well-Known Member


    Believe it or not I use nothing but rain water, that gets most of the nutrients your plant needs it comes down from the atmosphere, if I were living down where you are thats what I would be doing, I'm up north and growing in soil with SS so all I do is add water and do teas, my last one was a banana peel tea (high in potash) in my 6 week of flower.

    B4L
     
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    Blunted 4 lyfe

    Blunted 4 lyfe Well-Known Member

    Only if you're growing an auto otherwise you need 2700k (warm).
    I personally like to mix it up with 2700k, 3500k, 5100k (yellow, red, blue) spectrums. That closely mimics the sun in end of summer early fall.

    B4L
     
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    PapaPit

    PapaPit Member

    I have both sets of C.F.L. 400 watt bulbs. I have the regular whites bright, and i have the 400 watt C.F.L. warms or orangish kind of tint for my photoperiod vegging to flowering plants. and it has worked great so far, no problems, I use 2 of them per plant, my friend says I really only need 1 bulb of 400 watts, something like the equivalence to 12 single 100 watt bulbs per light but i say you can never have too many lumens, rather over then under I think,
     
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    PapaPit

    PapaPit Member

    don't they sell sunlight mimicking bulbs with all the color band's? I think they do but i didn't get those because I couldn't find them in a single bulb with high enough watt and lumen concentrate, but the web site I use is discreet and have alot of indoor garden supplies. I'm sure if I looked hard enough and really searched I could get it. I don't know. I'll have to check and get back to you...
     
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    Blunted 4 lyfe

    Blunted 4 lyfe Well-Known Member

    I've never heard of just 1 CFL bulb with all the spectrums, the only 1 peice light that I know of is an LED fixture.

    B4L
     
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    PapaPit

    PapaPit Member

    no it wasn't a C.F.L. I'm sorry I should of been clearer on what I meant or where or how I saw it that's my bad, sorry. but the bulbs I saw were actually more like a regular everyday round bulb. and regular looking but it had on the label the light bulb and a rainbow next to it. like I said before i want to study a little more on it and see for 4 4 for sure that I'm speaking of the rite thing the rite way. it would be funny to be doing all this talking like I'm some sort of know it all and watch the rainbow next to the bulb be some gay rights lol or something off the wall like that, then I'd feel wheely tarded lol so lemme check on those before I try to comment or clarify. lol the site I use has 1000 of just different style bulbs and plugs, with special connectors and special plugs and lights and setups for just indoor gardening I'll get the website name and post it in my next article, if we're allowed to post web addresses on here
     
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    Blunted 4 lyfe

    Blunted 4 lyfe Well-Known Member

    Sure posting web addresses is perfectly ok after all RIU is for helping out fellow growers in any way possible.

    Sounds like that site you were refering to might be 1000 bulbs out of China but I might be wrong, I'll just wait til you get back to us on that.

    B4L
     
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    PapaPit

    PapaPit Member

    That's exactly the site blunted. It's great. Takes a lol while to get your stuff but it works great and has everything you need, 1 stop shop for 1000 of different grow lights. And they do have the full spectrum lightbulb don't know how well I would trust it. I like the spectrums I can actually see the changes so I'm for sure to know exactly what my beaiuties Are getting. But they site there. So if you do happen to purchase and use. Them hit us up and let us know how it worked.. Lol you may have a miracle idea and get the best results ever.. Lol anyway.. Good luck and have fun...
     
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    vfwvn

    vfwvn Well-Known Member

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    LOB

    LOB Member

    Hey first time grower/very new to forums. Just curious, are 3500k cfls dumb to use? I currently have mixed bulbs, 2700k 3500k and 6500k. Would I be better off switching the 3500k's to either side of the spectrum?

    Also, I'm currently vegging with mixed spectrum, how much would it really effect my yield to switch to 100% 6500k for veg, and then switch all of the bulbs to 2700k for flower? I plan to go through my entire veg/flower with mixed spectrum.

    Currently on day 15 of veg I have
    4 150W equivalent 6500k
    4 150W equivalent 3500k
    2 300W equivalent 2700k
     

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    tokingtiger

    tokingtiger Well-Known Member

    i grew with cfl's for a couple years, what a waste of time and bud, never had the quality or amount of bud using the same wattage of LED.. i would never go back, not cracking or acting better than anyone, just letting you know what i honestly experienced. LED's actual draw is about 60% of what they say, so a 400w LED is only going to draw 240 watts. or about 2.5 amps. in a 4x4 tent, you can have 2x400 watt and one 300w and still have amps left over for some vegging lights. cheapest place i found, and 3 years later, still working? 600 w LED w/5w bulbs $139.99 LED is not too expensive anymore. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mars...b201644_3_79_78_77_82_80_62,searchweb201560_4
     
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    Potatosanchez

    Potatosanchez Member

    Hey guys got this cfl I'm going to veg with..will this be enough or should I add more. .cheers 20160209_143316.jpg 20160209_143310.jpg

    For 1 plant i should've added ;)
     
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    Blunted 4 lyfe

    Blunted 4 lyfe Well-Known Member

    Yes it will work fine. But keep in mind like toking tiger said is all true, I grew with cfl's and wound up with fluffy buds. Now I grow with hps and love it.

    B4L
     
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    Potatosanchez

    Potatosanchez Member

    I also just bought a mars reflector series led unit to give a try so might use that instead. .cheers
     
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    Joe Blows Trees

    Joe Blows Trees Well-Known Member

    @Blunted 4 lyfe I'm currently flowering out a bagseed under 4 CFLs to see how the bud comes out. I use an HPS as well, but there are some who swear the cfl can also make dense buds so I wanted to see for myself what CFLs can really do when it comes to flowering. I veg with some so I know they work for that. Curious as to what made you switch to HPS?
     
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    Blunted 4 lyfe

    Blunted 4 lyfe Well-Known Member

    The reason I switched was I saw my buds were way too fluffy and way behind other grows I saw here on RIU. I also read where some growers swore by cfl grow and had dense buds but I saw different so I set out to get better lighting I was either going to get an LED or hps and I wound up getting the hps recommended by another grower here on RIU.

    I'm on my second grow and went to a 2' x 8 bulb t5 for vegging and plan to flower under my 400 watt hps. It's a work in progress and I have the funds to throw into different lighting until I dial it in just right. Then I'll sell off what I don't use.
    But prices are way down on lighting you can get a decent mh/hps 400w for less then a buck fifty maybe even a 600w but that's a heating problem I don't need.


    Good luck bro!

    B4L
     

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