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OfflineTrueHerbCrystal
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CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter?
    #352778 - 01/24/10 10:10 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Besides the practical problem of how to fit it inside a socket housing, would a set-up of CFL bulbs involving 3 "2-way" splitters on one electrical socket work?

Is this a electrical hazard?


The reason why I want to do this is because I read somewhere on the Growery that a user said (as a general rule) that plants should get at least 100 real watts if you are using a CFL as a light source.

But, because of the spacing, I might just use 2 dish reflector per plant, but all these dishes are getting expensive. The less I need to use, the better.

So, is this a bad idea or should I just use 2 per socket?

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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #352779 - 01/24/10 10:14 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

heat might be an issue i dunno electrically though


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #352790 - 01/24/10 10:30 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I use that same dish, check the top of the socket, it should say the max amount of amps/watts per light, but I believe it said 300w (incandescent).

Good luck and let us know if you figure it out.

I might just do the same.


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: NightGrower]
    #352808 - 01/24/10 11:00 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah, true dat Man, heat might be a serious issue with four 27watts bulbs.

So NightGrower, you got the same light dish? Nice! They're pretty nice, no?

If you do try the 4-way set-up, make sure you look for an extension for the socket. Right now, it doesn't fit at all.

And I don't like the wide spacing of bulbs: too far apart. I wish they were flexible, like the ones that plug into the 3-prong sockets. Oh well.

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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: NightGrower]
    #352840 - 01/25/10 12:35 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

One more thing...

I checked the top of the socket for the amp/volt/watt rating. Its say "MAX: 250 volts/660 watts" Damn thats a lot of watts! So, I guess I just answered my own question then, yes it can be done without electrical fire issues, but getting it to fit in a reflector dish and dealing with the excess heat may be a problem.

That was easy enough...thanks NightGrower

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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #352897 - 01/25/10 05:45 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

if you got 2 more splitters or maybe one, and same amount of bulbs you may be able to fit it in there. cause it will make one of the bulbs face inwards accordin to my figgrin a'course...


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: the man]
    #353239 - 01/25/10 11:33 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

" figgrin' a'course "??? Whaaaa.....

Well, I tried the 4-way splitter set-up and it works, but its a very inefficient design. But, it does look pretty cool, like a UFO or an upside-down light tree.

Here's the reason why...
(1) All four bulbs stick outside of the reflector dish, so its pretty much not using it.
(2) The arrangement is too far apart from eachother. But, if they were close to eachother, excessive heat might be a hazard.

And Here's what it looks like:

^Materials Used: 1 ~75 degree socket splitter (its the light-tan one in the middle). Two 90 degree socket splitters. Two socket extenders. Two 5000K 26watt CFLs. Two 6500K 27watt CFLS. One reflector clamp lamp. Total price, just for adapters: ~$13 ($2.50 a piece)

I had no problems turning it on, or any other electrical problems. The only problems I have with it is the ones I already mentioned above.

Well, I guess I'm just gunna have to get 2-3 more large dish types, and use 2 dishes per plant. I guess it could be worst, like paying a couple hundred for a HPS grow light.

For my first time, CFL's will do....

Hot 4-Way
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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #353326 - 01/26/10 12:28 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

i was doing southern accent guy. what i meant was if you had another splitter it would place a bulb in the center.


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: the man]
    #353342 - 01/26/10 01:12 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Oh, do 3-way splitters exist? I'll have to look into that, sounds like a good idea.

Also, I didn't get the "dirty south" talk sorry...can you enlighten me?......what does "accordin to my figgrin a'course" really mean?

Thanks for the translation, slang slinger.

Its a Southern thing...
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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #353344 - 01/26/10 01:16 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

How bright are those? they dont look too bright.


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: Triptonic]
    #353347 - 01/26/10 01:25 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

The pictures above are 2 types of bulbs, the 5000k is 26 watts and the 6500K is 27 watts. I am planning on using four seperate 26-27 watt bulbs per plant (once I get my seeds).

I'm thinking that using 104-108watts on a seedling might be overkill, so for germination I am going to use just 2 of those 26-27 watt CFL. That should be enough, right?

I really don't know...
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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: Triptonic]
    #353348 - 01/26/10 01:27 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

"according to my figgering, of course."  no i meant just add a another splitter by doing so it looks like to will move one light towards the middle.

ya those arent to bright only 26 watters, you neeed to get the 42-45 watters. with 2 of those you will get the same brightness. so if you do put four 4 watters you will really get some growth. might be overkill though from the top as they dont penetrate very well. but dont take my word for it...


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: the man]
    #353349 - 01/26/10 01:29 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

oh replied before i finished typing. NM


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: the man]
    #353351 - 01/26/10 01:39 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I know, I wanted to get 42 watters, but I couldn't find the right color temp.

I did buy some 2700K 42watters, which look like CFL's on steriods, but after reading "lighting" tips, I found out its the wrong "color" of light for germination/vegging, so I went with the highest wattage of the *right* color, the 5000-7000K range, and the highest one was 26 and 27 watts. I've checked like 2 stores for higher watts, but no one has it over here. And I don't wanna pay for shipping by ordering online, so I'm shopping locally. :thumbup: Thanks sales tax-free Oregon! :leaf:

I will be definitely using the big 42watt 2700K bulbs for flowering, they are perfect for the job.

But for the vegging, I will use the 26 and 27 watters. Keep in mind, I turned the sensetivity of my camera to "ISO 100" for best picture quality, which means darker photos. When I had the silly "4-way" tree set-up, it was blinding to look at the bulbs directly. I thought my eye-sight was damaged by staring at them for just a few seconds.

On the package, the label says "1,750 Lumens each" which is a total of 7,000 lumens with all four bulbs. Is that enough light?

Thanks in advance, payment
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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #353356 - 01/26/10 01:44 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

What is the plant you have them over?


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: Triptonic]
    #353357 - 01/26/10 01:48 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Oh, its just a stand-in, a tester. Its a small coffee plant I bought because it looks cool.

I haven't gotten my seeds yet (ordered them last Sat.), so I'm just using that plant as a "what if" plant, ya know, like how baseball players imagine they are going to hit a homerun before they even get to base.

So do you think ~7,000 lumens of light is enough for 1 small closet plant?

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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #353363 - 01/26/10 01:57 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I think its something like 3,000 lumens per sq. foot. Are you just vegging with CFLs?


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: Triptonic]
    #353365 - 01/26/10 02:02 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Yes, my entire grow will just be using CFL, because I'm a cheap ass. But not cheap enough to use incandescents...thats too far.

How wide, in square feet, does a typical closet plant grow after 1 month of vegging?

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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: TrueHerbCrystal]
    #353366 - 01/26/10 02:05 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Hard to say man, but I would definatly tie down the plant to make sure it can get as much light as possible. You might want to ask Harry_Ballsach what he did with his CFL grow. His turned out pretty well.


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Re: CFL Electrical Question: "4-way" Splitter? [Re: Triptonic]
    #353367 - 01/26/10 02:12 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

i dont think you can add lumens, but i am not sure on that. but ya if you put 2 of the big 42s on top, and then the smaller 26 on the side(maybe turn 1/4 daily), that will forsurely work but maybe toss it into flower at around a foot if your not training.i only say that cause of penetration issues. cant wait to see the results!!


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