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Air cooling Vs. No air cooling
    #451070 - 07/25/10 03:42 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Looking at a 400W HPS and I was wondering if its worth spending a bit more money to get an Air cooled reflector instead of a stock standard one.

What are the benefits?

My grow space will be a pretty average garden shed with no insulation, I'm not going to be running any exhaust, but I figured the space is big enough for any heat generated by the 400 to be dissipated into the air.

My space is about 3.5Ft-7Ft-6Ft


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: T-Rex]
    #451075 - 07/25/10 04:22 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

That will need to be air cooled. I have a storage area room that is 20x20 and 7ft tall and it brought the temp up 10-15 degrees. Air-cooled is the way to go because you can get the light much closer to the plant.


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: TheShroomJew23]
    #451076 - 07/25/10 04:22 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Cool thanks man, I'll definitely go for the Air cooled version then :awehigh:


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: T-Rex]
    #451097 - 07/25/10 10:56 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Air cooled has changed things alot for me.
Winter grows use less electricity but summer grows have more humidity. Will learn to deal with it.


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: KaptKid]
    #451106 - 07/25/10 11:47 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

We're pretty lucky here with low humidity through most of summer, and hopefully this cooltube will help keep the heat to a manageable temperature :awehigh:


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: T-Rex]
    #451125 - 07/25/10 01:42 PM (6 years, 4 months ago)

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Looking at a 400W HPS and I was wondering if its worth spending a bit more money to get an Air cooled reflector instead of a stock standard one.

What are the benefits?

My grow space will be a pretty average garden shed with no insulation, I'm not going to be running any exhaust, but I figured the space is big enough for any heat generated by the 400 to be dissipated into the air.

My space is about 3.5Ft-7Ft-6Ft



Air cooled is the way to go, no doubt.

But just to point out a few things, that room is mighty big for a 400, two would be better for a room that size, or better yet two 600s.

You say you aren't going to run any exhaust, why?

I ask because fresh air is very important to your plants, or do you plan on running some sort of ozone generator?


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: Stoneth]
    #451324 - 07/25/10 10:34 PM (6 years, 4 months ago)

The space is large but I'm only having 2 plant's and I wont be using the whole room, I'm going to build a light lock, dividing the room pretty much into half.

I'm also using the light for some smaller flowers and things I want to get a head start on before summer.

The main reason I won't be using exhaust is the money issue at the moment, I would love to get one, and hopefully I will, but I just cant afford it right now. I will have fans circulating the air, do you think It would do without the exhaust for a few weeks while I get some funds?


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: T-Rex]
    #451391 - 07/26/10 01:32 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Use cfls for veg while you save up for air-cooling. I built my veg set-up all from thrown out, recycled, or cough stolen cough sources.


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: TheShroomJew23]
    #451399 - 07/26/10 02:00 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Bit late sorry, already ordered a 400W HPS cooltube, but hopefully I can add to it when money becomes available


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: T-Rex]
    #451803 - 07/27/10 06:43 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

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Cool thanks man, I'll definitely go for the Air cooled version then :awehigh:





Smart, there is only one thing better then air cooled and that is water


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: Magash]
    #451804 - 07/27/10 07:00 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Yea I looked into those, but the ones I found were way out of my price range.

I ended up getting one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/400W-HPS-DIGITAL-BALLAST-COOLTUBE-INSIDE-LIGHTING-KIT-/220576640756?cmd=ViewItem&pt=AU_Seed_Starting_Hydroponics&hash=item335b646ef4


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: T-Rex]
    #452185 - 07/28/10 02:00 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

That will do ya just fine. :thumbup:


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: Magash]
    #452193 - 07/28/10 03:45 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Hey Magash,
          Have you seen anyone DIY a water cooled hood yet. I have thought about just whipping out the old blow torch and some sheet glass and roll my own out but I would rather use something less breakbale.

BTW sorry not trying to jack the thread just curious


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: TheShroomJew23]
    #452551 - 07/28/10 06:19 PM (6 years, 4 months ago)

The closest I've seen is a glass coil around the bulb with a hose at each end. One end connected to a pump and the other goes back to the water reservoir.

Just imagine a large hollow glass spring around the bulb.


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Re: Air cooling Vs. No air cooling [Re: Magash]
    #453188 - 07/30/10 05:18 PM (6 years, 4 months ago)

Thats pretty awesome, thanks for the help.


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