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wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now?
    #612105 - 03/09/12 01:13 AM (4 years, 8 months ago)



ok. im flowering 15 plants in a typical 5x5x6.5 grow tent under a 1000w bulb. i know thats lame but thats whats up. i just found an old 175w mv lamp(internal ballast)in the shop. im giving serious consideration to firing it up in the tent. not the best spectrum for flowering but its another 8-10k lumens and plenty of people have grown with it so. yeah. whatta ya think people?


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Beta Squirrel]
    #612106 - 03/09/12 01:14 AM (4 years, 8 months ago)

Well usually mercury vapor lamps are considered next to useless for growing pot (from what I've heard... I have no experience with them), but if you already have a 1KW HPS running then I don't see how it could hurt as supplemental lighting as long as it doesn't increase the temps too much.


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #612108 - 03/09/12 01:37 AM (4 years, 8 months ago)

im thinking...another 10k lumens couldnt be a bad thing in an already cramped tent. it might allow me to space everyone out a bit more and hopefully get a little more light penetration to the lower budsites ive read that mv's were used for MJ back in the day before metal halides took over. i owe it to this crop. lol. they've taken every mistake ive dished out and laughed in my face as they keep getting better. awesome :smile:


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Beta Squirrel]
    #612146 - 03/09/12 11:15 AM (4 years, 8 months ago)

false alarm...the ballast is shot on the lamp i found. i tested it and it works/ignites, but it overheats or breaks its circuit after 10 minutes or so. oh well. it gave me a better idea, i think. will a regular 4 ft flouresent shop fixture power t5 tubes? ive got two of those and i could get the bulbs for $20 that would be another 220w in the correct spectrum. i have a gift card for HD so it would cost me less than $10. worth it?


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Beta Squirrel]
    #612147 - 03/09/12 11:20 AM (4 years, 8 months ago)

No, those shop fixtures power T12 fluorescent bulbs.


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #612149 - 03/09/12 11:42 AM (4 years, 8 months ago)

bummer... harry- that pic of snowcap in your banner makes my dick hard. whats the story there? your strains?


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Beta Squirrel]
    #612185 - 03/09/12 02:20 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)



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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #612224 - 03/09/12 09:23 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)

threw these in today... at less than 20 dollars out of pocket, thats over 200+ watts of 2700k light for basically nothing. maybe it does nothing, idk, but it felt good to do something. these plants are doing so well im getting bored and impatient :smile:


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Beta Squirrel]
    #612234 - 03/09/12 10:34 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)

That's not a true 200 watts.


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #612235 - 03/09/12 11:08 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)

idk shit about electric. thats for sure. but it couldnt hurt :smile:


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Re: wtf!!! i just found a working 175w mv lamp in my shop...what now? [Re: Beta Squirrel]
    #612237 - 03/09/12 11:16 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)

Oh it'll help.  I'm just making sure your aware that it's not the equivalent of a 200 watt HPS or MH.


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