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Offlineandyman1111996
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home-made light
    #625842 - 06/03/12 04:06 PM (4 years, 6 months ago)

im a little straped for cash  and i need a cheap way to light my crop. does anyone know how to make a home made light that would be bright enough for a couple plants through the whole grow process? or does anyone know if you can just keep adding thoughs CFL 2 way split things until you have enough lights?


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Re: howmade light [Re: andyman1111996]
    #625844 - 06/03/12 04:28 PM (4 years, 6 months ago)

Just stick to cfl's if cash is an issue.


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Re: howmade light [Re: Stoneth]
    #625861 - 06/03/12 06:45 PM (4 years, 6 months ago)

i used  a shop light with those fluorescent plant lights


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Re: howmade light [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #626466 - 06/07/12 03:12 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

I think you should tell him how many Watts he should try to get per plant. I can't tell because I don't know.


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Re: howmade light [Re: sidetwist]
    #626469 - 06/07/12 03:17 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

I'd use at least 150 watts per square foot, if I had to use cfl's or t5 or any fluorescent for that matter.

With HID's I use 75 to 100 wpsf.


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Re: howmade light [Re: sidetwist]
    #626470 - 06/07/12 03:26 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

As a general rule of thumb, you want to shoot for between 75 and 100 watts per square foot. CFL's are easier than long flouros IMO because you can hang them wherever they're needed, and really close to the plant, too...


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Re: howmade light [Re: Tank333]
    #626480 - 06/07/12 04:12 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

i use just to a 400mh but i think im going to add a cuple cfls just were i think they need more lite


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Re: howmade light [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #627045 - 06/11/12 04:38 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

before my HID ballast came in a few months ago I built a hood out of:
8" galvanized vent tube (about 24")
2x2 on each end to make a dome shape (about 5')
4' romex - electrical wire
3 - medium bulb bases
3 - bulb spliters
6 - 23w 6500k cfls for a total of about 8000 lumes
a computer power cord (for wall plugin)

it cost me about $15 to build + the bulbs and it worked in veg just fine. If you were going to try to use something like this you would probably want to build at least a 2nd before switching to flowering.



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Re: howmade light [Re: viper33802]
    #627300 - 06/12/12 09:05 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

im going to make one for my clones. it should be good for that what you think


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Re: howmade light [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #628340 - 06/18/12 07:01 PM (4 years, 5 months ago)

well what i ment is can i put together 3 e27 to 2x e27 together to get 4 florescents out of one outlet. how would i know if the wattage for the light would be too much for the socket or whatever?


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Re: howmade light [Re: andyman1111996]
    #628399 - 06/19/12 07:54 AM (4 years, 5 months ago)

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andyman1111996 said:
well what i ment is can i put together 3 e27 to 2x e27 together to get 4 florescents out of one outlet. how would i know if the wattage for the light would be too much for the socket or whatever?




Go look at the breaker for the room. It is most likely 15A. if so then 15A * 120V = 1800W. So to answer your question, 4 florescent bulbs is probably about 27W (x4) is only 108W. That is not even 1A of power. You should be fine


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