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OfflineQuackydabby96
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Advice on grow lights? CFL's and LEDs?
    #833329 - 06/06/18 05:26 PM (18 days, 2 hours ago)

Hi guys I just started my first real grow in a 2x2 tent and I've currently got a 48 watt LED panel, and a few other small lights for my lighting. I was wondering if it would be overkill to add 4 13w CFL's over my plants and a 300 watt mars hydro LED panel? Could I still use the light I've got now with all the planned additions? More light the better?  Thanks for any advice in advance!

Edited for better wording :smile:


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Re: Advice on grow lights? CFL's and LEDs? [Re: Quackydabby96]
    #833360 - 06/08/18 11:05 AM (16 days, 9 hours ago)

My advice is ditch everything and just use the mars hydro 300 watt. for a 2x2 area, that should do you great. More light doesn't mean better. You need the correct spectrum and intensity. Which for that area the mars hydro will work the best. There are better options but out of the ones you listed, the Mars is the best option.

Ditch those cfl's. Poisonus and old school. Each one of those cfl's contain enough mercury vapor to contaminate 5000 gallons of water. You could keep the 48 led panel but not necessary.


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Re: Advice on grow lights? CFL's and LEDs? [Re: shroomerite]
    #833362 - 06/08/18 11:37 AM (16 days, 8 hours ago)

Oh wow I had no idea that CFL's were dangerous, I happened to be reading that people were using them with LEDs to get a better spectrum and better results that's why I wanted to ask, but in any case I'll probably end up getting the Mars soon. Will my 48 led panel make a noticable difference when I get the mars (if I use them together) or should I just call it extra noise and use it for a different project or something?


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Re: Advice on grow lights? CFL's and LEDs? [Re: Quackydabby96]
    #833371 - 06/08/18 05:02 PM (16 days, 3 hours ago)

Couldn't hurt as the Mars Hydro lights usually don't list actual wattage but comparable wattage to an HID which confuses people. I would use it for a different project. Most LED lights for growing these days are tailor spectrumed to growing plants. You can get a 12 band specific spectrum led just for growing cannabis. I know some of the cheaper knockoffs aren't as good but some cheaper LED's these days are great. For your small area, That Mars will do fine.


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Re: Advice on grow lights? CFL's and LEDs? [Re: shroomerite]
    #833372 - 06/08/18 05:11 PM (16 days, 2 hours ago)

Here are a few pics of a plant grown under a high quality but cheap $400 LED light. I took multiple pics of the plant when I mainlined this baby girl the other day. Notice the dense stalk and the lush growth. LED's are where its at!






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Re: Advice on grow lights? CFL's and LEDs? [Re: shroomerite]
    #833379 - 06/08/18 06:21 PM (16 days, 1 hour ago)

I'm not gonna deny I've read a ton about LEDs and it seems like that's the direction everyone's headed, but every now and again I stumble across CFL's so that's why I was curious, also probably going to get the mars panel at some point hopefully soon. The led I have now gave some pretty good results with a few low Ryder's on my last attempt at growing so it should be ok until I upgrade.. your plants look really nice btw! Hope they recover from topping quick!


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