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calif123

Do i really need a propagation light?

Hi chaps,

 

I'm back in the game after a long break. I no longer have my PL2 propagation light and was wondering whether I actually NEED it to shell out 50-60 bucks for it, or will the ladies be ok putting a 600W light (high as i get get it) from seed?

 

Cheers for any advice or pointers!

 

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Straight under a 600w high up might make for spindly leggy long plants plus wasted cash in running costs mate. 

I would get a cheap t5 fluro for the initial popping then grow upusi ing the light with them if you have a dimmable ballast and a bulbs

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lighting In an ideal world you would be better with lower wattage lighting for small plants, but i put them straight under 600s mate, no problem. I don't have cash to spare for propogator lighting either, its all going in the leccy meter lol. 

I keep the light about a meter away and lower it over a week or two, till its a couple of feet above the plants, they don't look to be unhappy

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50 quid for a veg light, or 600W of energy for  18 hours a day. 

 

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House bulb will start em off.

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Good stuff, thanks for the advice chaps.

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Started seeds under a 600w quite a few times when I had no option and they turned out fine, just gotta check and water a lot more often, its pretty easy to kill seedlings by letting them get too dry when under a big light.

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you could diy an led light for less than a score.

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6500k cool white, household CFL will do.. I even reckon a cheap £1 11w warm white bulb will do but the spectrum leans towards more a bloom range, it'll be the lighting schedule that makes up the grow or bloom cycle so anything 16-18h or even 24h regardless of spectrum should be fine for you.

 

But I reckon you know the lighting schedules, you just need some lumen ;)

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On 2/22/2020 at 10:26 AM, FatBoy77 said:

you could diy an led light for less than a score.

That's a nice idea worth making use of ;)

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Better having high intensity from the very beginning IMO, just not so economic leccy wise unless you happen to be starting hundreds...

 

MH in a large parabolic about 1-2 ft away works very well.  Dimmable ballasts are handy, I've had no problems simply running a 600 bulb on 250, 400, 600, 660. Flicking a switch instead of storing and changing over lights is nice and simple.  

 

 

 

 

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i find an adjustable ballast to be ideal, I start with a 250w mh when I pot up I use 400w duel once in flower up to a 600hps bulbs are quite cheap and seem to last forever

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