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Staggered time for lights

Hi everyone


I know similar threads exist about light timing and what is best but I don’t want to start that debate here. 

I currently have a light on 24/0


I would like to be on 20/4 but my lights only have options for being on 12,14,16 or 18 at a time. 

My question is this: does anyone have any experience or ideas on what would happen if I had 2 lights with lower intensity one coming on at say 8AM and the second coming on at 10AM both on a 18/6 cycle so the 8am would turn off at 2am and the 10am at 4am. 

This would create the 20/4 but with 4 hours reduced light intensity, somewhat like a natural sunrise and sunset


Any thoughts welcomed :))

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I'd doubt it would cause any problems.


What do you plan for flower light cycle, just straight on and off 12hrs or fading the starting and ending hour?


There is a belief that shorting the lights on hours slightly towards late flower can speed up the finish by mimicking the end of season.

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Alright there @abztripper


I can see your thoughts mimicking the sun rise and setting with lower intensity at the start and the end, perhaps if you were using more red spectrum it could make a difference, there’s only one way to find out.


Reminds me of this old boy I used to know he had hps on a arch of track with a motor slowly moving it over the arch as the day passes, looked cool as fuck, did it make any difference? He reckoned it did, I didn’t.


Take it easy. Jj :yinyang:

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