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    redneck grower Chicken's Avatar
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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    im gonna start mine under a 400 watt metal halide grow bulb.

    i just found out i may have the next week off, so i may get things going this weekend,
    i have a 1,000 watt metal halide system, but no bulb, and they cost $ 70.00

    i got it for free, minus the bulb, but im thinking the 400 will be plenty, for no more than 4 trays under it, but if the light '' spreads'' real good, i may put more trays under, it, to start my yard plants with,

    but im mainlly focusing on the bacca and the tomatoes, for the first run,
    GIVING BIG TOBACCO THE MIDDLE FINGER,

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    Chicken I got the lights for 60 us, tere is a chart on the link that compares all the bulbs and run cost.

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    U can run high pressure sodium bulbs in a metal halide ballast,as long as the starter is capable.I used to make my own ballasts,they're pretty simple.at the most u my have to change the starter.or the existing one wont last as long running hps lamps.hps have a better spectrum tho

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    Metal halide will be all good for seedlings tho.u could find a bulb in any old warehouse,demo yard etc cheap as

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakota View Post
    Chicken I got the lights for 60 us, tere is a chart on the link that compares all the bulbs and run cost.
    The link???

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    Last edited by Lakota; 03-10-2013 at 12:18 PM. Reason: add link

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    Sorry,,,ta

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    i like starting my seedlings under lights. i think they get a healthier start on life, getting the full spectrum of light, from a metal halide,

    last year i started under c,.f.l.'s with plant bulbs and was very sucessfull.

    allthough this year im gonna be using more trays than i got c.f.l.'s,,,,, so i aqquired these ballasts earlier in the year for this reason,

    using lights lets you cheat mother nature, allthough using them makes you mother nature, so you gotta stay on top of things, thier future is in your hands, now,
    GIVING BIG TOBACCO THE MIDDLE FINGER,

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

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    Re: starting your plants under '' lights'' > share your experience,

    I think i will start 2 different grows, I would hate to put all my eggs in 1 basket and screw it up with the lights. I only get 1 chance to grow, june july and august, there would no be a second chance in canada.

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