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There are a few Lighting options out there but the vast majority of Indoor Growing will be done with HPS (high Pressure Sodium),MH (Metal Hallide) or Fluorescents lights, Or a combination of the three for some like myself. Also remember that the HPS and Metal Hallide as well as the larger Fluros require Ballasts to power them. There are also a large assortments of hoods to choose from when selecting your light. The number of bulb options might also drive a grower crazy. I make recoomendations based on personal use and general public opinion
High-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps are smaller and contain additional elements such as mercury, and produce a dark pink glow when first struck, and a pinkish orange light when warmed. Some bulbs also briefly produce a pure to bluish white light in between.HPS Lamps are favored by indoor gardeners for general growing because of the wide color-temperature spectrum produced and efficiency cost of running the lights. High pressure sodium bulbs emit an orange-red glow. This band of light triggers hormones in plants to increase flowering/budding in plants. Get Lights, Ballasts, Hoods and more here
MH- Metal Hallide
Metal halide bulbs produce an abundance of light in the blue spectrum. This color of light promotes plant growth and is excellent for green leafy growth and keeping plants compact. It is one of the best sources of light to be used, especially during the vegetate stage. The Light efficiency per lumen does not compare as well however with the HPS over time.
Fluorescent Lights are Perfect for starting Seeds and Seedlings. They are low intensity bulbs so they need to be placed close to plants in order to be effective . With High output Fluoros people can do entire grows in smaller spaces since they emit less heat. Keep In mind these higher wattage bulbs are more expensive to replace.
LED lighting is also available but is not as popular from what I have seen. this may be due to the light efficiency but that may be getting better. I will review these further and update this section in the near future . .
please do not attempt to use any old bulb out your house and expect any kind of dececnt results. as they say "you go cheap, you grow cheap".Heard that someone where before and it stuck. that's not to say you cant find awesome deals out there online and in your local community.
If you are brand new my advice is to start relatively small with a 250 watt or 400 watt and do one or two grows on a small level before attempting anything too big. it will allow you to get used to the heat generated and learn what will be necessary to keep you room cooler if you have a smaller space. Theres no point having a light too big or that generates too much heat for your. Believe me when I say can be an annoying girlfriend during hotter months. Remember to consider your light bill if you are on a small budget when choosing. The rewards in the end will/should outweigh this concern once you get yourself going.
Lighting area by wattage (click to expand)
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