I chose the above subject title because I hope this journal will help others like me - I first began my studies a month ago, knowing absolutely nothing about growing. I will also try to keep the use of acronyms to a minimum and explain the ones I use as I go along.
Background: I began this project convinced I was going to use a commercially available space bucket with LED lighting - I wanted to get going as quickly as possible and just grow one small plant at a time. The options available kept snowballing until the price equalled that of a budget tent setup. At that point, I started thinking bigger.
The tent part was relatively easy - first decide on your area and height, then search for quality reviews and compare to pricing.
Lighting on the other hand is a complete nightmare. I was tormented by the decision(I didn’t bother considering fluorescents) of:
Low cost HPS/MH (High Pressure Sodium/Metal Halide), high heat and short bulb life.
High cost LED (Light Emitting Diode), low heat and incredibly long life.
I finally went with the following lighting option, which kind of fits between the other two:
1000 watt dimmable CMH/LEC (Ceramic Metal Halide/Light Emitting Ceramics) light with an air cooled hood.
It’s between the two on pricing, emits less heat than HPS/MH and supposedly has longer lasting bulbs. I plan on running it at a lower wattage for now, but have the ability to crank it up later when I feel more confident.
I also ordered a 48"x48"x73" tent, fan, carbon filter, other miscellaneous items.
I ordered 5 each of the following seeds from this site:
White Widow Autoflower
Super Skunk Autoflower
The seeds came much quicker than expected, and I didn’t have a tent yet! So, I decided to build a space bucket and use that to get things started, then move everything to the tent later. If this works out well, I may be able to utilize this setup in the future as well. My space bucket uses (5) 6500K or 2700K CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs. I should be finished with the space bucket tomorrow. My investment so far in the space bucket is $132.