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Anyway I got some info for ya. Let me know if you need anything else or just ask anyone here there all kinds of knowledge able people here.
Well here ya go…
To get the most out of fluorescent tubes, you will need to keep them 6-8 inches away from your plant. They are good for use on clones and seedlings or for vegetative growth. Try to avoid using them for flowering.
$80 for T5 Grow light 2 Tube – $220 for T5 Grow light 8 Tube.
-Excellent for seedling and clone growth.
-Low Running Cost.
-Not good for flowering.
-Bad light penetration.
What are they?￼
Compact fluorescent lights or CFLs are similar to standard fluorescent tubes, but are smaller in size and boast increased power. They are available in both daylight (6500k) and warm/soft light (2700k) and generate very little heat so are ideal for smaller grow spaces.
Best practice advice:
If you’re using CFL’s as your weed grow lights, you are better using more, lower wattage bulbs to spread the light around the plant. You will need to keep CFLs close to your plant as they a have poor light brilliance. Increase your light coverage and penetration by hanging lights around the side of the plant.
What are the Costs?
$40 for a 100watt bulb.
-Good for small grow spaces.
-Low running cost.
-Do not require ballast.
-You can get them from home depot.
-Not suitable for larger grows.
-Lack penetrative power so need to be kept close eyes on them.