Looking for guidance

Hey all,
For the past three years I’ve been starting plants inside then in June, moving them outside to finish.
I’d really like to get a true indoor grow started but I’m undecided about a few things, honestly I’m undecided about almost everything lol
I’m thinking about getting two tents, a 4 x 2 for veg using my hydrofarm agrobrite flt48 T5, and a 4 x 4 for flowering. I’ve been looking at the HLG lights but I’m not sure which would work best for flowering in that size tent. Eventually I’d be getting a HLG for the veg tent, again I don’t know which light to veg a 4x2.
I’d like to do hydro, I have the time at home to give them all the attention they’d need.
Again I don’t know where to start with hydro. Ideally, I like a system that isn’t too complicated to get started or overly expensive to get into.
I’d love to get some detailed feedback so I can slowly formulate a plan, and piece this together.
Thanks for reading, and the time.

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The consensus around here is the 2 HLG 260 XL R specs are the way to go for lighting a 4x4. You could also use a third HLG 260 XL R spec to light your 4x2 veg tent, a cool thousand dollars in lights that will take you a long way, lack of light will never be your problem. Not a hydro guy so will leave that for others.

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The R spec is the one that does both veg and flower? What if I wanted dedicated lights for each phase, still R’s?

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Also, the 2 260’s would be better then 1 550, is that because I can spread the lights a bit to get better coverage?

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Yes, R spec is for seed to harvest, There is a B spec made specially for veg but they don’t offer a 260 XL B spec kit for some reason. There is the 260 (non XL) B spec, which I have and is a great freaking light for veg, just that XL size is a better fit in a 4x2 but since they don’t make that kit, could build yourself though, buy the heatsink, boards and driver separately.

Here are my veg lights a HLG 135 and 260 B spec.

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Yes, better spread with the 2 lights, specially in a 4x4. I have the 550 in a 3x3 and it’s perfect for that.

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Ok, thank you! I’ll start squirreling away $ for those lol I’ll probably have to just start with the two. Maybe I’ll run just one tent at first to get a feel for the whole set up before having separate tents. Might save a few nickels.

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Oh shit! That’s what I’m talkin about haha looks beautiful man.

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Thanks, with indoor growing, the lights make all the difference, great lights gets you great buds and great yields.

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Yeah I’ve been lurking reading all you guy’s stuff on lights. I just wasn’t sure if there was a specific light for veg and another for flower. Or if I should look at the combo.
That bottom pic, is that two 260 xl’s? They have blue and red with white?

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Bottom pic is the HLG 550 R spec with a HLG 30 watt UVA add-on (the pretty blue lights in the middle of the light).

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Oh ok, that’s a 3x3 tent?

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Yes, I use 2 3x3 tents, one for veg and one for flowering, doing perpetual grows, harvest every 8-10 weeks.

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That looks like a shit load of flowers, showed my wife and she’s like wow that looks crazy. :+1:t3:
What do you average dry weight with that size setup?

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Yeah that was 20 oz of buds I harvested a couple weeks ago.

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I average 20-24 oz a harvest, that grow was only 3 plants and I usually do 4 and get closer to 24 oz. Pound and a half out of a 3x3 tent, every 8-10 weeks, who needs bigger tents?

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No shit man, seems like you have that dialed in. You in organics?

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Yeah I’ve been doing this a while, pretty dialed in. I use the Advanced Nutrients line now, have done organics in the past, used to do whole grows with just worm castings and seabird and bat guano.

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That’s awesome man, we’ll I appreciate your time and sharing your knowledge with me.

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No problem, happy growing!

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