Originally Posted by JS58272938
I obviously cant get this straight, this is my first time grow. I'm growing (2) skunk #1 feminized seeds for my personal use. I'm not a dealer. Right now my girls are about 16-17 inches high. They were orginally under 3 48in cfl's. I gave up on those because from what everyone told me tubes were less effective then the self ballast spiral cfl's. So i got rid of the tubes and bought two 10.5in metal domes (you know the type that clamp onto things?) then put two 32w 6500k cfls in them and have them about 4in from the plants. How many of these 32w cfls do i need to veg? I dont want MH or HPS because of heat issues and the large power consumption.
It is a common misconception that CFLs run cooler and are cheaper to run than a HPS, but this is NOT the case. Lumen for lumen, CFLS cost more to purchase initially, cost more to operate every single month, put out more heat, and produce significantly less bud. As Ozzy has pointed out, 10 32W CFLs use 320W and put out 20,000 lumens. A 250W HPS uses a little over 250W and will give you 28000 lumens.