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dolly12345

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Hi folks,

I'm new to your forum here, and to growing in general. I have not begun growing anything yet; I'm still trying to educate myself on what to do. I've been reading through all the threads I can find, but haven't seen an answer to this one:

I have (2) 6500K cool-white CFLs. The packaging claims each replace a 100W bulb but only use 25W apiece. I'm planning to use them for 1-2 plants, would this mean I've got a total of 200W or just 50W? The pkg says the output of each is 1471 lumens of what they call a "natural spectrum light".

Any insight into this, and any help in general is greatly appreciated!
 

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It would mean that you have 50 watts of total power. This would only really be good enough for about a 1 x 1 foot area.

How big is your growing area?
 

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massproducer said:
It would mean that you have 50 watts of total power. This would only really be good enough for about a 1 x 1 foot area.

How big is your growing area?

Thank you for the fast reply. I haven't really decided on total area as I'm still trying to learn what the heck I'm doing. I'm only interested in growing for myself, so the smaller the better, I would imagine. Would a 1 sq ft area be large enough for 1 or 2 plants?

I have these CFLs in a bell-shaped reflector with a "Y" splitter to plug them both into the same socket. If I were to get another 2 bulbs,etc. would this be adequate for, say, a 2x2 sq ft area?

Thanks again! This forum is fascinating and definitely a source of quality info.
 

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if you were to get 2-3 of those same bulbs then yes... you would be at the minimium amount of lumens but yes. IMHO, it would be best to do a scrog or screen of green. Just do a goggle search of (SCROG Cannabis) and do some research.
 

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massproducer,

The SOG or SCROG is exactly what I'd planned to do. Thanks again for the info and quick answers.
 

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anytime thats why we are all here, to exchange info and help each other.

Keep us posted
 

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massproducer said:
anytime thats why we are all here, to exchange info and help each other.

Keep us posted
Thank you, as soon as I really get going I will let you all know!
 

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Oops, I just saw the answer to this in the GrowFAQ in the lighting forum (now how did I miss that?)


Mods, please move this thread if you think it should be.

Cheers, all.
 

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