Alfred E. Neuman
- Oct 28, 2012
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Does anyone use the new double ended bulbs? Are they better, or gimmick?
There are currently quite a few companies marketing these lights. There are quite a few combinations of Ballast/Hood to look at. Sunlight Supply just released their Air Cooled version of DE bulb, that can be fired by a few different Ballasts. I have never seen a Phillips ballast, you have a link?Having worked with lighting, when these first came to the market they boasted MORE PAR WATTS higher yields and yada yada yada. Guess what... in most cases these are true claims but I wouldn't buy them.
The reasons why is most people are currently running there lamps on mis matched systems like a Hortilux bulb on a Quantum ballast in an old **** reflector that needs cleaned badly. Philips is selling a system not just a light their selling you their ballast rated for that lamp in a brand new reflector all dialed in professionally. So for the average amateur grower, they will see the difference.
The flip side of this is your locking yourself into their brand similar to the Apple iphone hipsters movement. The major thing these systems lack is the UVB to produce high levels of THC. If your not focused on quality of your bud or your still stuck in the mindset of you have to flower under a sodium light I'd say this system is for you.
BUT if you would like to save some money and not completely change your room, I'd go with a full spectrum lamp, replace your ballast and clean your reflectors!
It's as simple as this, Cannabis produces THC to defend itself from outer elements of stress, so give it UVB just as the sun would from Veg to Bloom.