reflector hood question

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Can a reflector hood be used in a 48in x 48in x 78in tent given enough ventilation to keep temps down? or do I absolutely need the air cooled hood ???
 

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It would be 600w hps/mh ballast and bulbs
 
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It can just be very hard to keep a tent cool enough without an air coolable hood, which is why I always recommend them.
 

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Any suggestions on type of air cooled hood ?
 

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What do you guys think about cool tubes ?.
 
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It kind of depends...I like cool tubes for smaller areas and fixtures--400W or less. However, for larger wattage bulbs, I like hoods. The larger hoods will spread the light better in larger spaces.
 
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I keep my house cool too, but cannot run without an air cooled hood. Right now I have a small 32" x 32" tent, a 400W mh, and 4" exhaust fan in a room that stays about 60-65. I tried running for awhile without the glass in the hood, but the temps got close to 90. Put the glass in and connect ducting to it and it is running about 70. While some may be able to run without an air cooled hood, most of us find that we need them.
 

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