Light distance: how close it to close ?

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design/Setup' started by Lashu, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. Get that shit close. Get a lux meter. It's a good investment, trust me.
  2. My 400w in a cool tube. I had it about 8" away. Would of had it closer but needed the speared
  3. Yes. Here's a bud growing up against the lens of a 1kw air-cooled Raptor:

    The distance you have to keep your light from your canopy, depends on how much you can cool your canopy.
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  4. It also depends on how much light your bulbs put out there is DEFINATELY such thing as too much and a plant that close to a 1k is loosing potential yeild. 8 to 10 inches away would be better.
    It's not just about heat.
    It's about par pur lux and lumens

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  5. I keep my lights about 4 to 6" from the tops of my plants...

    A good test is to put your hand between the light and plant top, it should feel like a warm summer day on the back of your hand, and when I'm faced with a new light, that's how I judge just how close I can get the light to the plant tops...
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  6. That bleaching or yellowing because the lights are close is due to a couple factors..
    I'm in coco running 1200 ppm @ 5.8 and use Co2 in my chambers so I don't get that bleaching on my leaves..

    Maybe the combination of high nutrients, higher temps (82* to 84*F), and the Co2 is why I don't get bleaching.
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  7. I agree
  8. I've learned that, with my hoods, I can back off the lights more than I once thought (and used a light meter to make sure light was adequate). I had a 400w that I used to keep very close. Directly under it, I would always get very fat but airy buds and foxtailing. I've backed off to about 12 inches from the glass, and I still get between 50k and 80k lux to all parts of the plant with better results. It also helps get a more even distribution.
  9. Correction: 12" from the bulb, 6" from the glass.
  10. I have a Quantum Board Cob combo and wondering the same. Im at 24" in 3/4 wk of flowering.


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  11. Look at some of these commercial facilities. They run 1000W as high as 10' above the canopy and get great yields with dense buds.
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