Many low w CLFs or few high w

Discussion in 'Growing Marijuana Indoors' started by Salkio, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. #1 Salkio, Aug 18, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
    So i'm currently doing a small indoor grow with 18 CFL's at a total of 270w.
    I have them mounted on a beam of wood above my plants all facing downwards. So far using this method my plants are loving it and always give me dense, good looking buds.

    My question is should i rather buy 2x 250w 6400k (veg) + 2x 250w 2700k (flower) which is a total of 1000w of CFLs over having many smaller CFLs like i have now?

    The reason why im asking is i see there is a pro and con on both sides. The pro on using the 250's is that obviously you getting a more powerful light. However the con is that there is less light's covering the plants. Since there are only going to be 4 lights for 2 plants and before i had 18 CFLs for 2 plants. Each plant got covered very well.


    Or do you think its better to grow 1 plant under "The Mars II 400 LED Grow Light"
  2. Or go buy a 600 watt HPS and do it right. ;) I'll never go back. It'll easily cover a 4x4 and give good yields. If you get a dimmable ballast, you can even run it at half power for the start of veg to save some $$.
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Will see they are expensive...
    I'm thinking of buying a 1m x 1m x 1.8m grow tent (40x40x70) would a 400w HPS/HM be better than 1000W CFLs?
  4. Ive grown only with cfls. Have yielded about 2 oz per plant with one 105watt cfl 3x 15 watt cfls and one 50watt full spectrum l.e.d. A hps set up is the dream though. Can grow fat buds with that.
  5. Am really contemplating on getting a 600w setup with that tent
  6. Or get both. Have a veg room dedicated for clones with cfls. Then xfer to processing tent for flowering period. Mmm a dream. Would cost in power. Although over a year 2 maybe 3 grows might be possible. At plants maximum potential depending on genetics medium care etc
  7. Great idea.
  8. My result with cfls and l.e.d. will hopefully yield 2+ oz.

    Attached Files:

    • Like Like x 1
  9. Thats allot of stretch. Maybe in your next grow try keep the plant short and the lights closer. All the buds at the bottom arnt getting allot of light compared to the top bud
  10. Thanks. Have lowerded the l.e.d. so its Par range covers the lower part. Thats the benefit of using cfls and l.e.ds they dont heat up and you can get them right up close to the forming flowers. Next time i would like to try using one high powered light with correct nutrients. Good air flow added c02 and would probably grow one with tipping method and scrog the other.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  11. My first grow ever (just got my MMJ card), I yielded 9 ounces from 2 plants in a 48"x48"x90" tent with 600 watt HPS in DWC. The tent cost me all of $30 US, as I built it from panda film and a snowmobile crate.
    • Funny Funny x 1
  12. Impressive! Im thinking of getting a Mars Grow tent by im not sure....
  13. Didnt want to cheap out on a tent as ill be using it allot and wanted good quality.
  14. Trust me, this tent isn't cheap in any way. The thing is just amazing. The structure that holds up the panda film isn't as important as having the panda film. Good reflectivity matters. Strength to hold up lights, fans, etc, etc, matters. How much you spent on it doesn't.
  15. But $30 for a tent? The mars ones are around $100?
  16. Which come with steam beams, light proof, reflective materials etc
  17. I'll get pictures. Mine's light proof, solid, much larger for the price, reflective due to panda film. I've been thinking of a DIY how-to on it anyway.
    • Like Like x 1
  18. plzz do :p
  19. Working on it. Editing images, then going to write up the how-to. I'll post a link here when I'm done.
    • Like Like x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  20. :D thank you

Share This Page