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  • cfcubed commented on cfcubed's instructable A Small DIY Home Hydroponics Setup 2 months ago
    A Small DIY Home Hydroponics Setup

    Thanks for your comments / suggestions. Yes, lots of ways to go here, lots of info on various forums WRT lighting, etc. Though it depends on what you're growing (me: non-flowering greens) I learned the more light/lumens the better (to a point I guess). For kicks I'd bought a $13 Docooler light meter to see what my plants were getting, part of the reason for all the bulbs:) And comparing to the sun on a sunny day was interesting too:)My lighting happened to work well lumen & heat-wise as I wanted 10-15 deg F rise anyway. Don't remember why I went white/black sheeting vs cheaper space blanket but the white seems reflective enough. Your curved reflector sounds neat, I've never been one to work with wood hence my bent up metal sheet.Thanks again for tips, others may benefit from ...see more »Thanks for your comments / suggestions. Yes, lots of ways to go here, lots of info on various forums WRT lighting, etc. Though it depends on what you're growing (me: non-flowering greens) I learned the more light/lumens the better (to a point I guess). For kicks I'd bought a $13 Docooler light meter to see what my plants were getting, part of the reason for all the bulbs:) And comparing to the sun on a sunny day was interesting too:)My lighting happened to work well lumen & heat-wise as I wanted 10-15 deg F rise anyway. Don't remember why I went white/black sheeting vs cheaper space blanket but the white seems reflective enough. Your curved reflector sounds neat, I've never been one to work with wood hence my bent up metal sheet.Thanks again for tips, others may benefit from 'em. I've spent enough time & $$$ on this setup as it is, esp. for my category of crops (salad stuff, basil, etc).

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  • cfcubed commented on cfcubed's instructable A Small DIY Home Hydroponics Setup 2 months ago
    A Small DIY Home Hydroponics Setup

    Thanks! A bit about my light hood debacle, started with the two Apollo Horticulture 24W (13W actual) LED Grow Lights and they weren't enough for the 1.5'+ X 2'+ grow area. Then added four 40W flourescents w/Westinghouse 22259 2-Lamp sockets then the four little 13Ws on ends for edge fill.Knowing what I know now would consider 1 or 2 good 45W LED panels (e.g. maybe HIGROW KB-GL45A) or one good 200W-300W one (maybe Roleadro, 125w-175w actual).

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  • cfcubed commented on trebuchet03's instructable Hydroponics - at Home and for Beginners2 months ago
    Hydroponics - at Home and for Beginners

    Nice descriptive, informative instructable. FYI I mentioned this project as one with lots of good information from one I just documented: "A Small DIY Home Hydroponics Setup"

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