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Old 08-21-2016, 09:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Refer to my post on lights. Those bulbs are the curly type Fluorescent and use a standard screw in socket.
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So followup question: Following many of your suggestions, I keep seeing I have to get a different ballast. E39, M55, others depending on what I decide on. Does an adapter exist I could get to put them in the normal edison incandescent socket for a normal lamp?
CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) with color temperature 6500 Kelvin.
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So followup question: Following many of your suggestions, I keep seeing I have to get a different ballast. E39, M55, others depending on what I decide on. Does an adapter exist I could get to put them in the normal edison incandescent socket for a normal lamp?

.....here is an example of a setup I had mentioned earlier.
When I say check out YOUTUBE and your still asking Questions... that means we can help.........do not hesitate to ask.

I can tell your poised to have fun with this...

Edison meets ....3X68 watt spiral cfl bulbs for a total output of 900 watts capable of growing maybe three small plants...
.Grow lights 3x 68 watt spiral cfl
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Another way to start new plants..

This YOUTUBE setup is economical. I have it and a few great members use it also.
25 bucks.....
Bathroom light bar....3.00$ At a rescue
Rest of the cost is Walmart 25..Bucks
I use it to propagate ferns..
I believe CHRIS_zx might use this method also..

Check out his stuff too great points to be had.
And he is a great grower.
Hopefully he will post some of his cool stuff.

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12 cfl growlight setup for ferns

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Sir/mam.....here is an example of a setup I had mentioned earlier.
When I say check out YOUTUBE and your still asking Questions... that means we can help.........do not hesitate to ask.

I can tell your poised to have fun with this...
Yup. Was on youtube most of last night Info overload. So thanks, the pics helped. And youtube was fascinating in bringing up more questions CFL vs MH. Thanks for showing it can be done with the CFL.
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[quote=cincinnana;297354]Most of the best recommendations are in the Youtube video and cannibis forums....keywords "grow lights for cannibis"..
The lighting requirements are the same. ALOT OF LIGHT FOR THEM TO THRIVE

There are also good informative Youtube videos keywords Growlights for bananas.

Do you have a ceiling fan in that room?
I have a set up with 3- 68 watt spiral cfls which works well in a ceiling fan.


There are also many threads on this lighting subject in the forums which are pretty helpful and detailed to get you started.Grow Light? yes or no?
I find watching the youtube videos the best. you will also find a lot of DIY lighting projects which could fit your budget.

I'd like to use 100 watt cfl bulbs in my ceiling fixtures that I now use 65 watt incandescent bulbs . I'm concerned with the safety issues associated with this idea, although the 100 watt cfl use only 23 watts, can I use the 100 watt cfl in these fixtures?
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So what is the plan going on here????

Good money can be spent on this!!
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So what is the plan going on here????

Good money can be spent on this!!
By a strange coincidence, I made my choice and my setup just came today!

I got some great input. I decided to get a MH grow light system. Cost a little bit more, but when I stated breaking things down, it actually wasn't that much more expensive than an LED setup or a T5. Electricity bill will be a bit higher, but I can live with it. The combination of light plus added heat which I will need in the winter here in Ohio made my decision for me.

I was trying to hang it today, looks like I'm having some difficulty with hanging the fixture, getting the hooks properly in it. But I tested it and it is working fine. Still have a couple weeks before I'll need to bring the tree in, so I'm sure I'll have that problem licked by then.

If anyone is interested, this is the fixture I bought. Cheaper by far than other MH systems, and for my one tree, maybe a second later, 400 watts appears to be fine.

Thanks all, for the input. It has been helpful.

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By a strange coincidence, I made my choice and my setup just came today!

I got some great input. I decided to get a MH grow light system. Cost a little bit more, but when I stated breaking things down, it actually wasn't that much more expensive than an LED setup or a T5. Electricity bill will be a bit higher, but I can live with it. The combination of light plus added heat which I will need in the winter here in Ohio made my decision for me.

I was trying to hang it today, looks like I'm having some difficulty with hanging the fixture, getting the hooks properly in it. But I tested it and it is working fine. Still have a couple weeks before I'll need to bring the tree in, so I'm sure I'll have that problem licked by then.

If anyone is interested, this is the fixture I bought. Cheaper by far than other MH systems, and for my one tree, maybe a second later, 400 watts appears to be fine.

Thanks all, for the input. It has been helpful.

Great purchase.....
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Hi again, all! I thought I would update my post to show you the progress this little whipper snapper has made since I brought it into the house in early October. Have to spray him for aphids every couple days. But aside from that, he's growing really well. I think by the time it is warm enough to take him outside again the light will be at the ceiling and he'll be at max growth (timed this one just right).

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I just found a site that I consider to have the least expensive cfl bulbs, for instance, a 68 watt 6500k cfl sells for about 15.00, anywhere else, it's 22.00 and up. It's called 1000Bulbs.com..Hope this helps.

I too bought from 1000Bulbs.com. I hung my 4 foot T5's vertically every 3 feet from each other. They came with brackets that you can set so the fixture can be raised and lowered easily. I have 5 banana plants and 6 citrus trees in an indoor arboretum 14'l X 6'w X 21'h. Room has 4 skylights (facing east), one 10" suntube and one 14" suntube (facing south). The lights come on at 06:30 and go off at 10am. Then back on at 6pm and off at 10pm. The banana plants send up a new leaf every 12 days. We keep the house at 60*F during the evening and 66*F during the day. So the arboretum stays about 65*F all day long. I did add a humidifier to the room to keep the humidity at 65%.
I can not wait until the canopy gets higher and I can walk under the leaves instead of walking into them.
Hope this helps some.
Keep the lights on for a good amount of time.
Keep the temperature up (the higher the better).
Keep the leaves misted or add a humidifier.
Talk to your plants, they like the CO2.

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I will put mine bananas after germination under two 100w, 6500kelvin ESL-bulbs, as we call them here.
Actually I had to google what CFL means

Already there is various citruses, mango, coffee plants, lucky bean plant, starfruit, tamarind, different kind of ficuses and so on..
Bananas are a good add in to my collection. And yes, those plants are quite small, approximately 1 year old plants.
I need to buy some stronger bulbs, or couple more of those 100w..

Anyhow, plants go strong, even if the humidity is only around 35-40% now during the winter.
Regular misting, 4-5 times a day makes really a difference!
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I will put mine bananas after germination under two 100w, 6500kelvin ESL-bulbs, as we call them here.
Actually I had to google what CFL means

Already there is various citruses, mango, coffee plants, lucky bean plant, starfruit, tamarind, different kind of ficuses and so on..
Bananas are a good add in to my collection. And yes, those plants are quite small, approximately 1 year old plants.
I need to buy some stronger bulbs, or couple more of those 100w..

Anyhow, plants go strong, even if the humidity is only around 35-40% now during the winter.
Regular misting, 4-5 times a day makes really a difference!

Are you able to post photos ???
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I quess I am, just need to take some
Right now the space under lights is way overcrowded, need definitively buy one or two more of those.
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I will put mine bananas after germination under two 100w, 6500kelvin ESL-bulbs, as we call them here.
Actually I had to google what CFL means

Already there is various citruses, mango, coffee plants, lucky bean plant, starfruit, tamarind, different kind of ficuses and so on..
Bananas are a good add in to my collection. And yes, those plants are quite small, approximately 1 year old plants.
I need to buy some stronger bulbs, or couple more of those 100w..

Anyhow, plants go strong, even if the humidity is only around 35-40% now during the winter.
Regular misting, 4-5 times a day makes really a difference!

Sounds like a great setup.
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Yes, this setup worked really well with peppers, so I assume those will perform the same with tropicalls.
Havent got time to take some pictures, quit busy time now. I'll post some pics, sooner or later.

I found out 3 Birds of paradise had germinated, and calamondin citrus is blooming.
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Yes, this setup worked really well with peppers, so I assume those will perform the same with tropicalls.
Havent got time to take some pictures, quit busy time now. I'll post some pics, sooner or later.

I found out 3 Birds of paradise had germinated, and calamondin citrus is blooming.
I grow a few ferns with a few 28 watt cfls that seem to do well.

My light setup though small and inefficient and frugal does not promote rapid growth, just enough to keep them growin.
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Look for local bargains on LED bulbs for household lighting such as this one:



The $0.99 bulb on the left is rated at 1600 lumens and 14 watts for a luminous efficiency of 114 lumens/watt which exceeds that of any fluorescent bulb. And, even at equal lumens, these type of LED bulbs are better than CFL for plants because more light energy is produced between 620 and 700 nm for which the human eye is insensitive but plants strongly utilize. Fluorescent bulbs typically have a sharp spike at 611 nm (orange-red) and almost no output at longer wavelengths.
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