The downside to CFLs is they aren’t great for flowering plants, and growers will usually use another type of light to finish plants. CFLs just don’t generate enough intense light for plants to pack on weight.
Ventilation is also a concern. If you’re growing in a tight space with a light that runs hot, you’ll need to have fans in there, which also take up space. If there’s not enough room for a light and a fan, you may need to invest in a light that doesn’t run as hot, such as an LED. For example, grow tents are usually built tall to allow room for equipment up top, not to grow plants all the way to the ceiling.
Some grow lights are more expensive than others, but also more efficient, saving money in the long run. Some lights are bulky with many parts, some light in weight, and some are better suited for young or mature plants.
Grow lights allow you to control exactly how much light your plants receive, ensuring they get the same amount of light day after day, without the grower having to solve problems with bad weather or cloudy days that happen in an outdoor environment.
Best HID grow light brands
HID (high-intensity discharge) is an umbrella term under which MH and HPS bulbs fall, which we’ll discuss more below. These types of lamps have a hood that reflects light and bulbs that are enclosed capsules containing a gas, as opposed to bulbs you’d find in your house, which have a filament that heats up.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) are relatively new to the cannabis growing world, compared to HPSs, MHs, and CFLs, but they are quickly proving to be the way of the future. LEDs may be more expensive to buy initially, but they are far more efficient and kinder to the environment and your electricity bill. Some cities even give tax breaks to commercial growers who install or switch to LEDs because they’re better for the environment.
CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) are fluorescent lights similar to what you’d find in a school or office building, but smaller. For growing weed, they are usually called “T5s”—the “T” stands for “tubular” and the “5” refers to its diameter, “⅝”.
There are daylight bulbs and warm white bulbs; the former better for vegetative growth, and the latter for flowering.
You can find HID reflector hoods, as well as MH and HPS bulbs at any local grow shop.
More Light = Bigger Yields!
(up to a point, it is possible to give your plant too much light!)
2.) High Intensity Discharge (HID) Grow Lights
Pros and Cons of HID Grow Lights
Classic example pH- and PPM- / EC-meter HYDRO:
Do realize that ventilation will be more important with an HPS light because it generates way more heat than a LED light…so don’t cut corners when buying an exhaust fan if you decide to go for an HPS light.
But with your first grow, you will want an easy grow and a large yield.
A high-quality LED light will hardly add something to your electric bill.
10. Grow Tent
And since, unless you have some special powers, you have no clue whether the temperature in your grow area is at this optimal level…
What this means is that the growing supplies which provide these 4 elements are absolutely essential .
Usually, you’ll use buckets.
Nutrients When Growing in Soil
And that’s why the nutrients and feeding schedule of soil is different than a hydroponic system…
You’ll receive some benefits over soil: