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« on: August 26, 2010, 11:57:57 AM »

I've read on here and other forums about the potential for using daylight spectrum bulbs. Most noteably, there is a pretty awesome mod post HERE

Just wondered who has tried, or is currently trying these alternate lights out, and are the results conclusive, either better or worse? Can't seem to find anybody on here who's done the experimentation.

Your thoughts?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 12:40:08 PM »

yea just get those 26watt light bulbs minimum and combine them. make sure its 6500k thats what aero garden uses. just normal CFL light 6500k. If the wattage is under 25-26 each bulb then its to weak. I use 4 26watt cfl lightbulbs for my monster pepper plant.

if you want to be hardcore you would use the 6500k for veg and 2700k for flowering. But you can skip that part, aerogarden just sticks with 6500k bulbs.

http://www.aerogardengrowers.com/index.php/topic,4244.0.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010, 11:34:27 PM »

Hey ivankov, thanks for the info. Couple quick questions:

1) You usre regular CFL bulbs? You don't get the "daylight spectrum?"

2) What is 2700k and 6500k? Are these numbers that will be listed on the bulb packaging?

Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010, 12:51:32 AM »

daylight is the 6500k. its the color temperature. it should say on the box but sometimes it doesnt and it just says "daylight". so just look at the writing on the actual bulb.  Regular CFL bulbs yea. I buy them in walmart for $9, it includes 3 bulbs. Same as the aerogarden but different shape. Daylight 6500k is simulating mid day summer sunlight and 2700k simulates the fall or something like that. Generally speaking 6500k is all we need. The 2700k bulbs are used in the flowering stage by some people. But simply speaking daylight cfl is all you need. Sorry if Im rambling Im falling asleep.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010, 09:20:44 AM »

Ha ha...that's great info...very helpful. Thanks, and kudos to you.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2010, 03:40:12 PM »

Will the bulbs from Walmart fit a regular screw in bulb socket???  I'm gathering the items to make a setup like Shane built.
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