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tippben
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:00 pm    Post subject: Grow lights Reply with quote

I'm thinking of using artificial light to help my young seedlings. We are on a VERY tight budget, so ideally I'd want low wattage, and preferably just a couple of light bulbs I could fit to lamps we have. I've one a search, but most seems geared towards hydroponics and cannabis production obviously, where a large investment is worth it. What do people use or recommend I look at?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would a simple propeller of some sort, linked to an alternator from a scrap yard give you what you want? We've got a couple of lights in the garden that charge up during the day on sunlight and then come on when it gets dark. One of them might be an alternative, but you'll have to adapt someone else's technology for something like this as I doubt very much that there'll be something bespoke. It's too small a market.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Grow lights Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
I'm thinking of using artificial light to help my young seedlings. We are on a VERY tight budget, so ideally I'd want low wattage, and preferably just a couple of light bulbs I could fit to lamps we have. I've one a search, but most seems geared towards hydroponics and cannabis production obviously, where a large investment is worth it. What do people use or recommend I look at?


I thought about solar like already suggested but surely you want some heat as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a heat bulb like what is used to hatch out chicks and help along lamb and piglet runts.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant simulated daylight radiation.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm told, but never tried, that, in an enclosed environment like a greenhouse or cold frame, frost can be kept off by filling plastic containers with water after painting them matt black and standing them round inside. The principle is that they absorb enough natural solar heat during the day, even when the sun's not out, to give off a degree or two during the night. In nature, just one degree can be a significant help so worth a try?
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