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HPS light systems and fluorescent lights

This is a discussion on HPS light systems and fluorescent lights within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm in the same boat w/ the grow room/space issue. I have a spare room, ...

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    I'm in the same boat w/ the grow room/space issue. I have a spare room, but it is full at the moment (I call it the entropy room) So, need to deal with that...Maybe by Sept. I'll have that taken care of, and can at least install the MH that I have (430) until I can get the HPS - - hoping to get family to combine b-day/xmas gifts!!

    Oh, and I have the perfect *HUGH* table when the time comes. The room is actually directly over where the plants are now, so they would still get the southern exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paphraguy
    Two systems but use only one when I got the light movers a few years ago. A light mover distributes light evenly over a bigger area. So, one HPS system on one light mover, larger grow area.

    You are so very inquistive, today, aren't you Paphgirl?
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    So if I understand correctly, you only use one of the arms on the mover? And the other is not used? So, there are somewhat "shaded" areas that alternate every 5 min.? (or whatever yours might be programmed at - that was just the one I looked at.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewpie
    youre definitely welcome, nancy. i think its more a grow space than a grow room. most of the plants that i have fit on a 4'X1.5' shelf. there are a few low-light type orchids that get an eastern window instead. the fluoro that ive got hangs over the 4' shelf, and im going to replace it in the winter time with the hps. the plants that need a winter rest will go in the eastern window without the light.
    Kewpie -- your guy definitely sounds like a keeper to me! I'm in a similar situation as yours...dining room and living room are connected, so I don't want to install any extra lighting there. However, I have 2 bedrooms, with one currently serving as my office/guest room. I'm thinking of setting up the lighting system in the office, but am worried about how this will affect the use of the room for other activities, ie - if it will be too hot or too bright to work in. I think I basically need a 4' x3' space for my plants, so it's similar to what you have. Where do you plan on setting up your HPS system? I looked through the sites your provided...are you going to follow their advice and cover your carpet/flooring? I'm kind of worried about damaging my room somehow with all this equipment. Is that possible? Can someone (Pete?) share how much the ballast weighs?

    So much to think about....

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    Wow, sounds like we all have similar houses! I don't think I'd be able to use the room for anything else if I had the 430W HPS in the entropy room. But I just use if for storage now anyway! It is carpeted and I am concerned about that too, Nancy, since I rent.

    The remote ballast on my MH is roughly 30 pounds, I'd guess.

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    Yes, I would guess mine are around 30# or so each. Heather, I have wood flooring and a little area rug/carpet. I also have mirrors, mylar and white plastic on the walls to reflect the light back on to the plants and for humidity reasons also.

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    nancy: i think that if you added the hps light to your guest room/office, it would officially have to be renamed the orchid room. hps lights have a decidedly orange glow, and sleeping or working would (for me) be impossible. i have my fluoros on a timer, and im planning the same for the hps. can you imagine waking up at 6am to the humming and brilliance of a bright orange light? on the other hand, this would be a good way of limiting house guest . metal halide lights have a more 'natural' light. they do sell mh bulbs that have added red to them to enhance blooming, but from everything that ive seen, hps with added blue (son agro bulb) is the way to go.

    im planning on hanging my hps where i currently hang my fluoro. its next to a south-facing window that gets a lot of sun, so the possible carpet bleaching could happen naturally...at least thats going to be my story when we move out . when i do get the light, ill probably end up guilting myself into buying a cheap rug to go under the system so i dont ruin anything .

    anyway the hps will be supplementing the light that i already get. this link will show you what you need wattage-wise. youll see that a 250 watt light will cover an area of 5' square if its not the primary light source. if your office doesnt have any good windows, then you would have to upgrade to the 400 watt light which covers a 5' square as a primary light source.

    the guy who works at growco was really nice. i had some questions that i emailed him, and he answered right away. the free shipping doesnt suck either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    I'm in the same boat w/ the grow room/space issue. I have a spare room, but it is full at the moment (I call it the entropy room) So, need to deal with that...Maybe by Sept. I'll have that taken care of, and can at least install the MH that I have (430) until I can get the HPS - - hoping to get family to combine b-day/xmas gifts!!

    Oh, and I have the perfect *HUGH* table when the time comes. The room is actually directly over where the plants are now, so they would still get the southern exposure.
    Heather, your spare room would make a perfect grow room with the 430 watt HPS sys with SonAgro bulb on a light mover!

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    Patience, grasshopper...patience....

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