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This is what I have to work with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    Oh cool! I can live vicariously through you and watch and learn and be ready to go on my own next!

    Here's a useful link...also do an HPS search here and you'll turn up all of Pete's old posts - (I happened to do that today...got a bit sidetracked and lost my eye on the prize earlier, but am back on track! Lol!) Anyway here is some HPS pricing info...Bon appetit!

    430W HPS System...and others...

    Cool ,thanks. Those actually are within the budget! Free shipping too, what a bonus!

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    and the guy who does their customer service (answers annoying emails, esp. from me), jay, is super nice. im not sure, but he might just own the joint too...

    and hes getting orchid stuff (plants, ferts, etc.) soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest
    whats your budget? If we have a better idea what kind of money you are going to spend we can point you in the "right" direction.
    around 600-700 dollars.

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    for 700 bucks I would go with 2 metal halides and a light mover. I would build the benches out of wood and chicken wire (or equivalent cheap plastic) and have vertical sheets of chicken wire for the mounts. You would then have enough money left over for a humidifier and possibly a cheapo window mount ac unit, but that may be stretching it.

    I am in the process of "upgrading" my grow setup as well. I am essentially moving from the windowsill and a 4 tiered grow rack with flourescents to a insulated shed. I will have 2 MH 400w lights on movers. I will have an air conditioner to keep the heat generated by the ballasts under control and I will have a humidifier. I am going to build the benches and have vertical sheets for the mounts. I think that a humidifier is important if you use an air conditioner, because they suck moisture out of the air. However just having mounted plants and or plants in SH wil increase your humidity quite a bit if you decide to just stick with fans and choose appropriate plants for the "climate" that gets created.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest
    for 700 bucks I would go with 2 metal halides and a light mover. I would build the benches out of wood and chicken wire (or equivalent cheap plastic) and have vertical sheets of chicken wire for the mounts. You would then have enough money left over for a humidifier and possibly a cheapo window mount ac unit, but that may be stretching it.

    I am in the process of "upgrading" my grow setup as well. I am essentially moving from the windowsill and a 4 tiered grow rack with flourescents to a insulated shed. I will have 2 MH 400w lights on movers. I will have an air conditioner to keep the heat generated by the ballasts under control and I will have a humidifier. I am going to build the benches and have vertical sheets for the mounts. I think that a humidifier is important if you use an air conditioner, because they suck moisture out of the air. However just having mounted plants and or plants in SH wil increase your humidity quite a bit if you decide to just stick with fans and choose appropriate plants for the "climate" that gets created.
    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I have centeral air, but try and only use it at night. I also have a humidifier built right onto the heating system, so the house is at a constant 60%. I have a cheap humidifier I can use if it gets to dry in the winter.

    I'm still afraid of s/h. Maybe down the road I'll try a plant or two, but for now I'm sticking with what I am good at.

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