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    Lighting Source

    So as I've mentioned, I recently moved to Madison, and have quite a spacious apartment...but all the windows are absolutely abysmal for lighting. So I think I have to bite the bullet and finally purchase some good lighting for a grow rack.
    I am planning on a pretty typical just 4 foot shelving unit that I can have plenty of room for expansion for.
    I *think* just good old HO 4-ft Fluorescent lights will be best.
    Can anyone give me any input on a good place to buy these, and any things I might need to keep in mind?
    Mainly, I just want to make sure they won't be a fire hazard and will survive the test of time (I know I'll need to replace bulbs every once in a while )
    But nay advice on what to buy/where to buy it, as well as any concerns or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. It's a pretty big purchase for me, so I want to make sure I do it right!
    Happy growing,
    Kyle

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    I like this one: http://www.amazon.com/EnviroGro-FLT4...rds=EnviroGroj
    LOTS o' light for a reasonable price!
    "Be quiet! The plants will hear y... noooooo!" 'chomp - burp!'

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    I found a couple of these at Lowe's for $11. Way cheaper for a solid amount of light: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ec...1#.ULJUYeOe_WY

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    wide open question.... depends on budget and the performance level you hope to achieve...

    But all things being equal, when it comes to comparing linear fluorescent lighting fixtures... remember these three things "reflector, reflector, reflector"

    66% of the bulb is pointed in the wrong direction, good reflectors allow you to use this energy, bad ones allow you waste it....

    A "good" reflector should be mirrored and focus the energy of each bulb down toward the plant. If you see bulb when standing to the side of the light... its wasting energy.

    T12 vs. T8 vs. T5, the smaller the diameter the better and the more expensive typically.

    4' T8's are a very decent entry level light and will grow plants well.... but if you want the most color you can get with fluorescent lighting, you need T5

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    these are my favorite , i just hang them end to end if i need four foot , only down fall is they just have flat reflectors. they are mirrored though , they produce great lumen in a small area 10 000lumens. you can hang the fixture and cover (very well) 3' x2' area. you get two two foot double bulbs . i use one grow and one bloom bulb and most of my pings bloom regularly.
    HTG also offers multi reflector systems but at a considerable price jump..
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    http://www.htgsupply.com/Product-HTG...5-Tek-Lamp.asp

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    Thanks for the input all! I think I will definitely go with T5s, so I'm just gonna spend some time price comparing at some different places the next few days, hopefully I'll get some picture up once I have a new rack going!

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    T5HOs are definitely the way to go, I would check your local hydroponics store, that's where I get all my grow equipment. Ive got 2 4' ballasts on my grow rack and they do quite well when paired with mylar 'Panda' sheeting. Colors all my plants up nicely.

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    A guy I work with mentioned he has one of these, new in package that he never got around to using for some orchids.
    Sunleaves IV
    http://www.sunleaves.com/detail.asp?sku=SPG104
    Is this a good light, I can't really tell if it is high output? Any suggestions on what price I might offer for it? Also, will bulbs be easy to come by?
    Thanks for all the help!
    Kyle

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