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    Can Halogen lights be used for supplmental lighting for plants out doors. I have a 500 watt one I want to hang above my barrel bog on my balcony that recieves no direct sun. I know they get hot but there is always a breeze. I need something cheap. I guess I could use 2 4' shoplights over it.
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    Outdoors? Then you'd want an HPS or MH security lamp that are made to go outdoors. I don't know whether halogen lights will do the job effectively.

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    I was under the impression tha halogen lights burn at too low of a kelvin to be used effectively buy plants. It will work, just not that well.
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    I agree with flipside. It will work, just not that well. Light of a different spectrum is still useable to a certain extent, however.

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    I guess I will give it a try then. A 500 watt Halogen is only $10 opposed to the MH or HPS at $50. The plants are growing ok but they need more light, hopefully the Halogen will be enough, if not it can always be returned.
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    I haven't run any numbers but there is more to light than the cost of the bulb. What you see and the plant see is very different. A halogen bulb is an incandescent with halogen gas. They are very inefficient, produce alot of heat, yellow and red light. It may look very bright to you but to the plant it will appear rather dim. It would not surprise me if a 65watt 6500k compact fluorescent bulb produced more plant visible light and better results without the energy cost (65w vs 500w), or the risk of drying and burning the plants.

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    They are good for heating! I used one to heat my lowland chamber way back when....don't try it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Ditto what Tony said... that's a lot of lost energy. I say get a Fluorex.

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