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Offline Clemens

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Grow lights
« on: March 04, 2012, 23:39:22 PM »
Good day everyone.

I don't know if any of you use grow lights, I remember Abby posted a yellow clivia that she flowered after only 2 years, using them.

I'm thinking of boosting some clivia seedlings this coming winter.

I've found a few products that's not too expensive. Have any of you tried them before?

http://johannesburg.gumtree.co.za/c-Stuff-for-Sale-general-items-for-sale-LED-Grow-Light-Crop-Circle-Edition-NASA-Red-and-Blue-W0QQAdIdZ335631236

http://www.myaquaponics.co.za/online-store/plant-growing/grow-lights.html

I will appreciate any input.

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 13:12:35 PM »
Clemens
Never tried gadgets like that but will be interested to see results.
Especially if you can halve the flowering time.
Are you thinking to use it indores?
Are you planing to operate them on a timer?
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should I grow Merabilis this way and not have to wight 7 years :-\

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 18:34:23 PM »
I have seen these LED lights on bid or buy before too.  I don't know how well the LED's work.  I do know that you can get some pretty good florescent lights that are used in the fish keeping hobby.  I currently use the philips tornado lights in my fish tank (the cool daylight one, cause it is 6500k) and my plant growth is awesome.

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 22:38:15 PM »
I'm still in the research phase. I'm thinking of building a waterproof unit to assist some outdoor seedlings, as well as an indoors experiment with a seedling tray or 2.

Jan, it will be great to get Mirabilis' 7 years down to 3-4!

I've done some reading on the different types of lighting sources, and the spectrum they provide. The following page gives the highlights.

 http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/guide3.shtml

The trick for me will be to get the best product for the best price!

Lee, I will visit an aquarium shop and ask about the options.

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 08:54:17 AM »
Do you know if the LED lights give enough heat.
One of the advantages of LED lights in the house is the low Wattage they produse IG no heat.


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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 09:31:46 AM »
Morning. Jan, here is a short summary of what is said about LED's

LED Plant Grow Lights

LED grow lights are the newest lighting option for plants. They are advertised to be the most efficient and coolest running grow lights available. We have tested several different types of LED grow lights and have found none that outperform much cheaper fluorescent grow lights of similar wattage. LED plant grow lights are also not recommended for use with plants that you want to be viewed, because they give plants an unnatural appearance when the light is on.


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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2012, 10:52:04 AM »
Did one of you test growlights in the last half year
winter is coming up here
and I am thinking of buying some above my S Afica seed pots

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2012, 16:48:08 PM »
Roland, I did try it in the previous SA winter. I used a fluorescent setup for a while, untill the globe that was supposed to last 8000 hours, didn't do a fraction of that.

So no definate results to speak of. I will add a heat pad this winter.

The globe I used is only 24W, but gives 1200 Lumen.

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2012, 16:50:48 PM »
What brand did you use
do you have some details from the light

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2012, 22:26:03 PM »
I used fluro grow lights which also produce some heat and during the daytime I took them outside as the climate is suitable for growth during in winter during daytime and electricity is expensive..

Clemens
I only noticed your reference to my yellow clivia flowering after 2 years - yes I remember the seed had germinated in the parcel  - the other seeds that grew in the same conditions did not flower in that time as a matter of fact I still have one of them that only came to bloom last season, then again the novelty of the light has worn off and I have not been using it as it makes it very labour intensive.

I am wondering if the yellow Clivia could be naturally a quick flowerer ? In that that I noted that the pods produced had germinated seeds in them?  But not being a Clivia grower I cannot say if this is normal but have not found any other clivias doing that.
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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2013, 11:21:29 AM »
Good day everyone.

I don't know if any of you use grow led lights, I remember Abby posted a yellow clivia that she flowered after only 2 years, using them.

I'm thinking of boosting some clivia seedlings this coming winter.

I've found a few products that's not too expensive. Have any of you tried them before?

http://johannesburg.gumtree.co.za/c-Stuff-for-Sale-general-items-for-sale-LED-Grow-Light-Crop-Circle-Edition-NASA-Red-and-Blue-W0QQAdIdZ335631236

http://www.myaquaponics.co.za/online-store/plant-growing/grow-lights.html

I will appreciate any input.

Regards.

hello friend I have never used these lights.. Can you share a short review about these lights as I am looking to get them very soon.. Please reply
« Last Edit: July 30, 2013, 17:52:47 PM by PhillipPorter »

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Re: Grow lights
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2013, 22:05:46 PM »
Good day Phillip.

Sorry to say but I never got around to set up a system like that. Seems a bit expensive, and we in the Southern Hemisphere doesn't really need them, as our winters aren't that bad.

There was a person that listed their company's products here on the forum. I have not contacted him or used their products, but if you are interested, this might be a good point to start. If you do, please keep us updated, and do a bit of a comparison test!

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http://www.gardenerforum.co.za/index.php?topic=5449.msg37327#msg37327