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cannabis grow light setup

There are many types of lights, but below are the four most common you’ll find in a grow room. There are many variations within each of these four types as well, and new lights and technology come out all the time.

There are many different kinds of lights out there, so it can be daunting to know where to begin. Here’s a guide to four basic types of grow lights on the market and the pros and cons of each.

Safety

Make sure you have enough outlets and power available in your breaker board for your grow space to comfortably accommodate all equipment. Figure out all pieces of equipment, such as lights, fans, possibly an AC or dehumidifier, and calculate how much power they’ll require. You’ll be running this equipment every day for months, so if you don’t have enough power it can be dangerous. Never overload an electrical outlet.

Lights have fixtures and bulbs, and some require a ballast. Depending on the type and model, the bulbs or the fixtures can be more expensive. There are a lot of abbreviations, but don’t be alarmed.

How much does a grow light cost?

Both types of HIDs are usually inexpensive to buy but will eat up electricity. HIDs throw off a lot of light and heat, which the plants need to bulk up and get potent. But, they run hot, contain heavy metals, and ballasts can fail.

Cannabis grow light setup

High Pressure Sodium (HPS) Grow Lights

Fluorescent grow lights come in many different shapes and sizes, from twisty bulbs to long tubes. Fluorescents are popular because they make efficient and pleasant lighting for humans, and also work great for herb gardens and other types of low-key indoor gardening without using a lot of electricity.

There are lots of options for grow lights that work well for growing cannabis indoors but in the end they boil down to 3 major types:

More Light = Bigger Yields!
(up to a point, it is possible to give your plant too much light!)

Full tutorial on CMH / LEC grow lights
(LEC stands for “Light Emitting Ceramic” and is a type of Metal Halide bulb that is built with ceramic like an HPS – basically it’s sort of like a blend between MH and HPS bulbs)

Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH) & Light Emitting Ceramic (LEC) Grow Lights

Now that you are familiar with all the most common cannabis grow lights I hope your choice is a little easier. I wish I’d had this information when I first started growing indoors Happy growing.

Cannabis grow light setup

You probably won’t need an exhaust fan for cooling in this setup, but if you don’t have an exhaust fan you can’t use a carbon filter, which means you won’t have a great way to prevent smells from leaking outside your grow space.

General Hydroponics Flora Trio and CaliMagic

Grow Light

This cannabis grow room setup list includes all the supplies you need to get to harvest.

Pros: Newer technology that’s actually still being improved, long-lasting panels (no replacing expensive bulbs), not stuck with one spectrum, really freakin’ cool

Plant Pots

Cons: Expensive, easier to burn plants when not used correctly