Grow lights in greenhouse

Discussion in 'Greenhouse Growing' started by Snorky85, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Snorky85

    Snorky85 Total Gardener

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2013
    Messages:
    2,281
    Gender:
    Female
    Occupation:
    Accountant on a career break
    Location:
    Buckinghamshire
    Ratings:
    +6,857
    Eek. Well I've gone and bought the same as you @sandymac the 450W spectra. Amazon prime so will get it tomorrow hopefully. :hapydancsmil:

    I went out to the greenhouse earlier and noticed that all my seedlings have sprouted - tagetes, asters and rudbeckia! Need the light on asap.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Scrungee

      Scrungee Well known for it

      Joined:
      Dec 5, 2010
      Messages:
      15,033
      Location:
      Central England on heavy clay soil
      Ratings:
      +25,219
      Plan your growlight area so it can easily be increased in size by adding another light (possibly at a different height). I have 5x the area I started with.
       
      • Informative Informative x 1
      • Friendly Friendly x 1
        Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
      • Snorky85

        Snorky85 Total Gardener

        Joined:
        Jul 7, 2013
        Messages:
        2,281
        Gender:
        Female
        Occupation:
        Accountant on a career break
        Location:
        Buckinghamshire
        Ratings:
        +6,857
        Thanks @Scrungee Good point. I've got a good area set up in the greenhouse on a big work bench and I can add more to the side of it. I'm wondering if I'll be able to use my heat mat on something else as the lights may generate some heat.

        Also now need to look into changing my greenhouse heater to something more economical....
         
        • Informative Informative x 1
        • Scrungee

          Scrungee Well known for it

          Joined:
          Dec 5, 2010
          Messages:
          15,033
          Location:
          Central England on heavy clay soil
          Ratings:
          +25,219
          What are sort of heating are you using?
           
        • Snorky85

          Snorky85 Total Gardener

          Joined:
          Jul 7, 2013
          Messages:
          2,281
          Gender:
          Female
          Occupation:
          Accountant on a career break
          Location:
          Buckinghamshire
          Ratings:
          +6,857
          Well a thermostatic heat mat which I got free recently as an apology for crappy service from a greenhouse specialists. But also a plug in thermostatic fan heater for greenhouses. Probably costing an arm and a leg.
           
        • JWK

          JWK Gardener

          Joined:
          Jun 3, 2008
          Messages:
          20,432
          Gender:
          Male
          Location:
          Surrey
          Ratings:
          +22,373
          I think you have done the right thing ordering the Vipar. My system is old and out-dated now based on Fluorescent lamps. I will be interested to learn how you get on as I intend to get an LED system like that Vipar in the future.
           
          • Like Like x 1
          • Friendly Friendly x 1
          • Snorky85

            Snorky85 Total Gardener

            Joined:
            Jul 7, 2013
            Messages:
            2,281
            Gender:
            Female
            Occupation:
            Accountant on a career break
            Location:
            Buckinghamshire
            Ratings:
            +6,857
            Will keep you updated @JWK , sounds like @sandymac has been pleased with his. :)
             
            • Like Like x 1
            • Agree Agree x 1
            • sandymac

              sandymac Gardener

              Joined:
              Jan 16, 2017
              Messages:
              254
              Gender:
              Male
              Occupation:
              engineer
              Location:
              durham
              Ratings:
              +584
              The LED Vipar is much better than the full spectrum fluro's I used to use.
              You will be surprised Snorky at how much light this LED unit produces, do not look directly at it
              Regards Sandy
               
              • Like Like x 1
              • Informative Informative x 1
              • Snorky85

                Snorky85 Total Gardener

                Joined:
                Jul 7, 2013
                Messages:
                2,281
                Gender:
                Female
                Occupation:
                Accountant on a career break
                Location:
                Buckinghamshire
                Ratings:
                +6,857
                Just unpacked this....

                6720F900-31D1-49F5-99B6-4030A7E206E0.jpeg

                :SUNsmile:
                 
                • Like Like x 3
                • Snorky85

                  Snorky85 Total Gardener

                  Joined:
                  Jul 7, 2013
                  Messages:
                  2,281
                  Gender:
                  Female
                  Occupation:
                  Accountant on a career break
                  Location:
                  Buckinghamshire
                  Ratings:
                  +6,857
                  Have just bought some adjustable rigging on amazon so i can sort it out to the correct height.

                  2324AC5D-9855-4DFA-80F2-C7185142039A.jpeg
                   
                  • Like Like x 4
                  • Creative Creative x 1
                  • CanadianLori

                    CanadianLori Total Gardener

                    Joined:
                    Sep 20, 2015
                    Messages:
                    5,726
                    Occupation:
                    Battle Axe
                    Location:
                    Oakville, Ontario, Canada Zone 5A
                    Ratings:
                    +15,898
                    @Snorky85 I like the set up! I see you have reflective wrap. Good idea. It helps utilize every ray of light.

                    I just finished re-setting up one of my indoor areas. I had to wait for a new heat mat and picked it up this morning and the seedlings, or soon to be seedlings will be enjoying the lights tonight. We're on smart meters. Them smart, not me. They've got me trained to run as much as possible through the night or face a penalty come bill time.

                    I have two small areas each being 4x4 feet. Enough for seedlings. And then I go back to covering all the tables and any other surface I can find. :)

                    15482809094141728625323.jpg
                     
                    • Like Like x 3
                    • Friendly Friendly x 1
                    • WeeTam

                      WeeTam Total Gardener

                      Joined:
                      Mar 9, 2015
                      Messages:
                      2,062
                      Gender:
                      Male
                      Ratings:
                      +4,254
                      Ive read that good old white Matt paint is as good as mylar etc. Btw

                      Mylar sounds sexy and all that but it creases and gets dusty. White paint you just refresh it.

                      Having said that mylar has its plus points too,easier set ups,tear downs and helps to keep heat in too so different set ups for different situations. :rolleyespink:
                       
                      • Like Like x 1
                      • Agree Agree x 1
                      • CanadianLori

                        CanadianLori Total Gardener

                        Joined:
                        Sep 20, 2015
                        Messages:
                        5,726
                        Occupation:
                        Battle Axe
                        Location:
                        Oakville, Ontario, Canada Zone 5A
                        Ratings:
                        +15,898
                        @WeeTam I'm sorry to disagree. I kinda think that anything shiney works better than nothing. (And I don't mean @shiney who never gets a glow on :) )... The pic I posted is the inside of a top rated grow tent and I'm pretty sure if white would have worked as well, they would have cut out the cost of silvery/reflective fabric.

                        And I sure hope those asparagus seedlings appreciate my efforts!
                         
                        • Like Like x 1
                        • Funny Funny x 1
                        • Informative Informative x 1
                        • Snorky85

                          Snorky85 Total Gardener

                          Joined:
                          Jul 7, 2013
                          Messages:
                          2,281
                          Gender:
                          Female
                          Occupation:
                          Accountant on a career break
                          Location:
                          Buckinghamshire
                          Ratings:
                          +6,857
                          I just had to google what Mylar is!

                          Luckily, we bought extra rolls of that insulation after rigging out the garage with it. Was easy to cut and slide into the greenhouse glass panel spaces.

                          Was reading an older thread about the grow lights attracting unwanted attention. I may have to put something in the roof or have a sheeting set up i can use when the lights in use. I thought if i have the lights on from 5-8 then its not too late to be attracting attention.

                          We do live on a pretty secure site with gates, cctv etc but with people using drones more you never know who might be snooping!
                           
                          • Like Like x 1
                          • CanadianLori

                            CanadianLori Total Gardener

                            Joined:
                            Sep 20, 2015
                            Messages:
                            5,726
                            Occupation:
                            Battle Axe
                            Location:
                            Oakville, Ontario, Canada Zone 5A
                            Ratings:
                            +15,898
                            I would not worry about intruders. You aren't growing anything that looks like cannabis so there is nothing attractive to thieves. The CCTV alone will deter any wannabee b&e people.

                            I do grow some of the stuff that might attract potheads but I have CCTV too, plus electric fencing and a giant frying pan :) Besides that stuff is only desirable for the short period towards the end of their flowering cycle. Some time in October if growing outside. It is legal here to grow 4 plants but I went the etra step to have my federal approval for medicinal purposes.
                             
                            • Like Like x 1
                            • Informative Informative x 1
                            Loading...

                            Share This Page

                            1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                              By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
                              Dismiss Notice