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regular light bulb for growing weed

Regular light bulb for growing weed

There is a larger size MH/HPS grow light available (1000W), but at that size it starts going outside the scope of a “hobbyist” grower as far as ease and yields. In addition to needing a lot of extra cooling which costs electricity, a 1000W HPS grow light is less efficient compared to a 600W grow light (as far as how much light is put out for electricity used). I think most hobbyist growers would be happier with a 600W, or even two 600W lights, over a 1000W

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.

“LEC” and “CMH” both refer to Ceramic Metal Halide grow lights, which is a type of HID light that is a bit more efficient than a regular Metal Halide light

3 Main Classes of Marijuana Grow Lights

That being said, when it comes to the flowering/budding stage, if you can fit a bigger light you will get significantly better yields/watt by using an HID or LED grow 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)

Pros and Cons of HID Grow Lights

T5s are much bigger/wider than CFLs and usually come as part of a panel, but they can still be kept mere inches away from your plants without worrying about burning them.

These cannabis plants are thriving under T5 grow lights

Regular light bulb for growing weed

Regular floor and desk lamps tend to come with two settings: on or off. However, grow lamps that are designed for growing cannabis come with a wide range of other helpful features, like timers, various spectrum settings, and different modes so that you can control exactly what kind of light your plants are getting at each stage of the grow cycle.

If you did try to use a regular lamp to grow marijuana the first thing that might happen is that your plants would grow towards the light and stretch as much as they can to reach the light quickly. Because they are starving, they will try to grow as quickly as possible to maximize the amount of light they are getting. If your plants are still seedlings, they may grow very tall very quickly and have long, thin stems without producing any mature serrated leaves.

No, unfortunately, using a regular lamp would just kill your plants.

Third, the plants might topple over

For example, a typical LED grow light will produce at least 45 watts of light and often more than 100 watts. In contrast, regular light bulbs usually produce less than 25 watts, and sometimes under 10 watts. That is simply not enough light output for sunlight-loving plants to grow.

But the thought process is understandable. Even though regular lamps are not good for growing cannabis, that hasn’t stopped many people from trying. Beginner growers will often try to use regular lamps to grow marijuana in order to cut costs and save money. After all good grow lamps can be expensive. Even the cheapest grow lamp that is good enough quality to grow marijuana can cost close to a Benjamin, or at least a few Hamiltons.

But wouldn’t the money you would save make it worth it?

Even though it might sound like a good idea to save money on a good grow lamp for cannabis and get something cheaper or try a regular lamp, the long term results of poor lighting will be disappointing. It is better to buy a good grow lamp or grow light before you start growing marijuana so that your plants are happy.

So that’s what could happen if you use a regular light to grow cannabis. It’s not a pretty picture, and it definitely is not a good strategy for a successful grow setup. Next, let’s take a look at why grow lights are so much better than regular lamps for growing marijuana.