Lighting is so confusing!

On a very tight budget (disabled) and wanting to know what “size” light do I need for all stages? I want to transition outside but in case that doesnt work I need to know what I can get away with. Thanks! Y’all are extra helpful!

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Depends on size of grow space and number of plants. Rule of thumb is 40w per sq ft. A 200w (true watts) light will successfully grow out 1 plant in a smaller space. If you think you will have to keep the plant inside it’s whole life, don’t skimp on lighting. It is the number one piece of indoor growing equipment necessary for great buds.

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Good advice above. Sadly a large number of light makers simply lie about their lights and inflate their claims of what the light is. You will be tempted to purchase one for sure. But even those great reviews are false or purchased and bad reviews are paid off to be taken down. Forum members have related being asked to remove a bad review in exchange for money/refund. A real grow light will run in the ballpark at about 1 dollar per watt. The price only hurts once, but a poor light will disappoint you for a long long time. So many of us wasted time and money of poor lights. There is even a thread here about it.
Feel free to ask about light if you are thinking about something. We are glad to help out.

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I’m traveling and don’ have access to my usual pics to post the email that they sent me, but one of these companies sent me an email offering me money to change my review.

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You are receiving great advice from some experienced growers.

The message here is to not waste any money on a deficient light. If you can’t afford the appropriate light for your situation and you really want to grow cannabis, save your money until you can afford the appropriate light. Purchasing a poor quality or misrepresented light will definitely be money thrown away.

As mentioned, your will spend from $150 to around $200 for a light that will grow out one plant.

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Grow space is small and want to be able to grow 2 plants at a time.

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How do I tell whether its a good light? They all say they do it all.

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Ask the forum if you land on a few different choices. The go to when looking for a good light are the diodes. Samsung 301 Evos are the latest and best available. Many mfg’s use these diodes but even a light with the previous version of the 301’s will do. This will be the most important piece of equipment you will buy for this hobby.

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Maybe this will be helpful

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HLG, Spider Farmer, Mars Hydro, AC Infinity, all make excellent products, many having the latest and greatest advancements in LED tech.

How small are you talking? Rough estimate on length width and height. Most times, a better yield can be achieved by simply vegging one plant longer. It will produce a more consistent end product. But I usually end up wuth at least 3 in my 3x3.5ft space lol.

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Right now they are in my garden tub lol (laugh at me


here lol). Id say 2x3 or 3x3 maybe. I have 2 5 gallon buckets in there now.

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