OK, I am setting up for my first indoor grow, have visited 3 local hydro shops, been to 1,000,000 websites, and read Cervante's bible back and forward.
Typical newbie, yah, I know.
ANYway, here's the tent I'm starting with for veg and flower - I know it's not top of the line stuff, but I'll be careful with it (4x8x6.5 tall, $189 + shipping and tax): Amazon.com: 100% Reflective Mylar Hydroponics Grow Tent, Non Toxic Hydro Dark Room Box Hut, 96"x48"x78" GYO1011: Patio, Lawn & Garden
And I am confused about lighting. Really confused.
Can you help a sister out here?
Question 1: Should I use 2 x 600 or 3 x 600 MH/HPS lights for 32 square feet? I calculated that they should give me 90,000 lumens each - which gives me either 180,000 (18 plants) or 270,000 lumens (27 plants), right?
I have some $$ squireled away for my setup and can do the third 600 watt if absolutely necessary... but is 1800 watts overkill for a 32 square foot grow tent?
Question 2: With either 2 or 3 600 watt lights, in a mylar grow tent, will I need AC? Or should I get air cooled lights? What do you recommend? The grow tent is going into an unfinished concrete basement, I'm in northern CO and the basement stays pretty cool all year long.
Question 3: I'm deciding between soil or hydro. Does that make a difference with lumens per plant?
Many many thanks in advance. And, yes, I'm going to do a grow journal, once this gets rolling.