Thanks for your reply,just had the strip low for seedlings,don't need room lighting,so should I get rid now they are kicking in? Thought more light was good,but I'm a novice so go with experienced comments.you think a bit of dark will be good?Running HPS, I wouldn't bother with a fluorescent unless it was just for grow room lighting.
I'd run 18/6 for lighting.
Nice words.the kids seem to like the set up at the mo,maybe the low cfl is working as you say,but thinking the hps can only give more light/spectrum?.I'm not the expert and I've only tried autos once...........and had zero luck.
but in my experience, I'd ditch the HID for now and run only CFL. my experience with HPS from day one (with regular plants) is that they get leggy whereas with CFL, they get full/bushy and form a whole lot of branches, meaning more bud sites.
just my two cents.
It's a minefield man!,I've read loads of different shit about lights to,I think some worry about overheating with to many lights,but I've got my set up shed style so plenty of natural vent and loads of light,plus a little oil heater when the temp drops at night(shit British weather),gonna stick with the 24/0 all the time the gremlins like it,actually they are really kicking in nice now,not stretching.so I think the low strip is keeping them in check.Some people just use T5, T8 (fluorescent tube lights) and some people use CFL all just for seedlings and early Veg. But honestly if I had a choice between them, I'd take your HPS all day long over my CFLs.
I could be wrong, but I really don't think the CFLs are needed, but it will depend on the size HPS you're using too. Also a question.. Are you Vegging with HPS, or MH? MH is more appropriate for Veg, and HPS is better suited for Flowering.
I'm a Novice too So welcome to the club. I've read differing opinions, and everyone has their reasons. The most common I've seen are 18/6, and 24/0 for veg. For autos the schedule is kept the same throughout the grow, and for photo period plants, to flower the light schedule is switched to 12/12.
Some people say that 24 hours is better and the plants benefit from all the light being supplied and it gives it more energy.
Some people say that 18/6 is better because the plants benefit from the dark period to recover, grow, and all that good stuff.
And I'm sure there's a thousand other reasons people give for each. I haven't found any scientific proof as of yet as to which one is better, but for me personally, I like the 18/6 schedule.
BANG!. Just checked the kids this morning talk about growth surge!,getting thirsty to,glad I handmade a nice light soil and perlite mix plus volcanic stone two inches on the bottom.the drainage is excellent.be difficult to overwater these babys.also the top layer of stones really helps to keep it moist in the middle,it's like a root sandwich !It's Chevy for me