Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL's / T5's)
CFL Grow Lights
CFL as a Standalone Option
standard CFL lamps are generally supplied in lower wattages (100w - 300w) and don't produce a high intensity of light as a result. CFL Grow lights work well in rooms smaller than 100cm2, but multiple fixtures are required when lighting a space thats larger. CFL grow fixtures are cheap so the initial costs to set up the garden can be less than other options such as 400v HID or LED.
CFL Grow Lights are perfectly suited for propagation and early vegetative growth but better results in terms of speed of growth will show with HID lighting.
We only recommend flowering under CFL's if other options won't work in your scenario, particularly heat issues, or height limitations. HID & LED will outperform CFL lights in terms of yield and quality.
Supplementary CFL Grow Lights
Some growers choose to hang CFL's around their garden to provide supplementary light from the blue side of the spectrum, helping to balance the nutrition in the light the plants recieve. Blue wavelengths will reduce the stretch at the onset of flower as well as promote terpenes and flavinoids in the fruit towards the end of flower.
If you need more info on CFL grow lights, email us or call our specialist team on 0800 085 7995 who can advise you on the best solution for your space and cultivar.