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2 years ago
StereoGreen
@terpenes, Hey bro and welcome to the community! I did in fact veg and flower with an 8 bulb t5 setup (fluros). Its hard finding info out there on flowering with t5's specifically and honestly no one would really recommend flowering with them. Over 400 watts with them was extremely inefficient. I did manage to get 2.5 oz out of one plant but it clocked in at about .17 grams per watt. Any HID regardless of cost would have more than doubled the yield on that. When I decided to go in all fluro I was in the same boat not knowing what to expect with my environment (also a basement) and didn't want to go crazy on costs for cooling out of the gate etc. With that said people use regular cfl's all the time and even flower with them on a budget. Defiantly doable!:smiley: A couple of issues I'll highlight with my setup. I went in with no active cooling at first. I had to open every flap on my tent and that kept my temps in the low 80's. Not Perfect but it was working. The biggest issue is when flowering starts to take off and the plants have a bit of size is the humidity. It will skyrocket and give you very high chances of mold. I started to hit humidity in the upper 70s low 80s. Defiantly would have got mold with those conditions. 200cfm of air took temps/humidity of 80 degrees / 75% humidity to around 72 degrees 50% humidity. The other issue will depend for you but the odor WILL be an issue. Before I installed my filter/fan the whole house smelled. After the fan/filter was put in you can only smell it while inside your tent. Amazing really haha. As for the size of my plants I chalk some of it up to 5 gallon pots giving alot of root room. The other part is I'm still throwing 400 watts at it. It just not a very efficient 400 watts. Also for what its worth I plan on moving to a HID next grow and I will not be venting outside. I will continue to vent it to the other end of the basement. No long ducts or anything crazy just outta the tent pointing at the other end of the basement. With all that said my personal recommendation if you can go with a HID do it. If yield isn't a super big concern and even bud/size appearance to an extent cfl's and fluros are defiantly an option. In either case I think you will most likely need an inline fan of some sort to exchange the air. Let me know what you go with and feel free to reach out if you need anything at all. I had a crap ton of questions going into this. Follow @Sumgrower420 and @Tenacious_Trichomes also. They have different environments but are great guys that wouldn't mind answering questions as well! Have a great night!
StereoGreen