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Old 09-19-2018, 04:51 AM #1
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What is better...Shaded Daylight or CFL's?

Hey there,

I'm doing a micro-grow with small wattage 24W CFL's but I'm also able to bring them out for the morning sun but about 1pm the sun doesn't shine on that side of the house.
My question is...when the direct sun goes of them, is the shaded afternoon light still better than being under CFL's?

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Old 09-19-2018, 11:47 AM #2
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Are you running several 24 Watts lamps or just one? 24 Watts is in every case much lower than indirekt daylight, I would guess. But keep in mind that in the northern hemisphere the light hours are too low for vegetation state. They will probably start to flower pretty soon when left outside the whole time.
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From my limited learnings on the subject, a Sativa might not like it too much, but an Indica would probably be fine.

I am far from an expert and did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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More than likely YES!


Shaded sunlight is still more potent than a CFL for damn sure.


If you can find a light that will make a light spot on the ground in the shadows you may be on to something but the Sun is still way better that CFLs.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:25 AM #5
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Guy Brush, GOT BUD? and MJPassion thanks for the replies.

I have just the one Lemonberry (Fusion Seeds) clone that’s about 5” high at the moment and is under a couple of CFL’s but I’m waiting on a 1 into 4 fitting that I have some small LED’s for. It’s the start of spring in New Zealand so plenty of good sunlight down under and that’s why I’ve been taking out the clone and putting it on the windowsill…direct sunlight from 8am – 1pm and then indirect/shaded till about 4:30pm. I think I’ll keep with this schedule.

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Difficult to answer really because It depends how shaded it is when the sun isn't on them.. if it's dropping below 200 umol then they will stretch and it's sub optimal tbh. which is what I find happens in general.

If you live somewhere nearer the equator the power of the sun allows you to get away with more.

At least at 3-4" under the cfl the babies will be getting around 300umol consistently which is what is advised for babies, but it will obviously be inferior to the 1500+ umol from direct full sun.

I'd stick with your cfls..
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Hey there Lost in a SOG...appreciate your and now wish I could get my hands on a Light Meter eh? More cabinet lighting coming soon, so all good...Cheers DC3
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I would be real careful introducing them to direct sunlight mate, ease them into it
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IMHO a "micro" grow is not a "universal" grow. Plants have the ability to conform to their environment and, will adjust as required to flourish. IMHO having taken my "tropical bonsais" out in the summer proved to be more of a hassle than any benefits gained (pests). On the latter, a minor set back for Bonsais but, an unwanted one (perticides) for our girls. IMO you are shocking them every time you pull them in and out!
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Thanks Robbie vapez and Switcher56

I never thought about the possibility I was stressing the plant and I certainly don't want to do that...they are such temperamental things.
I was running with the some light good, more is better method but will take onboard what you're saying.

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