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cfl vs led for growing weed

Cfl vs led for growing weed

To summarize the pros of CFL bulbs, they are:

Widely available and simple to use, CFL bulbs are often employed by home growers of all skill and interest levels. Photo by: Dimitri Newman/Weedmaps

There are lots of lighting options available to the home grower, but for now, let’s dig into one specifically: compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Widely available and simple to use, CFL bulbs are often employed by home growers of all skill and interest levels. So let’s unpack them for you.

The cons of CFL bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs have lots of pros for the novice grower: ease of use, minimal investment, and decent efficiency. That said, they do carry some minimal risk, are less environmentally friendly than other options (like LEDs), and will cost more in the long term.

While many indoor cannabis growers will definitively conclude that LEDs are better, both CFLs and LEDs have pros and cons.

What are CFL bulbs?

While cheaper for initial setup, CFL bulbs have a shorter lifespan and are less efficient than LEDs, meaning they will cost more in the long-term. As mentioned, CFLs also contain a small amount of mercury, which can pose some risk to you and other living creatures in the vicinity should you break one. (Read on to learn more about that.) Because of this, they also require special disposal to avoid sending mercury into landfills.

The answer depends on where you live. As of this writing, the fate of CFLs is unclear due to some backtracking by the Department of Energy around efficiency requirements for light bulbs that were supposed to come into effect back in 2019. The matter is currently being litigated and, much like cannabis laws, there is a patchwork of regulation that varies by state.

Cfl vs led for growing weed

Studies have shown that the US consumer changing just one incandescent light bulb to a CFL bulb could save enough energy to power three million homes.

Dimmer Switches-If you desire dimming, you will have to buy special, and more expensive, dimmable CFL bulbs.

LED Vs. CFL Grow Lights

Supplemental Lighting– A few growers state that the CFL lightbulb only works well as a supplemental light as they do not have enough light intensity to be the primary grow light.

The CFL bulb though is not as popular as it used to be as other newer, and more versatile grow light technology, has become more popular, and frankly, other lighting tech does work better.

CFL Cannabis Grow Lights For Growing Marijuana

Compact fluorescent lights (“CFL”) are easily recognized by their spiral, curly design, which results in them being more compact than regular fluorescent tubes.