life of a 1000 watt bulb

Discussion in 'Basic Growing Information' started by cheech, May 26, 2010.

  1. cheech

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    i just finished up two runs with a couple 1000 watt hortilux bulbs. i was wondering how long you guys are using yours for before you decide to replace them.

    these bulbs have never been on for more then 12 hours at a time. my two flower rooms are perpetual and they run 12 hours on/off until they are replaced.

    i figured i would just replace them after every three harvests. that would be 6-7 months of use running 12/12.

    do any of you replace them based off of light meter readings? i might buy a light meter and then see what the lumens read brand new and replace them after a certain percentage of lumen loss. appreciate the input.
     
  2. Some say every harvest ... but thats too wasteful for my budget.
    Every 12 months suits me, unless I see a real decline in bud growth.
     
  3. cheech

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    hmm.. me and you must be the only ones running horti's. well.. it looks like between some growers 1 grow and your 6 grows with the bulb i'm about average.

    if every grow with a 1000 watt bulb is about 1.5 lbs, which is worth 4500 then i guess i should just replace the bulb every two grows.

    if anyone knows that it doesn't effect yield though for a third run please post.
     
  4. Im a cheap ass but I have been replacing them every 12-18 months. I know thats bad but im poor :)
     
  5. 9-12 months depending on bud growth with any hps 400 or better
     
  6. Midnight_son

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    I replace mine every 12 month's.
     
  7. SSHZ

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    I replace mine every year also......... and I use them in veg and flowering straight thru.
     
  8. cheech

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    damnnn.. one year. that's way longer then i thought they would last.. sounds good to me though.
     
  9. I replace my bulbs yearly...I think thats fair
     
  10. og dmc

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  11. Detox

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    1 year is the standard
     
  12. light meter is 25$ ? ebay.
     
  13. cheech

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    i haven't looked, but i'd be interested in buying one and recording the lumen loss over time.
     
  14. Detox

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    ive always wanted a light meter , would be every handy