Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were first introduced around 1980 as an energy efficient alternative to conventional incandescent light bulbs. CFLs provide more concentrated light than linear fluorescent tubes and are about one-quarter the size of conventional fluorescents. Simple to use, compact fluorescents have the ballast built into the base of the bulb, so there is no need for an unsightly external ballast.
With the optional Hydrofarm Compact Reflector
, an eight foot power cord plugs into any standard 120V household outlet and the fixture incorporates a convenient on/off switch at the back of the reflector. Since CFL's utilize fluorescent technology, they burn very cool compared to an HID or incandescent lamp, enabling much closer lamp to plant tolerance for increased light levels. At 200 watts, the electricity needed for Hydrofarm Compact Fluorescent Plant Grow Light is roughly the same as a standard incandescent reading lamp of the same wattage, just MUCH brighter. Each bulb has a generous 10,000 hour rated life as well as a full one-year replacement warranty.
The precision Compact Fluorescent reflector is built to the same exacting standards as Hydrofarm's larger HID lamp reflectors and includes a pebbled finish aluminum wing insert to distribute light evenly to the plant canopy. Tempered lens (optional) with all systems helps protect bulb from dust and water. Extemely lightweight, the entire unit weighs less than 10 pounds and includes convenient hangers for mounting. Compact Fluorescent Reflector measures 19.4 inches long by 12.2 inches wide by 6.8 inches deep with hangers. One year manufacturers warranty against defects.
These lamps are ideal for starting seeds, propagation, houseplants, african violets, cactus and other smaller planting situations and are bright enough to actually produce smaller fruiting and flowering plants.
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