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Invisiblecosmofish


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    #11274983 - 10/19/09 01:48 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I have like a filing cabinet that I covered the walls with tin foil and put a light in there. but the light's been on for only like half an hour and it's way too hot to touch. the only thing in there is the light, tin foil, a very damp paper towel, and a plastic cup with dirt and a weed seed planted in it. so could it catch fire or anything? i don't know


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11275002 - 10/19/09 01:52 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

yeah man.

Don't take fire hazards lightly, I lit some saran wrap on fire with a light I had sitting on a monotub once.
Your light needs more air circulation to keep it cool. What's really the point of growing weed in a filing cabinet anyways? Just grow it amongst a few other "normal" plants out the open sun.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Flop Johnson]
    #11275020 - 10/19/09 01:55 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

but like what could catch fire in there? the light itself is like a foot away from the very damp paper towel and the cup. and I don't know about growing it outside. especially this time of year? it's already too cold for weed outside i bet


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11275030 - 10/19/09 01:57 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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I have like a filing cabinet that I covered the walls with tin foil and put a light in there. but the light's been on for only like half an hour and it's way too hot to touch. the only thing in there is the light, tin foil, a very damp paper towel, and a plastic cup with dirt and a weed seed planted in it. so could it catch fire or anything? i don't know


Use a CFL bulb, maybe invest in a computer fan.

If your living in an area where you wont have to worry about smell then just get a small computer fan and put it near the top of the grow box to blow the hot air out.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11275037 - 10/19/09 01:59 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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but like what could catch fire in there? the light itself is like a foot away from the very damp paper towel and the cup. and I don't know about growing it outside. especially this time of year? it's already too cold for weed outside i bet




Well first of all the "very damp paper towel" could become very dry from the intense heat that the lamp is putting off inside of a metal container - thus making it ignitable. If that isn't feasible then the light could melt some of it's small plastic parts and light them on fire.

Look, I don't know what it will ignite, I'm just saying intense heat in the presence of paper or plastic = bad.

Increase airflow, that's all I can say. Or put the plant in a window, along with other plants.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Flop Johnson]
    #11275053 - 10/19/09 02:02 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I wouldn't be too worried about it since your filing cabinet is probably metal (though I don't know what kind of light you're talking about).  You'll want to exhaust the hot air somehow since your plants won't grow well if it's too hot in there (and you'll be worried about fires).  If that's your only light, you can just set it up outside of an enclosure with the seed under it until you get your grow cabinet fine tuned a bit more - better safe than sorry eh?

I would also get rid of the tinfoil, which is not a great material for reflecting light.  Instead you could either paint the inside white, buy mylar, or use the reflective insides of bags of chips (also made of mylar).


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: PoC]
    #11277499 - 10/19/09 03:39 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

yeah ok I left the light on all night and it doesn't seem to be too dangerous. it didn't actually get that hot. anyway, I lined the walls with tin foil again (because I did it the shiny side out the first time) and my hopefully my seed is starting to grow.

one more question: right now I have the seed in a plastic cup with slits cut in the bottom to allow drainage. HOWEVER, when my plant grows roots and I have to transplant it to a new pot, will I need slits in the bottom? no right? because it has roots right?


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11277826 - 10/19/09 04:35 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

It needs to drain man, whatever size pot it's in. They need a good watering so they're wet right through.

Tin foil is a poor reflective material, painting it flat white inside would be a lot better.

You have some reading to do, :stoned:.

What are your temps inside the cab at pot level under the light ?


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Mike_yy]
    #11277961 - 10/19/09 04:59 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

uhh about 70 degrees but i don't know how accurate this thing is. according to what i've read though 68-78 is okay, and I only have one plant right now so I should be fine

also I was gonna paint the inside white but I can't find any white paint around the house so I'll do it some other time


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11277980 - 10/19/09 05:03 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

oh, also, how much will this plant end up smelling once it's in it's budding stages? (if it gets there, hopefully it will).

the filing cabinet I have it in will have a bunch of clothes and shit in front of it so that people that come in the room won't see the light shining through the cracks, but there's still holes and cracks in the back to let air in. think it will stink up the house? (I'm probably gonna plant another plant or two in the future as well)


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11278047 - 10/19/09 05:14 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

oh and ANOTHER question: this seed came from a bag of kush my friend sold me. is growing kush any different than growing other weed strains? or is it pretty much all the same thing


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11278064 - 10/19/09 05:16 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

They can stink a house out real bad, depends on the strain.
What light are you using ?


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Mike_yy]
    #11278117 - 10/19/09 05:25 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

like a 100w halogen light, i don't know if that's ideal or anything but it hasn't failed me so far

oh, and for the seedling stage, how long should I leave the light on, and how long should I leave it off? some sources I've read say 24 hours light, some say like 18 hours light, 6 off, and some say half and half. what do you guys think?


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11278149 - 10/19/09 05:31 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

12/12 will cause it to flower, 18/6 will do.
Don't let light leak in when lights are off.

Throw up some cab pics up if you can,, :grin:.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Mike_yy]
    #11279862 - 10/19/09 09:54 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Halogens are definitely not great grow lights.  Switching to at least compact fluorescent lights would be cheap and more efficient than what you've got now.  You might want to look up some DIY odor control techniques such as building a mini-scrubber.  Even something simple can make a big difference.  Your room will definitely smell for a couple months while the plant flowers so if you can't get away with the smell for that long, you better be ready.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: PoC]
    #11283597 - 10/20/09 01:34 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

my plant has sprouted. i changed from the halogen to a 100w fluorescent, the halogen was actually 30w I found out so that wouldn't be too useful at all


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Flop Johnson]
    #11284192 - 10/20/09 03:20 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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MoeRon said:
yeah man.

Don't take fire hazards lightly, I lit some saran wrap on fire with a light I had sitting on a monotub once.
Your light needs more air circulation to keep it cool. What's really the point of growing weed in a filing cabinet anyways? Just grow it amongst a few other "normal" plants out the open sun.




What type of 6500k light was hot enough to start a fire?

I say this because the flourescents I used you can almost touch them when they're on they run so cold. Obviously no good for growing pot, but mushrooms don't usually create a fire hazard.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: blujay]
    #11284215 - 10/20/09 03:23 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

damn boys i am so happy

this plant is gonna grow


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: cosmofish]
    #11284233 - 10/20/09 03:27 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

We'll see,, :hehehe:..
Good luck man,, :thumbup:.


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Re: is it safe to leave this light on for like 10 hours? [Re: Mike_yy]
    #11284647 - 10/20/09 04:28 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

yeah it is and you'll be leaving it on for more than that if you wanna get a decent product I suggest a 16 to 24 hr veg time and a 12 and 12 for flowering


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