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146 of 151 people found the following review helpful
Okay that title is a bit much. But this lamp makes me happy. At only 125 watts, I finally have something that works, unlike those lights which call themselves the sun then fail to make my plants want to do anything other than shrivel up and die.

It turns out that, for me, I can't use just LEDs and had to supplement them with 100-watt equivalent flouros I'd bought from Home Depot. This was okay, but awkward to adjust and aim the light.

So I got this thing and hung it, and it works beautifully for about three flower pots, all I need.

Then, when I had to move it, I found I could just set it on the desk upright, not even hanging, and arrange my plants around it, and it still works. The plants are growing better than ever, in a very small space, and I didn't even have to hang the thing.

It's cheap, it's sturdy, and it takes hardly any wattage. It is, in effect, awesome.
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
Easy to assemble, super bright natural light. Within a week I see the plants looking towards this lamp as it has a light spectrum closer to the sun than anything else I have. Will get another one soon.

UPDATE: 4/15/2010:: Bought a second unit via Amazon.. They must have recently changed design as now it is a bit different from the picture. Exactly same bulb(very bright/very good) but the mogel base is different. The older design (pictured) has elongated base with the electrical cord coming out of the rear totally clearing the back of the dew guard (reflector). This allowed the unit to be flush against a wall (vertical mount)or ceiling (horizontal mount) or on any flat surface and project its light outwards.

The new version: the rear end is shorter and the electrical cord is coming out of the back. This causes the unit to not be able to lie completely flush against any surface. Out-of-the-box it will be tilted some at best. To remedy this, I bent slightly the bulb base metal where the mogel base is soldered to the reflector. This did solve the problem but I appreciate the older design more. The newer design makes the whole unit an inch or so shorter, probably to be able to fit into a smaller box. Anyways it appears to be working just as well. Again easy to assemble and super bright natural looking light.

Originally gave it 5 stars. With the design change I still give it 5 stars as it was easy to modify w/o tools. If you are going to suspend from the hanger hooks then the design change doesn't matter at all. Still a great reflectorized grolight on the cheap...
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81 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2011
Arrived in good condition. It's hard to imagine how it could get broken the way it was packed; very professional packaging. The quality is good and the unit works as expected. Bright enough for my small (1.25' X 4') hydroponic lettuce garden. For a small area or for supplemental light in a larger area, this unit is perfect. It is nice that it can handle a 200W fluorescent bulb and comes with bulb supports for both the 125W and 200W bulbs.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
I almost went with Hydrofarm jumpstart setup, but was on the fence about purchasing it with a stand I didnt need. I also ran across a jumpstart light at a local nursery and wasnt impressed, especially of all the spindley plants under it. I am pretty new to germinating my own seeds and fairly new to gardening so I don't know a whole lot about whats top of the line or better, but I was blown away by the quality of this fixture and size of the bulb! I have germinated lots of plants so far this season with this light along side using the germinating heat mat. I set this up inside a greenhouse tent in our house next to a south facing window. I run the germinating mat at night and plugg the light in during the day with the added supplimental light from the windows. When it was still getting dark fairly early and well into the morning, it was nice being able to keep my seedlings under enough light as they needed. I added a photo to this page and you can see where I lined the inside of the guard with foil and made an added shade on the side so it would be more reflective and block the light from shining out into the rest of the room. The bulb does put out a bit of heat, but that's expected and doesnt seem to be enough to be any sort of problem.
I plan to purchase another one of these for a the second shelf of the greenhouse since the light cant see past all the trays to the space below. I am very happy with this purchase and see no need for anything higher wattage for the time being. I couldnt recommend enough!
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
I bought this item because my tropical White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai) needed more light than my window allowed. My lucky bamboo, spider plant, chinese evergreen, and Dusty Miller all showed significant signs of improvement. One thing to note on this light, is that it's not quite enough light if you want to grow more that 3 plants with it. There is a ratio of light distributed and light intensity when you raise and lower the light over the canopy. You have to find the balance your plants need, and if you want to do that easily I suggest you get the Hydrofarm hanging system with it because that thing is worry free and worth the money!
I recently upgraded to the 200W version and holy crap this bulb is easily 140% of the last one, in size, weight, and strength! It barely fits in the guard. Speaking of the guard, if you're buying this to save money on a eco-gro, you'll want to maximize your lumen output. I built a reflector system with poster-paper "drapes" that are coated with aluminum foil, and they work great! Easily DOUBLED light output, no joke, try it out. If you want to grow many plants with this I suggest you get one light to every FOUR plants. The 200W is a worthy upgrade.
It's awesome that there are 105W, 125W, and 200W versions. There are also 2700K, 3000K, 5000K, 6700K, and even 7000K on the Kelvin rating. That means if you get one of these, and then order a 2700K Compact Fluorescent bulb by Hydrofarm, you get a plant's full lifecycle of light needs. All for around $100. Can you beat that? The 125W is supposed to give off 7000 Lumens, and the 200W version gives off 10000 Lumens. Not bad!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
I got this for my Mom, who I'm helping setup an Indoor Garden in her Garage..This light was purchased for its ability to produce "Daylight Sun"- as opposed to the 150 Watt HPS light I got, and used, first.
Anyone who grows Tomatoes, or any other Two-Step" grow-cycle, will LOVE this light for the Vegetation stage of the growing period.
THE minute I began using this light-in place of the (incorrect) HPS, I noticed that it was about a HUNDRED times brighter!~ Additionally, it runs on 60 Volts @ 1.4 amps125 Watt CFL (Super) light is INCLUDED.
The advanced CFL Bulb that comes with this item cost about $35-to-$50 JUST for the bulb, so the cost of the entire unit being a few dollars more-was a no brain er.
This light weighs only 8 Lbs, generates MNINIMAL heat-and MAXIMUM light for the Vegetating stage of growth....PER the included operating booklet-it says this Fixture will ACCOMMODATE a 200 WATT CFL bulb-(Great)
INCLUDED are the "V"-shaped hangers (pictured) and a 15 Foot power cord.
There is no "ON-OFF" switch, so using a timer may be helpful if you can't be there.
It is made very well and the packaging was superb-Especially as the Bulb is packed-separately in its OWN box...
ONE THING-It arrived WITHOUT ANYTHING covering the GIANT PICTURE on the label-on the outside- of the box-that says "Hydroponic Grow Light"...in case you're trying to HIDE IT from the person, for whom its purchased.
EXCELLENT PRODUCT
EXCELLENT COMPANY
BEYOND Excellent price-
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
Great light very bright, perfect for my use, the cord as stated in the description says 15 inches, the cord is actually 8 feet.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
I do not generally leave feedback, but I had to on this item. My daughter bought me a bonsai plant this pass September. I told her that I had no place for it, because I had no light areas to grow it. By October all the leaves had fallen off. I ordered this light in January and left it set for a couple more weeks before I hung it up. I place it about 12 inches from the top of the plant. It has been about 3 weeks and the plant has a lot of leaves coming out, more than what it had. I leave the light on from 8:30AM to 11:00PM. I would recommend this light for people that have the same poor light sources that I have.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
This Compact Fluorescent light and fixture work great for my plants. In fact it works so well, I'm buying another one for my grow tent. Heat is not an issue with this system so I can have the bulb within inches of my plants. According to the manufacturers website, the bulb releases 7,000 lumen's on its surface. Not bad!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
Its perfect for veg stage. i also use it with my hps for flowering. Would recommend to a friend . A++++
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