What are Some Advantages of Using CFL Lights to Grow Weed?


Advantages of using CFL lights to grow weed? Saving money!


There are advantages to using CFL lights? Really?

How dare I write about the advantages of using energy-saving bulbs. Isn’t that a given? Did I actually spend time and waste a blog post on this?

I mean…doesn’t anyone already interested in or using CFLs already know the advantages of using them?


Maybe so, maybe not.

The truth is not hidden in the obvious; it usually lays elusive; hidden within the  facts.  So let’s check out the facts behind why using CFL lights to grow weed is the best decision you can make.


Low energy consumption – Cheaper bills!

Yup. You needed me to tell you this. People who use CFL bulbs for growing weed, as opposed to those burning their HPS or MH lamps, are saving big funds on their energy bills. Especially since their homes’ non-grow-related rooms are also equipped with these power-saving bulbs.

A penny saved = a penny earned.
A penny burned = a lesson learned (hopefully)


Low Levels of Heat

First let’s start with ventilation requirements as related to compacts registering lower numbers on the heat scale. Using High Pressure Sodium bulbs, Metal Halide and other High Intensity lighting systems will REQUIRE you to purchase exhaust fans, carbon filter(s), ducting and hardware to properly vent out any heat created by your lights and equipment, while helping keep humidity in check.


Higher wattage lighting and large grow rooms will require more lights and more powerful fans, thus creating more heat. Using CFL lights doesn’t exclude the need for fans, since any heat generated will need to be dissipated properly, whether it’s “naturally” (open windows) or through forced ventilation (fans, A/C, etc).


The more wattage being used, the more heat produced. Generally speaking, CFL bulbs run cool as they can be physically touched (up to 42 watts) without burning the hand. This translates well into cooler grow rooms.


Easy for Beginners to Start With

Beginning a CFL grow is as easy as coming to this website, learning the basics of CFL growing, buying a few bulbs, and getting your plants under the light. It’s THAT easy. Everything in the middle is a part of the learning curve that “plagues” anything worth actually doing.

Maria  (last name withheld) knew nothing about growing plants, let alone weed. She checked out this site on Monday evening. By
Thursday night, she had a pot, some dirt, a planted seed, some nutrients, and a small lamp with a 40-watt bulb shining over the plant. Fast forward four months later and Maria is enjoying an ounce of primo, homegrown goodness.  It doesn’t get any easier than that, does it?


Get “pro-quality” results

This goes without explaining. Whodathunk that one of the advantages to using these cheapo lights is pro-quality bud?!! Don’t believe me? Take a look at some of these bud shots!


Low Start-Up Cost

The only REQUIREMENT to get started with compact floros, is a lamp, a light and your plant–that’s it. That’s the bare minimum basics. Now, depending on how big you plan to grow that plant and your desired harvest outcome, you can upgrade accordingly and spend more money as you learn. No expensive, fancy tent costing $100+, no inline fans costing $100+, no carbon filter running $75+, no fancy 250W Phillips CFL bulb costing $200+….nope, none of that.

All you need to start is exactly what you have laying around your house, right now at this very minute. Go check and get started. We will be waiting!


Easily accessible and easily replaced

Broke a bulb? Or think you’ll break some?  No sweat! Go get another or jump online and order another. Nuff’ said.


Very discreet, good for ‘stealth’ grows

Scared that the drug war will bring helicopters over your home searching to sniff our your light footprint and throw you in the slammer? Or are you afraid that the telltale signs of a large-scale grow operation will ooze from your humble little personal grow? NO WORRIES!! CFLs are PERFECT for stealth grows of all types!

Grow out of a PC computer if you want. Grow in a bucket! Grow in a drawer; sky’s the limit!


Long Bulb Life

The average life of a High Intensity bulb is FAR, FAR less smaller than that of a CFL bulb. The typical CFL bulb will runs typically 8,000 to 10,000 hours, running roughly 3 hours per day.

Running your bulbs for vegetative state at 18 hours per day, will  shorten that span to between 1,333 and 1,666 hours, +/- a bit. For flowering, running at 12/12 will render your bulb life even longer.

So….you get the idea; these bulbs don’t really degrade in intensity; they just DIE. Another win for CFLs. No need to worry if your 3-month old bulb is kicking out the lumens, IF it works, it IS. Very long and reliable operation considering the dirt-cheap cost to replace them when they do go out.


P.S…I’m still running the same bulbs from the same batch bought over 8 months ago, with no issues at all.


By Robert Narley