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#1 Guest_the_*

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:52 PM

I need some light for my fruiting chambers. I was thinking of getting a nightlight, cutting a small hole in the top of the chamber and putting the light through (not the whole thing, just the light.)

Has anyone tried this or something similar?

#2 kevinfergo

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:55 PM

what is your fruiting chamber..just a rubbermaid type box?

#3 Guest_the_*

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:57 PM

Yeah, its just a rubbermaid plastic box with a plastic lid.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:13 PM

I use rubbermaids as well. Walmart carries 10" & 12" flouros the are made to go in a cabinet. I attatch those to the lid and have one in each chamber and all on a timer.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:15 PM

Nice! How much did it cost at walmart? Do you have any pics of your setup?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:23 PM

here is a thread of that shows mine ..i got my tubs for 3.49. i just put a floro right on top. there are cool so they won't melt anything.

http://mycotopia.net...html?1107104384

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:25 PM

I was wrong about the sizes, they are 18 & 12.The 18" were like $13.00 a piece and the 12" were like $9.00. Here are some pics

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:26 PM

Its hard to see but they are mounted to the top. These lights even have a cord that attatches multiples of the same kind to each other.


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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:27 PM

Very nice! Thanks for your help Insight!


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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:28 PM

Healthy looking cakes there insightPosted Image

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:38 PM

Thanks. These cakes are one their 3rd flush, last flush was over 400g wet.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:42 PM

i have used two night lights at the top of my container for some time, works like a charm.they are also nice for invitro as they provide light and warmth. flouros would be nice too though

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 12:50 AM

Small florescents are all that you need for fruiting. Any type of light that doesn't put off a lot of heat will work fine. Insights rig looks good.

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 10:15 PM

i have read and read and n clear respose to this queation that ive found maybe you experts can help? does ammount or legth of light matter ?little light i get but does it matter if its on an hr or 24 hrs or just 12 12 just courious as to if it does o doesnt make a diff?

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 12:32 AM

it does seem to matter for me. however studies have been done that suggest a few seconds of light can stimulate fruiting, in my opinion the more light you have the better the crop, probaly dont want to go over 12 though i would think mushrooms need to sleep to.

my first batch i grew was on a strict 12/12 ligth schedual and they were straight and very few aborts. this batch ive had to cut light down for stealth, around 6-8 and alot of mushrooms lay down or grow in diffrent directions but other wise healthy so it seems cosmetic, but neccesary for propper development. but this could be strain related as they were diffrent isolations. hope this helps man.

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 01:17 AM

I wouldn't leave it on for 24 hours. An hour a day should be enough, unless you are using the light as a heat source, then you may want more. My cakes sit in a translucent blue container and get dim light through that, only get direct light when they are being fanned, turn out great

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 09:15 AM

i use a 60 watt closet light and haave it set to a 12 on 12 off. ive grown them succesfully with a night light on for 2 hours a day. light is mainly used to trigger pinning. after that it is mainly used to make the mushrooms grow towards the light.

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 10:14 AM

thank you ever so much. You guys have been most helpful!!! I Apprciate all the tips, turning my flouresent lights back to twelve and waiting for pinning on casings. Happy Shrooming!!!!

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 02:24 PM

If colonized grain was used to spawn manure compost, would light be beneficial while the compost was colonizing or just when its time to pin? My friend has a portable "greenhouse" type fruiting chamber and he keeps the temps about 75 and the RH around 90%. He thinks this is ok but has questions about wether he should use light or not. THanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 03:10 PM

You should not use light until you are ready for pinning. This, plus the increase in O2 and slight decrease in temps, triggers pinning. As for the quantity of light, If you have a clear or translucent cover, the amout of light coming from the room is fine. And you don't need much. When you enter the room to fan etc. that should be lots. You can leave it on for longer if you like.




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