I'm sure as you see my setup needs a lot of work, but as I add better lighting I'll still probably end up using those bulbs as supplemental lighting as they grow denser and in more need of light below.
I did notice the heat lamp there seems to amplify the light from the led. Directly up to them I get about 30k lux at around 2 inches and past that it's at 16k rapidly dropping. With the reflector dish its 30k about a foot away and 70k up close. The only time I see anywhere near 70k is if I touch my light sensor to the led directly, so any idea how that's happening and should I get more then work out distance? I don't have a par meter.
I was going to be already working, but I'm still out of a job ATM. The guy who vouched for me almost died on the job a couple of weeks ago, so that's not working out any time soon. You all don't want to hear it I'm sure, but I'll be doing what I can with what I have before I can afford to properly take care of them. It could be worse. I could have no fertilizer at all and lead filled tap water. At least I have companion plants to help out once they grow. I just need them to grow faster.
Also I Forgot to mention, but the soil has small white worms wriggling out when I watered. I could barely see them. Smallest thing I've had to ever squint at. As thick as dog fur at best. I'm assuming a nematode of some kind. My camera doesn't have enough room or clarity to see anything that small. If my right eye can't see it any camera under 16x zoom can't either. One upside to a severely nearsighted right eye. yayyyyyyy for almost losing my eye in a fight as a kid!🤣 It works in my favor now. One severely nearsighted and one severely farsighted. I got to see a hawk devour a mouse in full clarity before my camera could even visually spot it. Sometimes I don't seem to fully grasp how off I see the world with this eyesight. I don't wear any corrective measures to fix my eyesight.
Once you get used to it seeing distance with one eye and peripheral with another is interesting.
Also I'm high and rambling now, so I'll go charge my phone and relax. Be back on later once it's time for another update.
While I'm out of a job taking care of the house and these plants is my job.