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SharonLM
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How much electric

Hope someone can help.  I just set up my Aerogarden 6 LED and my Aerogarden Bounty.  I am also getting another Bounty and they will all be sharing a table I've set up.  I want to put them all on the same surge protector.  Will I be running too much electricity?  Do these take that much?   It's a really good CyberPower surge protector.  

I'm loving them so far, just getting them hooked up was fun.  I shall grow herbs in the 6, lettuce in one Bounty and Kale in the other Bounty, at least for beginners.  Is the Kale difficult to grow?  Do I prune it just like I would with the lettuce?

Oh and Ginger, if you read this, I've started your book and am loving it.  So far (and I'm not a gardner, inside or out) you haven't lost me at all!  So glad I got it! 

Thanks for any help.  And I hope I put this in the correct forum.

 

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FWIW, I think white

FWIW, I think white reflectors are better than metallic. Metals focus light, instead of diffusing it, and can focus burning levels of light on leaf spots. Although, the easiest reflector of all, and most flexible, is a cheap mirrored heat blanket. Those are even slightly see-through. I used to have little visor-length drapes of heat blanket on the Aerogardens in my office, just to keep the lights out of my eyes.

Yes, if a metallic sheet is bent just right it acts as a magnifier.  I really like the idea of a solar blanket.  It's not fully mirrored so no chance of magnfication, it reflects enough light to be useful yet blocks enough light to be useful.  The idea of mounting it like a visor is intriguing.  I'm thinking of attaching it with 3M "Command" strips, those non-permanent sticky strips that you remove by stretching.  Interestingly the strips themselves cost way more than a solar blanket, which also has the advantage of being cheap.yes

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Fraoch I just found the

Fraoch I just found the coroplast on Amaz0n.  5 sheets 18 x 24 for $18.20 (I think that was the price).  Not bad and if you are a prime member shipping is free.  I ordered some and it should do at least two of my aerogardens, if not all three.  I like the idea it can be wiped down with a damp cloth and the way Ginger has it set up, it can be taken down and stored easily.

If I decide to make it taller, I shall find a simple way to just add a top layer on when it is needed, not sure yet but as they say, "Necessity is the Mother of Invention".

Just learning but so excited!

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Thanks Mike!  I have my third

Thanks Mike!  I have my third one coming in about a week.  I'll stop there until......  wink

Just learning but so excited!

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I've run four of the CFL

I've run four of the CFL Ultra's on a single power strip before. It didn't even blink, and that uses MUCH more energy thand the LED's. 

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Thank you, Sharon, on the

Thank you, Sharon, on the review!

And thanks so much, Fraoch, for clarifying the amperage thing. 15A doesn't sound like very much, so I've always been hazy on that. wink But if it's on a power strip, and a circuit breaker, I suppose there's not much chance of harm.

FWIW, I think white reflectors are better than metallic. Metals focus light, instead of diffusing it, and can focus burning levels of light on leaf spots. Although, the easiest reflector of all, and most flexible, is a cheap mirrored heat blanket. Those are even slightly see-through. I used to have little visor-length drapes of heat blanket on the Aerogardens in my office, just to keep the lights out of my eyes. Like here. I don't have those AG's anymore though.
 

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But I've found a way (through

But I've found a way (through the help of Ginger's book) to improvise three sided coverings and that has helped.

I also found this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Aerogarden-Reflector-Power-Grow-Light-Booster/

Corrugated cardboard + aluminum foil.smiley  Kinda ghetto but it should work well.  It's not as fancy as AeroGarden's version and doesn't have ventilation slots:

http://www.aerogarden.com/power-grow-light-booster-1.html

I might try it out as tomatoes need all the light they can get, plus the light leakage is a bit distracting at night.

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Thanks for the reminder

Thanks for the reminder Ginger, will head over to Amazon this afternoon to leave a review.  I usually do, but sometimes forget, so again, thanks!  

Just learning but so excited!

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Eventually you'd exceed what

Eventually you'd exceed what a single power outlet ought to be drawing, but I don't know what that point is. (Or even if it's wattage or amperage...)

A typical power outlet in North America is on a 15 Amp breaker, though there are usually several outlets on a breaker.  There may be lights and other things on the breaker too, but in a modern home it should just be a few outlets.  Watts = Volts X Amps and since volts is 120 in North America, a 15 A breaker can handle 1800 W!  (120 X 15).  That's a whole whack of AeroGardens, particularly if they're the LED types.

Power strips/surge protectors are always rated less than 15 A so a fully-loaded one won't overload the circuit.  Most of these devices have breakers of their own to prevent overloading them.  The power strips/surge protectors I've seen are rated at 1250 - 1500 W.

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I'm glad Fraoch answered

I'm glad Fraoch answered about the wattage, because I didn't know that. Eventually you'd exceed what a single power outlet ought to be drawing, but I don't know what that point is. (Or even if it's wattage or amperage...)

Thanks so much for the kind words on my book, Sharon! I'd be grateful for a review on Amazon, if you have the time. Reviews always help sales, and help others know which book to pick. Everyone has a different perspective.

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Thanks Fraoch!   LOL, yes, it

Thanks Fraoch!   LOL, yes, it is bright and the set-up is sitting right beside my sofa.  But I've found a way (through the help of Ginger's book) to improvise three sided coverings and that has helped.

I'm really glad you answered, now I won't worry.

Just learning but so excited!

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