When I first started growing indoor I was flat broke and suffering from chronic back pain due to an injury. I was being prescribed opiate pain killers and I did not like what they did to me so I used cannabis instead. It relieved the pain just enough that I could function as a normal human being but the down side is it got expensive from the clubs price gouging with 100% or more mark ups and if you went to your local bud man you weren’t always guaranteed to get quality organic buds.
I couldn’t grow outdoor in my county anymore aside from my guerrilla grows but they kept getting pilfered by people stumbling upon them. So really my only option was to grow in my shed.
I looked everywhere for decent lights and ballasts but everything but the bulbs were extremely expensive so I decided to hit the junk yard and do a little DIY. I managed to find an old reflector, an old ballast, and an old street lamp post that still had the lighting fixture and internal ballast. Walked out of the junkyard only spending $20. Went home and rewired the ballasts to run on 110 volts then put a 400w MH in the reflector and a 1000w HPS in the GE lighting fixture.
Even with next to nothing you can get a lighting setup with a little ingenuity and determination.
If anyone has any questions about some inexpensive DIY feel free to ask. I can even walk you through setting up old ballasts or what to look for at the thrift shops and junk yards.
Happy growing friends.