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11-02-2006, 08:30 PM
Can aluminum foil be placed on walls to add reflective properties to the light?

11-03-2006, 06:42 PM
Aluminum foil is rarely used for reflective purposes as it "kinks" and tears very easily. If you brush by the foil while working in your garden it will almost always tear thus making it very difficult to work with. Also reflectivity of aluminum foil isn't as high as that for Mylar.

12-28-2006, 01:40 PM
Aluminum (dull side) works . Not as well as Mylar .
White paint is nearly as good as mylar and can be scrubed .
Finally reflected light is just that , reflected . As in twice* as far from the source as direct light . And light intensity drops off rapidly as distance increases . So arguing the merits of one reflector over another on lumens is getting a little picky . Use what works . But "never" a mirror , the light must pass through two layers of glass rendering the light nearly worthless.