OK, you've got my attention. That sounds like the ideal proposition for all of my chilli/herb/tomato projects for next year.
Any advice/referrals/info? Gratefully received, as you're in the same sorta geographic region as me.
Assuming your following on my post.
I actually got given some of those Hydroponic light shades/reflector with the big screw in bulbs fittings you can only get at hydroponic stores.
I didn't use the HID high wattage lights. I used the low wattage fluro energy saver type globes that are around 80 watt.
Sorry I have no internet link. Vaguely I think the shade/reflector ~ $100. 80w Fluro energy saver bulb ~ $50. Its some time ago now. That was good for a little grow space I set up 1m wide, 2m long and only 1m high. Keep the lights as close to the plants as possible. Move the light around to favour lower plants. A perfect temp range environment for germination as well between 20 to 30c.
Oh, and with a little fan for good air circulation. Flat white painted walls or I had white Polystyrene sheat best insulation and light reflection. Because I'm a hobby geek etc...
Scurried through my photobucket archive for example pic.
My first Bhut Jolokia. (Ghost Pepper) raised from seed in winter. This is about 6 months old. You can only see the chilli's when their red but I got at least 120 chilli off the first seasons.