I've been growing now for ~5 years and for the past 3-4years I've been using the same LED grow lights. I got an excellent deal on about 10 - 130 watt "burple" type lights 3-4 years ago and have been using combinations in 2 grow chambers of mine but the stock of replacements is about gone and I haven't kept up with the brands and new technology available in LED grow lights. That's why I am here, looking for good info. First I have two grow spaces: One 4'x4' and the other 3'x3ft, both 6' tall.
I have two basic questions. First, should I get one light to cover the whole space or is it better to get several smaller lights and go a more modular way (this is what I've been doing with good effect for years but thought I'd get the opinion of people who know more than I do about this particular subject).
Second question: What are some suggestions for the best brand/type of lights I should consider (if possible give me best regardless of cost and a second based on value, of course they could be the same one, but I'm not counting on it). Just looking for direction here, I've ignored this area for a few years and I don't want to do the full research thing again if I can help it. Thanks in advance.
I prefer smaller lights because different plants have different needs, especially if you grow several strains at one time and if you have one big light and it goes out you have darkness, if you have a few lights then plants will continue on. Seems like you already learned modular is better so why change?
Lots of good lights out there it just depends on your budget and what you want from your grows. I suggest you look at the PPFD maps first and then look at the claimed coverage, for me if it cant hit at least 550 ppfd in the corners at !8 inches above the canopy it isnt really covering the area it claims. If they dont have a PPFD map then I'd pass but I have a lot to learn about LED's
Thanks for the info. I've got a bit of time to search and a lot of research to do in the process. HLG isn't a brand I'm familiar with (as with a bunch of brands I've seen in my recent search, boy has the selection blossomed and changed since last I was in the market) but I will keep it in mind. A quick glance indicates it is at similar price points and similar specs to other light setups I've seen recently. I'll keep the ppfd info in mind. when I last bought that info was only available on very hi-end models and I never really got deep into the light specification themselves but I guess that information is more available and the importance of which I might need to address. In short, good info and if you have any more hints or tips keep them coming. I very strongly believe more information is always better than less when making a decision.
ppfd is an important factor to look at when researching for your light purchase. but there's others as well , spectrum , reliability [many reviews to read] , quality of drivers , diodes etc....... Spiderdog , i believe has pointed you in the right direction with HLG. don't do what i and many others have done and that is cheap out with an Amazon led. i bought some hollandstar leds and they vegged well enough but i didn't get the size and trics with the buds i wanted. take my advice if you'd like but from my experience and others too is don't cheap out ! you'll end up like myself and others of having to buy again. remember that for the most part you get what you pay for and research ur azz off too , it pays off ! Black Friday deals are coming too , best way to buy after a shiite ton of research , good luck and happy hunting !
Most of the high end lights have an add on of some sort so you can adjust the spectrum. Before I switched to HIDs the Viperspectra 700 PAR I was using had dimmers and the 600 PAR had off and on switches and it makes a difference just like HPS and MH.
From what I've seen, the bar style led lights are the way to go. The heat just goes up so you can bring them in close for best penetration. Look at the Fluence Spydr series. One light per tent. My suggestion is do a sog, veg 3wks, and harvest a lb or 2.
The one I just bought runs surprisingly cool and I think the bar types spread out the light much better without it traveling more distance. If you have 2 or more of any kind of light the closer you bring them together the more light the area in the middle gets.
HLG, Spiderfarmer, Gavita, California Lightworks and Kind LED are all good names to look into. one thing im noticing is alot of companies are getting rid of their old stock and models so the older technology can be had for much cheaper (we have a few Kind products that havent sold and the prices were significantly reduced), The hot setup (trend) like everyone says is the light bars.
Make sure your light is full spectrum because some companies offer lights only for veg or more optimized for flower. Can you imagine spending $1000.00 and only being able to use it for half your grow?
and dont knock the old technology. you can still get great results from the old vipar spectars and T5s!!!
Don't know how you can keep up with what one is best there are so many different ones. And so many new ones coming out. If you got one your happy with that's the best one for you. Then there's the best one and then theres best bang for the $. Which is probably the category I ride in. Once I bought one and was happy with it I just quit trying to keep up with them. I know most likely mine is not definitely not the best but @ the time of purchase I felt like it was the best bang for the $. And they are so sneaky with their stats. You got to know what to look for. They are almost like computers after a year they are out of date as far as the industry is concerned.