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August 13, 2019 7:40 am  

If you use LEDs, it would be really great to hear how they've been working for you. Amazon reviews are great but, it would be awesome to hear about/see some successes/failures from people here on the site. Anything from California LightWorks, MIGRO, MarsHydro, HLG, FusionPRO, Unit Farm, etc.

What make/model are you currently working with?

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August 13, 2019 9:27 am  

I have a Mars Hydro epistar forget the exact name, it decent, but only really use it in my veg tent for small plant, i only flower under HID, like HPS and CMH/CMD lighting. 

LED is good nowadays, but I think quantum boards are the future of lighting. Those are the light we all need to be aiming for. Invisible sun are the best I've heard of so far. They make awesome lights, but many people are now building their own to reduce the costs. 

Most LED companies will claim a certain wattage, but its always best to check the actual draw from the wall, as most of them exaggerate how much light the plants actually get. 

HPS for the win lol. Unless you can afford QBs 

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August 13, 2019 10:28 am  

That the freebie you got from that marshyrdo competition? 

Assume you already reached out to them again, regarding percy

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August 13, 2019 10:32 am  
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That the freebie you got from that marshyrdo competition? 

Assume you already reached out to them again, regarding percy

Mate, they are not too discreet with packaging, there was an incident at the old place, where they put a members tracking number for their package like in the public forum! If anyone searched it, the would have had his address. 

They're a great company that make good lights..... but I won't take risks like that here. 

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August 17, 2019 8:00 pm  

I'm running 4 viparspectra 300w lights @ 24" in my veg tent pulling 552w at the wall. Was using only 2 but now that i re-potted them i need more area covered. They seem to be doing a decent job.

In the flower tent I have a marshydro TS1000 @ 18" on 1 plant, it seems to like it so I ordered 2 more,I also have a mars 600w and 2 mars 300w in there also.

I will move the 2 mars 300w lights to the veg tent as soon as my next 6 seedlings sprout and add the 2 new TS1000 lights to the flower tent, I have 3 Castanoo (claims to be) 1000w lights that emit a lot of red i may add them in flower also to see if they are good for anything.

we shall see how they all perform.  my diary is 6 little seedlings

 


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September 10, 2019 7:42 am  

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I am VERY interested to hear how those TS1000s do... I am looking at a couple of them for my 4x4 to run in the summer when the heat is a mafk. Just gotta get some $$. The guy who runs/builds the beastly MIGRO LEDs out of Ireland did a review on the TS1000 and he was quite impressed with it.

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September 10, 2019 8:15 am  

So I have run a few models:

My first lights were some no name '1000W replacement' made in Shenzhen, China. They were decent quality, and definitely worked to grow some pretty dank Blue Dynamite. I was actually super impressed with how they managed for as not powerful as they are. They only pull 80W each! I use them now as supplemental lights in my 4x4 next to my HID. Or wherever I need some extra crazy blurple light. 

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I came into some MarsHydro gear relatively recently, due to some very unfortunate circumstances. I have the Mars II 900, Mars II 1600, and a Mars Reflector 144. I have used the 1600 for a mostly experimental grow (2 of my mystery autos, plus another random photoperiod) so I can't speak directly to it's efficacy in regards to a full grow, but, it grew me a couple of ridiculous plants. Really compact, dense buds. The 1600 is a heavy mofo though, at something like 16kg. The 900 is a bit lighter, and the Reflector weighs basically nothing comparatively. The 1600 has a draw of about 630W, which isn't any better than a traditional 600W HID, and get pretty damn warm as well. Heat was an issue on the warmer days. I measured the light with a basic LUX meter and found that at the same height, my HID gave off 1.5-2x more light at the various spots around the tent. That said, LEDs can be a lot closer to the canopy than HIDs so, that would possibly even out the discrepancy. You do lose coverage area though. I haven't used the 900 yet, but I suspect it would perform similarly to the 1600, just with a smaller coverage area. I haven't used the Reflector 144 for cannabis yet, but it grew some ridiculously amazing Philippine Labuyo Hot Peppers. Its draw, with both veg and bloom on, is about 430W. I did actually have a couple Blue Moonshines vegging under it before I moved them to the large tent to flower, and wow were they compact. Average internodal distance was about 4x less, compared with the HID (about 1cm under the LED and about 4cm under the HID).

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September 10, 2019 9:34 am  

I've only ever vegged under LED. Always HID lighting for flower, 315w CMH or 600w of HPS. Need some QBs man, they seem to do an epic job for the whole grow. And some of them have the IR and UV built into them too now. 

Ten years from now, grow lights are gonna be epic, and much cheaper.... hopefully 

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September 10, 2019 10:15 am  

I think ur righ macky quantum boards seem to do the best as to what I've seen n the same diodes r used in alot of lights but I do think theres a place for all lights it's just the tech atm is not known enough about by ur average Joe especially... invisible sun av some lovely examples too .. I'm a hps user too but use a meizhi 600w led for the first 10 to 14 days aswell n it does really well only 270w from the wall but does its job well ... good luck all 


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September 10, 2019 12:27 pm  

@dr-funk

Invisible sun smash it, great company with amazing lights, their new model is an absolute beast! 

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September 10, 2019 5:08 pm  

@templegrower

I am very happy with this light temps are down some. And the plants seem to like it


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September 11, 2019 9:17 am  

Yeah a guy I no really well just changed all his big room into the 550w models I think ..there defo invisible sun brand n do a cracking job really chuffed from his results so far that hes been getting using much less power n pulling larger yeilds man gotta be onto a winner there guys eh 


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September 11, 2019 9:19 am  

@dr-funk

Just the initial setup cost is steep...... I wonder if we can get a discount from Invisible Sun, they are friends of our.... hmmm ill have a word 🙂 

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September 11, 2019 10:19 am  

N I bet theres plenty of folk now making this change mate .. like u say setup costs can be steep man eh n I think it's what puts alot of people off ..if I had cash I'd defo make the change over sooner rather than later but my time will come in the near future bro hopefully 😜🚭


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September 11, 2019 10:34 am  

Samemate, if I had the doe for the initial set up, it would be done, even if I lost a bit of yield. They pay for themselves in reduction in energy bills. Just that initial costs stings lol

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September 11, 2019 3:20 pm  

Had anyone heard of the tonic Z2 LED? It's only 99 bucks and uses next to no electricity....saw it in a grow magazine under best new equipment....apparently it's cheap but has good light output. Not really entirely sure what to look for but maybe someone here with more knowledge could take a look at it and give their 2 cents?


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September 18, 2019 2:43 am  
  • I'm a guess that nobody has heard of this light yet....lol

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September 18, 2019 6:38 pm  

Four electric sky 300v2 😊

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September 18, 2019 6:50 pm  

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Specs look good but then again, they always do from sellers...I usually find, if its cheap, theres a good reason. Can't find a review anywhere but Leafly has a good description here https://www.leafly.com/products/details/ledtonic-ledtonic-z2 and the developers are growers so for the price, I would say yeah, try one...only for small grow though.

I have seen sooo many 'best takeaway in xxxx' signs, its ridiculous 🙂


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September 18, 2019 6:55 pm  

I've only ever grown under leds in this run of growing (last 5 years).

My original light was one o made myself as I used to keep marine fish and corals so needed the correct Kelvin etc.

I'm not sure on the wattage etc at the minute as I'm out of the country but I'll try to add it when I'm back. It only uses 3w warm white leds at between 2700  - 3200k.

With that I've had some cracking results (best was auto ultimate 6oz off 1 plant).

Technology has moved on a lot since I made that 10yrs ago though.

I've since added 2 Mars hydro 300w which I upgraded to run cobs and also have a qb from invisible sun (have to add their customer service was brilliant,  the guy phoned me when there was a delay in posting, only by a day or so).

 


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September 18, 2019 7:00 pm  

Imo you all should just build your own 🙂

I've built a few so far from expensive top of the range ones like this.

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And some cheap ones like I'm currently using 

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Have to say I haven't tried QB's yet but I do love my cobs. 

 


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September 18, 2019 7:01 pm  
Posted by: @jonny-mo

qb from invisible sun

yer man good company Invisible sun are! They make great lights. Pricey though, but I want one so bad lol

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September 18, 2019 8:36 pm  

@ivean420

I agree mate, diy all the way. You dont even need to solder anymore with companies offering them with connectors now too.

Can save money but best of all tailor it to your grow space.

Although looking at how neat yours is makes me laugh even more at my frankenlight 


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September 18, 2019 8:36 pm  

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You should have a look into diying one mate, it's easy enough to do and saves money


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September 18, 2019 8:57 pm  

I have the 1000w version of this guy. Actual draw is something like 240w I read. 225 canadian and has two IR bulbs. Not to hot and hot to loud. Did good for my first run, see how we do with the photos. Would love to get a flower light but heat and money are in issue there 

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07MZ1QHKC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_nSOGDb4V5G61 Q" target="true">Phlizon CREE COB Series 2000W LED Plant Grow Light Full Spectrum Indoor Plants Light Growing Veg Flower CREE COB Grow Light with Monitor Adjustable Rope -2000W (Actual Power 450watt) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07MZ1QHKC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_nSOGDb4V5G61Q

 


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