Ok everyone; it’s time to start the journal for Grow 4.0. If you followed my last grow you saw a 20+ oz harvest from my 2x6 grow space. In that grow I was using two 300w LEDs from a former sponsor (won’t mention name) with an Advanced 180 in the middle of them. I really thought the Advanced would be the “stop-gap” between the two larger “more powerful” LEDs. What really surprised me, and everyone who followed that grow, was that the little Advanced 180 outperformed the two larger lights—by a lot.
I started the last grow thinking that the bigger lights would be better. I guess what I learned is that “better is better”. The first thing I noticed was the difference in the color of the light output from the two different companies. That must mean different spectrum and intensity, the Advanced was much more “pink” than the other brand.
In my ongoing attempt to find the best setup for a hobbyist grower, getting every possible gram per sq ft out of my space I have decided to see what works best now. I can say with some confidence that “in my opinion” the Advanced LED is a better light based on the performance of the 180 vs the other guy’s 300s. So, how will Advanced compete against themselves? I just received my new 360 watt light today and I will pit it against its smaller brother in a head-to-head battle for the small grow space.
So here’s what we have.
• Two Advance LEDs, their 360 vs. their 180.
• A 2x6 foot print divided in half, separated by a reflective curtain to prevent spill over of light
• 3 strains (Pineapple Chunk, Twilight and Gigabud) all from the same moms, all topped/fimmed the same way.
• An Aeroflo 20 NFT system
• The same nutrients regimen as grow 3.0. I won’t mess around with the nutrients until next grow—one thing at a time. I know what to expect from Cutting Edge Solutions and will continue with them for this grow.
So, what am I hoping to find out from this grow? I know that Advanced has a great light, but which of their lights is best for the small space grower? If we see a similar gram per sq ft at the end of the grow, then we will know that the 180 is the best bet for a small space like this, if the 300 just walks away with the competition then we’ll know that is the best light. Either way I think you win with the Advanced LEDs. I think the last grow pretty much proved that.
I know that this sounds like an advertisement for Advanced, it’s not meant to be. If they don’t deliver then you will have the unbiased opinion and results of the grow. From my personal experience though, dealing with a few vendors, Advanced has very good customer support, a dedicated sales staff and their own R&D team. I’ve done my homework on a few companies and have found these guys to be the best to deal with. I won’t bash anyone else, I haven’t talked to every LED company so I can’t speak to their strengths and weaknesses, I am sure there are some great companies out there, but for me I am going to continue to use the Advanced lights.
And most importantly, they are a sponsor on this site. In order to keep this community growing, we need to keep the sponsors onboard. I am a huge proponent of supporting those who support us.