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You thinkin bout gettin some Quantum Boards (QB's), maybe picking up a kit to build it yourself? I was unsure, but decided I could figure it out, and I ordered a 260 watt QB kit with the corresponding driver. I carefully opened my lights and found the pictures with the instructions easy to use and figure out. With the directions I got there were color pictures. When I decided on my assembly pattern I went and bought a couple of Aluminium Channel rails for mounting the the lights. I used the heat sinks as templates and drilled holes through the rails.
I mentioned those great instructions, well there are two different wiring diagrams you can choose from, but I believe in either configuration you are 'wiring them in series.' I looked at the pictures and connected the wires exactly the way it showed, I plugged them in and BAM! HOLY SHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I removed all the lights and cords from the tent and moved over to hang the QB's. There is little to no weight to the light itself but the driver has some weight. I mounted the driver onto a 2x4 outside the tent right next to the roof portal where cool air exhausts. All the heat from this light is in the driver. I would also suggest buying a longer pigtail for the the wire to the light. The included cord for the socket is 5-6 feet long but the pig tail out of the driver to the lights is only a foot or so. That means you gotta put the driver in the tent. I wasn't sure about mounting it to the 2x4 cause of the heat but it's not a problem. I checked the wood several times before bed last night and no issues. The block is barely warm and the air from the tent helps to cool it.
I did not have temp issues before and had very low humidity. My temps would stay at 80 and my humidity would drop to 20's and teens. Now I have 74 or so degrees and 52 percent humidity. I may need to acquire another fan to help with air circulation, but the plants are loving the new light in the first 12 hours under it. All four of the larger plants were outside yesterday so I'm waiting on my final decision about the light and/ or if I'll be adding any of the other lights into the mix with the QB. I don't think they'll be necessary but they may be good heaters...
If you have just a little know how and are not scared to match colored wires to each other then you can do this kit. Amazingly easy!
Below are some pictures, I'll include a few of the lighting I had before I made the move from 1260 Blurple to 5000k QB's.
You can see where I just used a couple of solid core 12 gauge wires and yellow connectors to connect to the Pigtail from the MeanWell Driver, Blue to Black, Brown to Red. Also the green carabiner is for balance.
Old Lights, parcel box, 6" ducting, waste pitcher, H2O2 & H2O, & a Canon...
The MeanWell HLG 240H-C2100A with Dimmer and my Oakley Romeo ~ X Metal. I would recommend mounting the driver this way it's gets pretty warm. That being said, I could keep my hand for at least 2 minutes no problem.
The connectors were included in the kit too. Took me a minute to figure it out, I've never seen these kids before. Just lift up. No, no. All the way up.
I mentioned following the pictures as wiring diagrams...? That's what I did but it doesn't look like it!
More carabiners to balance.
Here's a picture of what it looked like before. BTW this is a Train Wreck Auto from Crop King Seeds. Amazing plant.
Now the After picture. Both pictures are cropped only no other processing. This is a Kush Auto from Seedsman, First Hairs on February 23, 2019.
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