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    Re: Stevehman's LED buyer's guide

    Thanks to both of you.
    Bassman although those lights are appealing, I'm tring to see what I can do with under 1000 watts. I'm all for advances in technology and would love to see how 800 watts of LED, compares to the 1500 watts of bulb, ballast and ventilation of an HID setup.

    I'm sure I will still need to run my AC because of course LEDs still produce heat, I'm just hoping its very little :p
    Btw I was running CGE in my HID days

    EDIT** and I'll be tuned in over the next few days ratattooey!

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    hey ledbudz, we had a huge problem with FedEx. They were scheduled to deliver the lights to my office on Saturday. We opened at 9am and were there until 4. At 4 the lights still hadn't arrived. I called, and the driver did not deliver them because there was no one to accept the package at 10:45 when he came by. Well.. that's a big fat lie. Obviously the driver is a lazy a$$, no good, worthless sumuvabeetch. And.. the FedEx hub closed at 4 on Saturday, and... they were not open on Mondays (what?? ) apparently FedEx home isn't open on Monday's or some bs.

    So.. long story longer... The lights will get here today, and I really need to get them up and get my plants under them. But I should be able to get you some pics tonight as well. .. I'm charging up the batteries right now.
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    finally got the lights up last night. These pics were taken with the lights at 20" above the top of the pots. there is a slight drop off of light at the corners. At 24" the coverage was a lot better, with no "holes" or weak spots on the edges/corners. They are just up temporarily for now, but it does get the idea across. These two seem perfect for a 4x4 area.

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    Looks great Rat. I think I would actually move both slightly more towards center. It looks to me like you are getting less 3rd off effect than you could and wasting a small amount outside the area of the tray.

    Edit: if you look at the center "box" of planters, looke at rows 1 & 5 and how bright they are. Then look at center row (which appears to be slightly off center of tray). I would move both lites towards center until rows 2 & 4 were as bright as 1 & 5 are now. I think this gives best intensity and 3rd off effect w/o wasting outer light range in non growing area.
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    Thanks Bassman59. I was in a huge hurry last night to just get them up. Had some other issues to deal with. I'm going to have to raise them up a little, and also move them around. You are correct the middle was not quite getting the coverage we wanted, so we moved the plants around for now and left a hole in the middle. Also.. it's hard to see in the photo probably, but in order to keep the lights from swinging, I sort of wired them together in a mcgyver kinda way. In doing so, the lights are actually not level, but instead are angled just a bit, throwing the 1/3 off effect "off".

    I think that on Thursday night I will be able to re-hang them correctly, get everything situated better, and I'll get some more (and better) photos for ledbudz, and everyone else interested.
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    Re: Stevehman's LED buyer's guide

    Quote Originally Posted by ratatattooey View Post
    finally got the lights up last night. These pics were taken with the lights at 20" above the top of the pots. there is a slight drop off of light at the corners.
    A slight drop-off - or one that is noticeable to your eyes? Often, our perception of light/illumination is such that by the time we notice that there is a little less of it, it can be a fairly significant amount.

    Or were you testing with some kind of light meter (in which case, disregard the above, lol)?
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    Hey TS. Well, I was using a pair of those extremely high-tech homo sapien ocular devices equipped with the Rod & Cone cells in the retina to allow conscious light perception and vision including color differentiation and......

    oh.. wait.. I mean, yeah.. just my macular degenerative eyeballs!

    BTW-- please understand that English is my second language. Sarcasm is my first!!
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    looking good rat, I understand you were in a rush, just wondering if you believe the "core coverage" is really 4x2.5 or more like 4x2? my space is 5 x 4 so the difference is big to me :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratatattooey View Post
    but in order to keep the lights from swinging, I sort of wired them together in a mcgyver kinda way.
    swinging?? Are you growing on a boat or in a wind tunnel?
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    swinging?? Are you growing on a boat or in a wind tunnel?
    Well, there is usually a slight breeze of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 40. lol

    No, mostly because of the way I hung them. 4 corners, up to a single point.. they like to twist & spin. slowly... but it's annoying.

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    Nice thread so far SteveH- hope you don't mind me lurking around checking it out as it unwinds. Good luck on the grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroastro View Post
    Nice thread so far SteveH- hope you don't mind me lurking around checking it out as it unwinds. Good luck on the grow.

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    I currently have a 100w Diamond Series and a few CFLs covering my 3x3 space. I plan to get a 200w here soon.

    Will that cover my area well?

    I live these lights so much. My one auto is starting to fill out very nice.and getting covered in crystals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchConnor View Post
    I currently have a 100w Diamond Series and a few CFLs covering my 3x3 space. I plan to get a 200w here soon.

    Will that cover my area well?

    I live these lights so much. My one auto is starting to fill out very nice.and getting covered in crystals.
    For 1 plant you're probably ok. I use Grow Stealth (a site sponsor) so I can't speak from experience with advanced. But looking at their site and based on what I do know, I would say you'll need to add that 200w if you add more plants to your 3x3 space. Imho, we dont want to push to the precise coverage area given by a led manufacturer. Instead, we want to have a little wiggle room to make sure we have coverage and in fact hopefully get some reflection off the walls of our grow tent/area down below.
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    Well I have 2 more that popped out today.

    I was thinking I can get that 200w in the next 2 weeks when I get paid. They should be almost ready to flower by then and thats even if they both are ladies.

    I want to have about 6 autos at all times once I get more seeds. 300w LED should be good since they will be at different stages

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