Here’s my two cents given that I am one who bought too many cheap LED’s before finding this site, the knowledge of @dbrn32 and many others, and I quickly became envious of those with much more state of the art lighting systems.
But here’s the rub for me, I started out to grow buds for my bucket. To have stock and supply the same way I would for household necessities.
My very first scrog of two plants yielded, if I recall correctly, roughly 9 ounces of dry bud. The buds were dense and tight and well formed and plentiful. So in my general opinion, my cheap LED’s accomplished what I set out expecting them to do.
In all honesty, had I harvested 2-4 ounces vs the 9 I would already have an upgraded light. Can I produce 10-20% more with $1000+ dollar rigs? Perhaps. Will by resin development be more consistent, heavier and result in stronger meds? Perhaps. Not to sound contrite but the weed is plenty potent and if two plants resulted in 12-14 ounces with improved lights, is that something I need to do.
I realize there are a number of other important factors to consider such as electricity use, cost per gram etc but my goal was to put buds in my bucket, enough to last until the next harvest. Accomplished. LED investment $240.00 plus electricity.
I am just starting out so my goals were simple, basic. Down the road I can see myself going for more efficient, more economical, better results but my entire grow set up including two carbon filter set ups, dehumidifier humidifier autopot system and nutes and extraneous items cost me about $1200 and that included my LED’s. For me (and I suspect some others) it’s like going to the hardware store and drewling over all the power tools when you can’t justify the expense and you have tools that accomplish the same means.
Just me, and I appreciated and will again appreciate the guidance and assistance provided to me by dbrn32 and others with awesome knowledge and experience. Thanks very much.