Hi all - I’m a novice grower. My grow space is a closet, 24" deep, 64" wide, 96" tall. I’m waiting on my somango xxl seeds. It’s supposed to be a compact plant, I am planning to use 3 gallon fabric pots, plan to start in rock wool before moving to FF Ocean Forest soil. I intend to start with 2 plants. For light, I’m thinking I’ll use a 600w full spectrum LED over both, then use 2 more of them, vertically between them in the 24" depth, then 2 1000 watt full spectrum LED lights vertically at the ends of the closet. These have both Veg and Bloom switches, are dimmable, and I have the option to move them closer to the plants if need be… Does light from the sides have any benefits?
Do you already have all these lights?
I already have the 3 600w LED lights, the 2 1000w are in route.
I also have the rock wool, but I’m open to getting regular germination cubes.
What model are the lights? When I read what you wrote, I can’t help but think they are blurples. Not really the best lights.
If you haven’t opened the packages yet, don’t until you get more information about them. Usually the words “full spectrum LED” raise a flag that screams, “Amazon blurple.” A blurple is called that because of the blue-purple light it gives off. These lights do well during the vegetative stage, but not so well in the flowering stage.
Look at the packaging or the website you got them from and check to see what the true wattage is. You may find that the “600W” is a 100 watt light and the “1000W” is a 200 watt light.
I hope that’s not the case, but I suspect that is what you will find.
For your space, an HLG (Horticulture Lighting Group) 260XL should do well. It’s optimal for a 2’x4’ space.
@TommyBahama maybe not even that much!
I have 3 blurples, 2 “600” watt and 1”1000” watt.
Actual watts used are 100 and 60. Tested at the wall.
Return them all if you can.
You’ll run into all kinds of problems with them.
I forgot all about your actual question. Side lighting can have some benefit, but it’s really not worth the cost, space consumption or trouble. Just line the walls of your closet with reflective mylar.
The 600w are Higrow ( yes from Amazon), years old, so no return
The 1000w are Viparspectra (also from Amazon)
I used the 600w on a previous grow ( 1 White Widow, 1 AK47) and only yielded 1/2 oz between the 2.
I figured asking in a forum like this might help minimize my noob mistakes.
And how rude of me… welcome to the community.
There’s a ton of information on this forum. And you’ll find that many of us are more than willing to help.
That’s the problem with Amazon lights. Yield. If you would have had the light @TommyBahama mentioned, you could have had 5 or 6 ounces.
Plus those lights will heat up your closet pretty good. Do you have good ventilation?
I’m near the end of my first grow and I’m really happy with it. I attribute it’s success to this forum and all I’ve learned.
There’s a YouTube channel Migro
The guy is a light manufacturer but he objectively test many lights.
Check it out. You’ll learn a lot about lighting.
And as for your blurples, many of us were misled into buying one.
OK, was able to cancel the 2 1000w. The description does say that it will replace a HPS/MH 400w light, actually draws 230 watts.
That info was a plus, thank you.
Ventilation is not good, but the attic has an access hatch at the top of the closet, I could probably mount an exhaust fan in it. As far as input, it would only be the space below the door, 1/2" x 26 inches. I suppose I could leave the door slightly open if needed.
I checked out migro on YouTube, he actually reviewed the same Viparspectra lights I had originally ordered, and seemed to rate it fairly well/ I’m going to take a day to think before I order any more lights, and maybe even re-order the Viparspectra.
What’s your budget?
Viparspectra has been the gutter of grow lights for a while now. I’d wait on buying that. I have a really hard time recommending one. There’s other stuff out there. Mars Hydro TS series is ok.
@dbrn32 is the guru on lighting.
What do you think? Can you recommend the new viparspectra?
i grow in the same size closet, i use hlg 320W XL QB V2 R spec LED Kit and love it and it is all the light you will need, it can be had from hlg for 436.00 using coupon code DUDE. i have a inline exhaust fan that i ducted into the attic and a piece of round duct on the intake that hangs down nearer the plant canopy height, the crack under my drive maybe a little more then yours but not much, i have 2 small fans in it blowing air over the top of the plants and under the bottom
are your seeds auto or photo, i would look up @Hellraiser gorilla grow and other things on here and follow how he starts his seeds, that method has worked the best for me by far, and also read how he waters a plant, he is spot on about that, also alot of other good info in there