Hey, thank you so much for responding. I very much appreciate it!
So yes… I’m definitely a gambling woman, on a budget.
I’m realizing here that the lights are the one thing not to scrimp on, if anything, but I’m also absolutely about saving some money. I’m willing to spend a grand or so on a light, if that’s what’s needed, and perhaps upgrade my space with an additional one, for veg & seedlings, in a little while, when that’s needed. (If that’s what I need to do.)
So I took your advice, and have been researching. A lot. Over the last few months I’ve read everything I can seem to find, including your writings on the ILGM site.
When asking a question like this on a FB group, though, it seems like I’ll get a thousand different answers from a hundred different people… sooooo… I’ve landed here now, instead.
I watched a great video last night, from a place called LED Grow Lights Depot, I believe it was, where they reviewed their choices for the best seven LED lights. (That said, the video was from July 2020, and I can see that things change in the market fairly quickly. So I’m not sure how outdated that is, by now.) They also had a great article on there about what the differences (actually) are in all of the energy output descriptions. Good stuff to know and learn.
Here is what they offered, as far as LED reviews went:
Crecer Lighting Panther X II
Enlite Series 780W
Scynce LED Raging Kush
Gavita Pro 1700e Gen 2
ChilLED Tech Growcraft X6
Grower’s Choice ROI-E 720
HLG 650 R
Most of these are kind of “up there” in price range, as well… but they all look nice to my eyes, except for maybe the HLG one. (I am leaning toward a bar-style, I think.)
As far as knockoffs, I’m not sure I’d really even know where to begin. I see so many things that LOOK like these lights, but if I’m investing this much time, money and effort into all of this, I certainly don’t want to settle on something half-a**ed. (Lol.)
My thoughts are this…
Start with one, really nice light, and try out others as I go.
And wow… yeah… there is so much out there to learn.
I’ve even looked at other lights… the HID and such… that come with grow “packages,” and they look good, too… a bit less expensive, but at the cost of replacing bulbs (right?) and a big chunk of my electric bill.
Do you mind of I ask what you use, or what your experiences are? I’ve been curious.
Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to the journey.
This is the best group.