So this is the direction im going…im going to hold off on building a light til feb or march, and ill use my tax return for that…i know how i get, and i end up spending double what i estimate bc my bipolar shows itself anytime i get into anything like that, and i end up going crazy. Its pretty much what happened this time…started off planting an outdoor garden, which i hadnt done in awhile, and now in addition to that, i have 35 3 month old bonsai, some cacti, succulents, and carnivorous plants, all from seed, and that led me to MJ.
In the meantime, im going to buy 1 viparspectra xs1500, which has the higher tier leds and driver. I figure ill deconstruct one of these lights to start off my build next year, probably by either improving on its design, or just using the frame, and starting from scratch. Might even be better to do that with my blurple, since i can probably get the most out of upgrading those LEDs.
I was going to go with the bestva and get the 2 100 watts, but i decided id rather go with the 150 watt and figure out the heating situation. I have a feeling either one of the lights is going to jack up my heating, so id rather adjust my atmosphere for 1 light, and i can always add one later, and this way i have the higher wattage light.
I think all the advice everyone gave is great, but i suspect that with a high level super cropping technique, one can get the most out of every watt their light produces, and thats where i aim to be. I dont feel like ive gotten all the effeciency out of the light i currently have, and now ill have about 500-550 watts total. Additionally, i feel theres more room to grow with the aero/hydro setup ive built & nutes, as well. Getting a bigger light wont necessarily make me a better grower, and thats what im after here…to learn how to push this MJ DNA to its limits. Ive got a lot more learning to do…
Thanks for the great conversation on this topic.