I started off this adventure with an idea and a dream. The idea quickly realized itself and then the dream came up behind me and kicked me in the butt. No matter how many reviews you read, the light has to be seen in order to be believed. Started off with a Giixer 400w LED ($69.00) figuring for my confined growing space and limited knowledge. The light is good for one plant at most if it's compact. At best it was performing like a grow light half as strong. Then I bought a Bloom Plus 1000W LED ($78.00) Very different to the first light I bought. Plants seemed to like it and I thought I found the solution. Again, it's a great LED and it works, but not as advertised. It was about equal to a 450-600w light of the same quality. THEN I bought a Carambola (a.k.a. Apelila) 1000F for $65.00) Best light and price yet. Was noticeably brighter than the Giixer and had a stronger RED hue than the BloomPlus. The specs were closer to as advertised, but wasn't the BANG for my buck I was looking for. Don't get me wrong, what I had going was working, just not as well as I had hoped. I don't want to worry about nutrients, soil health, plant needs and THEN have to worry about adjusting all three lights to even out the growth in my little area. Too much shuffling around at the end of the day (moving different plants into new areas to spread the light even) OR too many changes before the lights go off to make sure when they come back on the plants can take full advantage of their new position in the tent. Enough was ENOUGH! No more spending money on crap that "just" works. This A.M. I pulled the trigger on a California Light Works Solar Extreme 250 for my 27X27X63 Mars tent. Already have the Infinity Cloudline S6 exhaust fan, Vivosun 18 X 6 carbon filter, double insulated flex line to exterior roof vent, blah blah blah blah... No more Fudging around with crap. Buy the good stuff the FIRST time. I spent enough time buying and setting up the correct items, why the hell was I skimping on the lights? I have 3 lights, all mediocre and lacking that UMPH my little green friends need. So in the not so distant future, I'll have the ONLY light I'll need for the rest of this tents life. No one here wants to repeat what I've done because you'll just end up feeling as foolish as I do. Do yourself a favor, do your plants a favor, do your bank account a favor, do the planet a favor and buy the correct items you need from the start. Eliminate the extra crap we all accumulate and just buy the GOOD grow lights at the start.
This is just a boring Saturday rant about my stupid mistakes and wasted money. If anyone can get a good lesson out of this, the lesson would read “Don’t be like the thread originator and be smarter, better, wiser”. Or just go buy the correct damn lights!!!
Thanks for the read and I hope it helps in even the smallest way.
Have an AWESOME weekend folks.