Calling @dbrn32 Lol!
I’ve decided to build a setup for indoor growing this winter. I had planned to just stay an outside grower but, as usual, plans have changed. Lol! So, now I’m faced with finding or building a light. I think I’d like to build one. I’m pretty handy but electronics are a weak spot in my repertoire. I just don’t have much experience at it. I’d like to build a really good LED to save on electricity and so I know how it works and how to repair it if/when it breaks. I’d like a light that will take me all the way through flower and have the capacity to produce dense nugs, if I do my part. I’m still debating whether to get a 5x5 tent or just a 4x4 but I’ll probably go with the larger one. I’d like to build it as affordably as possible but I’m willing to go up to around $1k (complete) if I HAVE to. Can I build a light that’ll work in a 5x5 tent but that would physically fit and work inside a 4x4 tent? It’s possible that, down the road, I could add a second tent and I’d like to know that this light would work in either size. Or, is that a bad idea?
I don’t know enough about the effective difference between COBs, quantum boards and strips so I don’t have a preference. I’ll lean on y’all’s advice on which to pick. I’d like to stay shy of that point of diminishing returns. This is too costly a venture for me to blow $$ unnecessarily chasing an additional few percentage points of output or efficiency. I want a “great” light, not the ultimate one!
I will need a “Grow light for Dummies” instruction to get this done so I’m going to apologize, up front, for my ignorance; and thank everyone in advance for any help/advice they give!
So, how do I get started?