Hi folks! I’ve begun my journey and have a few crucial questions about lighting. I see a few people have used some less expensive lights with good success. I see others have success with very expensive lights. Some of the ones I want to know about are the California Lightworks Solarsystem 550, HLG 550 V2 Eco, and on the opposite end of list is Viparspectra V600. I’ve got a 3x3 tent that I’m hoping to grow 4 plants in.
Obviously not apples to apples but that’s not my question. I watched the video on California Lightworks’ website for this light and noticed a comment that I’m interested in finding out more about. He said the light should not be used at full power and should be mounted around 4 feet above the canopy. My grow area won’t allow more than 30” above the canopy for the light to be mounted. And if I’m never using it at full power then why not go with a less expensive unit?
I understand the Viparspectra V600 is a less expensive unit that’s mass produced and doesn’t have the controller that the CL unit has. But it’s 260watts at the wall which is roughly 2/3 of the CL unit. Even 2 V600s would be good no?
The HLG 550 V2 Eco is less expensive but doesn’t have the controller. It also doesn’t seem to have different blue/red settings. But it looks like it’s got great light penetration.
I’m leaning towards 2 of the V600s for my tent but don’t want to be penny wise and pound foolish.
Any help is greatly appreciated!