I haven’t done anything with them, so I can’t comment much. The number one thing is that you’re happy with them, regardless of cost.
I do have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind… Are those 50 watts of led power, or 50 watts at the wall? Or, do you have a way of testing? I’m not being condescending, I’m wondering about the efficiency of on board driver. When I size a meanwell driver to any cob, we’ll say a cree, I multiply fv of cob by output of driver in ma. So we’ll say I come up with 50 watts. That would be at the cob. Most of the hlg drivers are about 93% efficient when loaded properly, so wall draw there would be about 53.5 watts. You picking up what I’m putting down? If you’re not sure, or can’t test, don’t worry about it. It’s just a thought that I have… in the components being that small, that it’s possibly not very efficient.
Another thing, which you’ve already touched on, would be par levels. The good thing about most of the name brand cobs is that the led nerds are out there testing them for us. So we know exactly what we’re getting for our money. Any time you come across a less expensive option, you’re always forced to determine whether it’s a good value or not. Hard to do that without the test data.
Probably bigger than test data, is seeing them in a real world scenario. We get to do that now on your expense, so thanks lol! I’ll try to follow along and track your progress. For the price, they certainly have room to forgo a little performance and still be a really good option.
Also, you said you plan on building a veg light. Are there options that provide more blue light, and is that the direction you plan on going? I would be a little nervous vegging under that “pink” light spectrum personally. It may work fine, but perhaps a small trial run would be in order prior to jumping in. Obviously, disregard if you’ve already considered that and have it covered.
Thanks for sharing, and keep us posted!