What’s everyone’s thoughts on supplemental side or under canopy lighting in a SOG set up?
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My thought is that a SOG canopy should be uniform and a single “cola height” layer with numerous small fixtures to create a very evenly lit grid. With current LED options, this is almost inexcusable not to have. In the situation I’m describing, side and under lights are unnecessary; at least I cannot think of a reason to use them.
To add to that, with excellent top lighting, you won’t need side lighting. The lights from above have enough intensity to reach into the canopy below.
This was kind of a what if question I guess. With that sort of put to bed would a Vipar Spectra P4000 in a 5ftx5ft get me where I need to be?
I’d say absolutely not. That light advertises that it covers 4’x4’ during flower, and I don’t entirely trust their claims.
If you decide to stick with that brand, I suggest that you get multiple small fixtures instead of a single larger one. Spreading out the origin points over the canopy will give you a more even coverage than a single point of light (or a single board of many small LEDs).
Hlg makes a solid light for a 4x4. I have the rapid led kit in my 4x4.