@Burle what’s your budget for lights and I’ll try to steer you in right direction. And is heat a problem?
@HornHead I would top out around $150 and need to be cautious about heat. Currently my grow room is around 70degF and not ventilated other than the bedroom door that I leave open during ‘daylight’ hours.
I see there are a ton of LED solutions on Amazon starting at around 1/2 my budget - not sure which are good (or not). I read this review that was linked to from the ILGM LED guide article I mentioned above. Was leaning toward the ViparSpectra Reflector V600, but still I am not clear whether it is going to be worthwhile at this point in my current grow. Thoughts?
Yes, it will be worthwhile. Viparspectra are heavy on blue -good for vegg not so good for flowering. Although there is a guy on here that’s had good luck with them. I use roleadro myself. I would recommend getting two 300w lights over one 600w. That way you have a bigger footprint
I have never used this light but have a few different roleadro lights and are all good. You could get 3 of these
Sorry, I just really looked at those lights. Don’t get them.
@Burle how do you feel about diy lights? If you have a small amount of handy-ness you might get @dbrn32 to give you some help building a light that’s far more efficient than anything you can buy on amazon for $150.
I agree, the reason your plant looks like that is due to poor light intensity. Have to give it to feit though, super cool of them to give ppf and efficacy.
Putting a better light in now should make a pretty big difference. If you buy the right one, will probably be the best investment you make. $150 isn’t s lot to work with, probably why diy was recommended. If that’s not an option, go buy yourself an hlg-100. They’re sometimes available on amazon, otherwise check out growerslights
@dbrn32 Thank for the suggestion, as it happens I am not too bad with a screwdriver and soldering iron. Do you know of any DiY plans to recommend?
How mild or wild do you wanna get? You can do strips without either of those tools lol for around a $1 a watt.
@Drinkslinger, good suggestion, it had crossed my mind to build my own but I’m racing with the clock, so what would be a good, middle of the road purchased solution to buy?
I guess the first question is what would I need to spend on an off the shelf LED lighting array in order to bring my grow environment up to spec. I am concerned that I will not be able to find plans, locate materials and build my own in time.
What should I look for in an off the shelf system in the way of performance? Are any of the ones in the review link I posted worthwhile? https://ledgrowlights101.com/#comment-153
@dbrn32 Do you have a prototype that you have built? Any pics to share?
Here’s a good thread. You could build one like that, or slightly larger, I’m sure dbrn32 can help with specifics. DIY with bridgelux eb strips
Depends on how big you want your plants, how much space you want to light up, and what you want to spend.
Hello all, I wanted to thank everyone for their help and to update you on my progress. I made one major change to my grow environment which was to upgrade my lighting system. I decided to go with a Phantom CMh 3150 light which puts out about 5x what I was getting with my little LED system. I’ll probably experiment with LEDs again the future.
The stripes in the picture probably have to do with the ballast switching my light on and off at about 7x the shutter speed of the camera. Anyway, the plant is progressing nicely, although I’m not convinced that the month that passed wouldn’t have produced the same results with my old light.
Also, after looking at images of Sour Tangie online, it seems my plant is near identical. Being primarily a Sativa strain, there should be no surprise that the buds are spaced out on lanky limbs like mine are.
So, the smell in my house is wonderful and I figure I have another 2-3 weeks before harvest. I am waiting for 70%+ of the pistils to become red and the Trichomes to start going amber and then I’ll begin harvesting.
Since the buds on the lower branches will not be ready when the top ones are, I plan on doing a 2-stage harvest, probably spaced out by a month. Would love to hear any experiences of people who do this.
Like almost any other crop. Harvest what’s ready. Get the rest next time.
It’s not going anywhere
Yup, that’s what I thought too.
Anyone grew up around crops learns quick that some crops have to be picked 3 times.
Especially watermelons and cantalopes.
FYI the metal halide light fixture is not copasetic to flowering. The plants need more -red-yellow spectrum during flowering. MH are typically used for vegetative phase. You would want a HPS fixture for flowering. IF you are interested in conventional lighting technology. LED has greater efficiency.
I thought I’d share some statistics on the final harvest of this plant last year. I ended up creating six clones from the original indoor plant and grew three of these to flowering and harvest outdoors, the rest I gifted to friends.
The indoor plant yielded 3oz and the outdoor team produced a total of 13oz. A cool pound of weed that will take me years to go through on my own. The smoke is phenomenal - everyone loves it. Very smooth and tasty and the head is wonderful.
Thanks again to everyone in this thread for contributing to my grow - much appreciated.