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Power Consumption / Light Cost

Discussion in 'Indoor Growing' started by -=4:20=-Guy, Dec 7, 2006.

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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    Hence the entire LED lighting subforum here on RIU.

    Check it out; there's a lot of really good, even world class horticultural lighting work being done here.
     
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    newgrow16

    newgrow16 Well-Known Member

    SoCal, tiered and over .44 kwh. According to my meter running two 400w lights at 75% for 18 hours cost $4.86 , very costly, hence no air and efficient lights.
     
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    HankReardon

    HankReardon Member

    Remember there's always someone who has it worse. I live in Mass. in a small 3 bedroom house. I grow in an insulated basement with a 600w and 1k watt hps lights. This month my electric bill was $460. I need to switch over to cob led.
     
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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    Lots of great choices here, including some that aren't COB LED.

    Check out the LED and other lighting section.
     
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    HankReardon

    HankReardon Member

    I've been spending a lot of time on this forum for the last year. Never posted anything because I just don't have much to offer like advice or knowledge. I've only been growing for a little over a year. I'm on my third grow, hoping it's better than the first two. This has turned into an interesting hobby for me, the more I learn from people like you ttystikk, the more I realize how little I know. Thanks, I'll do some more reading on LEDs
     
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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend you speak to @Stephenj37826 , @robincnn , @CobKits or @Rahz about complete fixtures or kits. All of them operate at a high level of technical expertise and ethics and I'm confident you'd be well taken care of by any of them.
     
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    HankReardon

    HankReardon Member

    That is something I'm seriously considering, it just I won't have the funds until tax time. I have a 4x4x8 tent with the 600w on one side and the1kW on the other. Figured I'd start slow and replace one. Thanks for the advice, come Christmas I'll definitely get in touch with one of them. I'm excited to get a well made LED and end up saving some money at the same time.
     
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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    Between now and then you'll save enough money on your power bill to pay for the light upgrade. Something to consider, rigidly with the high electric costs you mentioned.

    Another consideration is the 'invisible bonus', as I like to call it; power savings and yields can be easily quantified but the increased quality of your results under advanced LED is harder to measure, even if it's obvious to the user.

    Call that incentive lol
     
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    Shawndeadhead

    Shawndeadhead Active Member

    So glad I'm on LED now, running lights I made with Bridgelux cobs and meanwell drivers. Running only 500w per 4x4 tent and I'm avg just over 2lb cured and dried per 4x4 tent. IMG_20171108_225641.jpg IMG_20171108_225608.jpg IMG_20171108_224917.jpg IMG_20171108_224747.jpg IMG_20171108_224821.jpg
     
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    Shawndeadhead

    Shawndeadhead Active Member

    Paying 11 cents here
     
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    Shawndeadhead

    Shawndeadhead Active Member

    500w cob led I built run 500w per 4x4 tent pull 2 lb cured and dried that 500w. IMG_20171108_225608.jpg IMG_20171108_225608.jpg IMG_20171108_224917.jpg
     
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    green217

    green217 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing, I've known LED is where the future is just don't have that initial $ to build one. I know it'll pay for itself in less than a year easily. Last time i drew up an estimate the 3070's were the best looking, I know things have changed. 3590's were in last i peeped in on the threads. Seeing yours is going to make me look at other companies besides CREE and Vero. Your definitely killing it at 2lbs per 500w! Might have to set asside some tax return $ or something damn. And how hot are they? I run a aircooled SE 1000w HPS. so needless to say Heat is my worst enemy.
     
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    green217

    green217 Well-Known Member

    Damn dude i run the same lights and I'm in a much warmer climate, down here in the south east. You air cooling them babies? And I draw in the cool outside air when winter moves in, when i can. Just saying my light bill only gets in that range and a bit higher when i'm in the middle of the summer trying to cool that hot/humid outside air directly. This causes major electrical spikes, especially when you add in my heat making ass dehumidifier for late flowering. Hell I pretty much close up shop come June. It just gets ridiculous . I have low KH and hour service to though, maybe your local electrical company is a issue. Right now I only have my 600 going and the ac doesn't come on much if at all most days, my favorite time of the year to be a cannabis grower!
     
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    HydroRed

    HydroRed Well-Known Member

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    green217

    green217 Well-Known Member

    looks like the tent is bigger than a 4x4, maybe 4x8? but yeah I agree they seem exaggerated tbh. I've got a little schooling in electronics so I'll be doing a lot of research before I commit to a material order.
     
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    green217

    green217 Well-Known Member

    what do u run, and what kinda yields per watt are you averaging?
     
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    HydroRed

    HydroRed Well-Known Member

    I run a little of everything between COBs in summer and MH/HPS in the other seasons but dont really bother counting g/w anymore.
     
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    green217

    green217 Well-Known Member

    I run hps/mh, and i don't keep up with it myself..=
     
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    HydroRed

    HydroRed Well-Known Member

    GPW doesn't seem a very accurate measurement in my opinion. I dont veg my plants so to compare my gpw at 1000W to someone else's grow with 1000W that veg's for 2 months then flowers for another 8 wks isnt comparable to my 8 weeks only of flower. If anything, total KWH used per grow would be more accurate than gpw. Just my .02 though.
     
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    a mongo frog

    a mongo frog Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with you, but explain why KWH is more accurate, when comparing veg times and strain are never talked about when people are talking about GPW?
    GPW is the most bogus stat line ever talked about I believe. Thank god we are seeing less and less of it around here.
     

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