great setup... the build is so important w the hydro cuz u cant move the plants... i really like itI do that with my lights. I’m using at least 2500watts less in the room by lowering and dimming the lights and raising them as the plants grow. I start at about 24 inches 400ppfd once I place them in the buckets day 1, week 2 I lower the lights and dim them but I try to hit 600ppfd, I check the PPFD daily and raise the lights as the plants grow. When I flip to flower I gradually raise the intensity upwards 1100 PPFD. At week 7 I start to dim them again. My electricity bill is half of what it was on my older grows because I’m using less electricity for light, AC and my water chiller doesn’t have to work as hard.
can i ask about the ur logic behind lowering the lights... i know a lot of people do it around week 7... id just like to pick ur brain a little about that... also curious about how much lower u go down? the logic i got from most people is that is wehn the plant is going into the reprocudtive phase where it would normally be procuding seeds at that point... however were not looking for seeds so the plants should not need the extra nuitrents and energy they would need to produce seeds. therefore the xtra light wouldnt nessesarily hurt the plant.. but if were looking to be efficenct growers the lights should be turned down as continueing at noral intensity would be just be excess... am i kinda on the right track there?