Best led light?

Kervork

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I'm using QB96's with individual 160W drivers. I did this because my layout changes a lot and I wanted the flexibility to do whatever I wanted.

If you buy a big light, you're stuck with it. If you buy multiple smaller ones you can increase and decrease your footprint. If you decide to have a flower room and a veg room, no problem. If you are doing a perpetual you don't have to raise your young plants, you just lower your lights.

It costs more to do it this way, however I probably save electricity by only using the light I need.
 

XtraGood

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I'm using QB96's with individual 160W drivers. I did this because my layout changes a lot and I wanted the flexibility to do whatever I wanted.

If you buy a big light, you're stuck with it. If you buy multiple smaller ones you can increase and decrease your footprint. If you decide to have a flower room and a veg room, no problem. If you are doing a perpetual you don't have to raise your young plants, you just lower your lights.

It costs more to do it this way, however I probably save electricity by only using the light I need.
2 QB 96's run well on a shared HLG-185h-54, what model driver are you using for 1 QB96?
 

Kervork

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HBG-160-60B. To be honest I chose the driver because of how it looked. It cost a little more but mounted in the custom bracket it's sexy as hell looking and hangs perfectly.

I believe the cost for 5 lights and drivers 800W was around $800 or a buck a watt. My biggest complaint, and I like complaining, is that one of the HLG stickers hadn't been properly contour cut and it tore when I tried to peel it of the backing. My plant's don't stretch and this makes them a bitch to train. Two lights are covering a 2x4 area with 8 plants and 3 gallon pots. As they get bigger I might drop the plant count and increase lighting.

The heat sinks were hot to the touch when running until I put a 120MM fan on each, after that couldn't feel any heat.
 
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sf_frankie

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I just cant wrap my head around 2300$ for a light to cover 5x5, blackdog seems recidulously priced. Buy two lights with 90% the efficiency as those, buy all the gear for a second 5x5 and still have money left over.

Thats what id do anyway.
I was skeptical of black dogs but my little sisters boyfriend scored one on Craigslist for cheap. I think it’s the 200 series, one of the smaller ones. That little thing rips in his 2x4 tent.
 

Lordhooha

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If money is no object fohse a3i I believe its $3k 1500 watts
That's the ares I have 3 ai3's coming to test. If they perform well I'll be getting about 15 or less for one of my rooms and go from there. The ares in the picture though is built like a tank the ai3's as well. The fuckers are 70-75 lbs! But fully waterproof and directional bars are nice. Not to mention they're a full 1500+ watts each from the wall!
 
If money is legitimately no object, I’d say the top 3 contenders would be:

1. Agnetix Zenith: water-cooled, 3.4 umol/j, 4000 ppf, integrated CO2 sensors and infrared cameras that monitor leaf temperature in real time, heat recapture for environmental control, etc.

2. Oreon Monarch: water-cooled, 3.7 umol/j, 3700 ppf, virtually zero heat watts imparted onto ambient HVAC.

3. Foshe A3i: 1500 watts, 3.4 umol/j, 4800 ppf.

The first two require dedicated plumbing/water lines and recapture tanks... and the Foshe is just a beast of a light. The water cooled lights are playing in a different league than everything else on the market though, so it’s not really fair to compare them.
 

Buddernugs

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Hands down phototek 1000w co2 pro check it……. These guys have tested damn near every grow light ever produced… yes they are sponsored…..I don’t know how because they are brutally honest about bullshit lies and bullshit lights…….https://www.cocoforcannabis.com/grow-light-guide/photontek-xt-1000w-co2-pro-par-test-review/
 

Lifer99

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I second the spider farmer 4000 love it so far
Im lookin at them as we speak. Looks like all around good price and quality for a beginner indoor grow.
Can I ask you a couple questions? what size tent do you grow in using the 4k? Whats the difference between the 4k and the 3k or 2k? Im reading on them but Im not sure I understand? For the price difference if its drastically better I can put up a few extra bucks. I dont want to buy junk just to replace it in a few months. Id like to get started on a small tent until I learn what Im doing then get a larger one. One for vegging and one for flowering eventually if I enjoy my new found hobby as much as I do with my outdoor grows.
 
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