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!
 
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