Blurple LED's

OK. I have experimented with may different lights. I have also read many of the threads discussing LED's and the one thing that always comes up is people hating on two companies that have never done me wrong and have always given good results with one exception. BlackDog LED and Platinum LED catch a lot of grief. Why? Because of the color of light that is produced. In agreement with some, Blackdog is severely overpriced, and in agreement with others, Platinum's Chinese manufacturing has some QC concerns for the price paid when customer service is great before purchase and nearly non-existent afterwards. My one exception with these two companies was Platinum's attempt at rack lighting (R-1150) which had awful hot-spotting and the reliability was just not a thing so mine is now parts. However my P-series lights are still going strong after 3 years of continuous use (5 P900's to be exact). Then on the high end (pun intended) I have 4 Blackdog Phytomax-2 1000's that are almost 5 years old and still banging out killer light. A lot of the people that talk smack about these lights over their spectrum and price have probably never used one, first and foremost. Secondly, probably bitch because they just can't afford them as haters will be haters. I also use GC, Gavita, and Electric Sky. The quality under the blurples always takes the cake although I am now running some ROI-E720s with the UV-R bars to see if they will make any difference in potency and also to see if the flavor and aroma are any better or worse with and without the UVR. I can then compare the THC levels, and terpene profiles (from clones) to the Platinums and Blackdogs to see if they can match up as Platinum and BD Both feed into the far ends of the spectrum. As to the folks who have something smart to say about those of us who enjoy our blurple lights and seem to think they are geniuses in the field of botany. Maybe because they just know that those lights are not what plants want because they don't look like the sun.......The people in the following image are NASA employees. They are growing plants in soil FROM THE MOON. They are doing it under blurple lighting as their research has shown that "the wavelengths of the light are optimal for photosynthesis". These people ARE geniuses and have the credentials to back it up. Please stop hating on those of us who have studied photosynthetic response in plants at great lengths and prefer the results of a tailored spectrum as to a full spectrum. Thank You (P.S. I already know I am an asshole. The first step is admission) 220511155858-05-plants-lunar-soil-exlarge-169.jpg
 

Arby64

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I have three Platinum LED lights. One P600 and two P150s. I've had good results with them. On my last completed grow, I got 1.25 pounds of bud from two plants in a 2'x6'x5' space.

The only things I don't like about blurples are it makes it harder to get good pictures and it irritates my eyes if I don't wear the glasses that correct for it.

I recently had one bank of "veg" LEDs go out on the P600. That happened about 5 weeks into my current grow. The 5-year warranty expires before the grow will be done. I contacted Platinum and they said it wasn't a problem. I can send it in as soon as I harvest and they'll cover it.
 

bk78

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Watch out you might offend Bk78 still waiting on those updated photos of recent crops in his mom's basement for people that talk so much I guess we must just be amazing master growers because we have mystical powers to get amazing quality and yields with the worst lights on the market

Wait you’re awaiting pics of my grows?
 

crimsonecho

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i dont like blurples because when i open my tents in winter sunlike light makes me happy. not hating on them and not saying they cant grow plants. if they used the most efficient diodes available to build those fixtures i still wouldnt give them a go because i used them before and i dont like looking at my plants under that light. i see everything green afterwards. yeah there are glasses for it but i already wear glasses and gotta buy a clip on and not lose it and shit. what a hassle.
 
i dont like blurples because when i open my tents in winter sunlike light makes me happy. not hating on them and not saying they cant grow plants. if they used the most efficient diodes available to build those fixtures i still wouldnt give them a go because i used them before and i dont like looking at my plants under that light. i see everything green afterwards. yeah there are glasses for it but i already wear glasses and gotta buy a clip on and not lose it and shit. what a hassle.
I use 4' Philips Daylight T5 in the blurple tents for deficiency/toxicity/bug check that comes on for 15 minutes before the timer kicks the blurples on. I also run a 5x5 with the GC ROI-E720 with the UV-R bars, A 2x4 tent with a Mars Hydro SP3000, and a 4x8 with 5 P600's on a Lightrail 4.20 (my first set up thats almost 5 years old now and still going strong). The only lights i didn't have any success in a tent with were actually Spectrum King SK's, too much of a hotspot for a tent, in SK's defense, they were designed for commercial facilities and having crossing light paths to balance that out. That being said, I usually have the tents closed up and do not spend a lot of time in them except for when I strip on flip day and again at somewhere between day 18-21 (dependent on length of flowering time). I use Hugo blocks now and have DTW drip feed systems so I don't need to be in them with the lights on.
 

NanoGadget

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I still own a California Light Works Solar Storm 440, which I consider to be one of the best blurples ever made. it grew great pot. my problem with blurples is nearly all of them have efficiency ratings as bad or worse than HPS. if I'm not getting more light per watt than HPS I would have just stuck with HPS.
 

PadawanWarrior

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I still own a California Light Works Solar Storm 440, which I consider to be one of the best blurples ever made. it grew great pot. my problem with blurples is nearly all of them have efficiency ratings as bad or worse than HPS. if I'm not getting more light per watt than HPS I would have just stuck with HPS.
How long's it lasted? Do all the fans still work good?
 
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