DIY with Quantum Boards

Discussion in 'LED and other Lighting' started by robincnn, Nov 19, 2016.

    higher self

    higher self Well-Known Member

    Yes & expected release date so I can start saving my lunch money up for another build lol. Im loving the boards over cobs so far & want to add 4 boards to my five CXB359 setup.
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    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    Sad rainy days ....

    Quantum Nursery -

    Gonna be chopping a couple at end of this week ... So I decided to pop a few more beans. The Peyote Cookies and Candy Dream are looking good ..... Gave those a quick foliar with Optic Foliar Overdrive ...

    That god damn white dwarf is growing, but very slowly. I MAY cull that one if she isn't gonna get better after another week.

    Anyways.... I started another Blue Dream - Candy and some mystery seed.


    I also am " hydrating " two others - Jack Herer and La Fruita di Venus .
    I get them partially soaked for a couple hours in their breeder bags , then plant in soil.
    I get a pretty high success rate this way instead of in a shot glass for 24 hours. Even if they don't sink in bag , I still plant . A mini zip method. I have done it this way with multi beans of same strain in bag .......


    Plans are to use a 4000k QB for initial growth and veg. Then 3000k/3500k mix for flower.
    I have the boards complete and just need to run the 18 guage patch cable to the quick disconnect sockets .... I use these also on my other rigs for both power and dimmer wires.
    They are rated up to 300v . And are ridiculously easy to use. The driver will be remote mounted ( on a board ) . Power for the rig will be plugged into a power strip that has individual on / off switches to each outlet ... Like this one ... Wall mounted.


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    I can't stop tinkering with QBs .... Lol.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2018

    hydrohaz Member

    Got 2 260w XM QBs in now. Temps sit around 29C though, will be a lot hotter in summer.

    Never seen the fan leaves this frosty this early. Just about to finish week 4 flower.

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    numberfour Well-Known Member

    Many thanks @Stephenj37826 and @robincnn I received my HLG65 today with the slates :clap:

    Loving the HLG 65w

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    notice the old school chains from my T5 days, how far things have come. Shame my camera skills are still back in those days :wink:

    In action
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    Running this in one of the 60x90cm clone / seed / veg tents. Illuminating it perfectly.
    regoob eht

    regoob eht Well-Known Member

    Qb132 are available on Amazon.
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    keepsake Well-Known Member

    This is 65gal pot under the HLG-600H kit sold by growerslight.
    Top 2 plants have a leaf tip curl going on. I think it may be due to a nitrogen overload.. I think.
    Other than that... they look happy to me.


    PhenoMenal Well-Known Member

    So we're now 420 pages into this thread ... quantum boards are totally new to me (and no doubt a lot of others seeing as theyre a 2017 thing)... I'd love to hear the PROS and CONS of quantum boards?, for those of us who haven't had the chance to read through all 420 pages :) thankyou! and we thank you for being the first to try them for the rest of us :)
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    mjduke420 Member

    I've been following this thread since early last year, but only very recently ordered a kit. (2 board 260w kit coming today!)

    My current light is a Mars 600 @~240 actual watts.

    The only cons I can see some people having is wiring up the boards, but considering all of the work HLG has put into diagrams and responding to peoples questions in this thread, it's pretty much a non-issue. The other issue I could see is price for some budget growers, as a kit is more expensive than a blurple or other cheap chinese LED.

    That said, you get what you pay for and in this case it's efficiency. It was the biggest draw for me as even a Mars will get warm in the summer and I know it's not putting out a great amount of light for the actual wattage used. I'm looking forward to having cooler tents, and not worrying about the fans on my fixture burning out and killing the board. For those on MH/HPS the power saving alone should be one of their best qualities.
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    PhenoMenal Well-Known Member

    btw i just want to reiterate about HLG what i said in reply to another thread, because they deserve every credit...:

    ps. Massive respect to the team at HLG!!! :) It's very admirable how you've not only started the whole "quantum board phenomenon" (you've probably done more to promote Samsung's 561C's than Samsung has lol :)), but also been very respectful about people's DIY's which is extra-commendable and embraces the community spirit, and from all reports your Tech Support is excellent too :)

    pop22 Well-Known Member

    Cons? They never have enough!


    nc208 Well-Known Member

    Are there plans to sell the qb 40 with just the boards by itself?
    The Loafter

    The Loafter Well-Known Member

    That's the qb120 mate well oops. Disregard that
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    mjduke420 Member

    Got my boards in today, all wired up and put to work! Took a little over a week from clicking Order to in the tent, shipped to Atlantic Canada.

    Currently the boards are dimmed all the way down as they're on fresh seedlings. This should be a fun grow. Growing 2 Ghost Train Haze, 5 high CBD Freedom Dream, and 3 White Cookies.

    The Mars 600 tent will be growing the next round of seedlings, clones and vegetables as well... at least until I get a rack and 3 QB40s!

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    Humple Well-Known Member

    That's the QB96. The HLG-65 is the QB120.
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    nc208 Well-Known Member

    Yes that's what I thought it was called but they have it for sale labelled as qb 40 but it comes with a driver and accessories. I'd like to order just the boards.

    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    When's the Quantum Blanket coming out .?

    My feets get cold at night ....

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    hom3mad3 Member

    How far from light to canopy, what size tent, and do you have the lights turned all the way up?

    hom3mad3 Member

    pros are less heat less power draw more light/ photon energy. Better coverage of the canopy. It seems like my plants are more vigorous, more woody it seems like they might be a day or 2 ahead of time. Cons: you can turn the light toooo bright of course if you added co2 I guess that could be a pro. You have to figure out what to do with your old lights. Hmm the plants seem to drink/ eat more which makes cost of nutrients go up again this could be a positive as well. Initial cost maybe. Basically the cons are hard to think of, and the pros are numerous!
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    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    Pros :

    Direct replacement of lights
    Ready to run
    Dimmable with Type B drivers and linear pot
    Series wiring or Parallel ( or combo of both )
    Infinite amount of layout designs
    Can be added to pre-existing COB rigs
    Better light footprint and overlap
    Always being upgraded by HLG - using latest bin offerings
    Quantum " sets " are VF matched ( 2 or more )
    Multiple driver choices - meanwell
    High efficiency at even lower power power settings
    No more BLURPLE
    No more buying bulbs (HPS / MH )
    No excessive heat issues
    They DO NOT NEED to be driven hard for max results ....
    Optic Ready design ( optional )
    Can be configured for both Open and Closed grow setups
    Will work in ANY cabinet , stealth or tent grow
    Molex connectors for easy wiring
    Can be used with or without heatsinks ( depending on power use )
    Lightweight compared to large hoods and tubes
    Nominal cooling requirements - simple fan across slates will work
    DIY best friend - NO TIM REQUIRED
    Can be used on seedlings / clones and new growth without changing lights
    Even canopy penetration

    On and on........

    CONS :

    You have to shitcan old light systems ( hid )
    They sell out faster than concert tickets ....
    You WILL BUY MORE AND MORE .... Trust me I know ( *wink wink )
    They will bleach if you are careless
    CALMAG will be a necessary evil as plants will not transpire as much as HPS

    Side note : These boards are OFTEN COPIED and cloned overseas , but you run the risk of substandard and often mis labeled components instead of the original . They swap in less effective 5630s or whatever non descript LEDs. With HLG you are guaranteed to get what you pay for - there are certain troll monkeys that will throw shade but don't let that confuse you .... Yes you CAN construct from scratch but the Quantums are built and tested so you don't have to.

    Bottom line :
    You will be hard pressed to find an easier way to replace aging lights .
    No learning curve needed ... These work best WITHOUT treating them like you would with HPS - believe it or not 550w will produce like 1000w rig.
    There is no reason to build a 900w rig for say a 3x3 or 4x4 ...
    Even their 260w / or XL will kill it in most common 3x3 sizes ....
    Plus you can add more for larger spaces .... Fucking simple.
    Look at the grows listed here and on HLG Instagram....
    You will not find many makers out there that will take customer service to the level as @robincnn and @Stephenj37826 does.


    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah ... One more thing ...............

    You can save 15% on car insurance if you switch to geico ....

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