El Cheapo LED lights for both veg and flower.

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El Cheapo LED lights for both veg and flower.

Post by budhaboy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:29 pm

I had told my Grow bro that I was gonna wait a while before I mentioned our "secrets" until I had become comfy with the atmosphere of this forum, as I've been trash talked and abused for our unconventional equipment we use...after getting encouragement from a posting, I've decided to go ahead and start a thread on what I call the El Cheapos.
I'm sure you've seen them advertised, 225 LED diodes on a single thin sheet metal panel selling on both Amazon and Ebay for $19-27.50, and scoffed, if not downright laughed your self silly at the sight of those panels...well, THEY WORK, and fairly well too.
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my Bro and I, after experimenting with them found the strictly blue panels gave us excellent overall growth for both rooting(seed and clones) and overall vegging...


*edit - this wasnt intended as a grow log, but if the mods think it falls under that category, please feel free to move it.
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Post by budhaboy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:45 pm

a strain my bro and I developed, Dog Star(Chemdawg 91 x Northern Lights) and have passed back and forth between us to keep the strain going- we have a very limited stock of these seeds, and because of that, we've passed clones back and forth so as to conserve seeds, and keep us in supply.
Dog star is a good daytime strain, euphoric highs with a focus on creativity, but just enough of an anesthetic quality to reduce pain without the couch lock or fatigue that often follows...I custom airbrushed my nephews skate decks while continuously partaking of this lovely girl....
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I apologize for the quality, blue light overwhelms my phone's camera, but I still want the light to be on as added proof of our using it - this girl has another 1.5-2 weeks before she flips(5 weeks old give or take a couple days)

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Post by budhaboy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:06 pm

the panels in my flower tent:
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I have since added a second pair or these panels,(originally 2 panels, and 4 x 58 watt light bars, indirect lighting) as there was a bit more stretch between nodes than I like, but I was pleased overall with my initial harvest- I hope the additional two panels will tighten everything up and increase yields for me. these panels also have green leds in the corners(they appear white, but IRL, trust me they are green)

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Post by budhaboy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:11 pm

two strains were used in this trial - Acapulco Gold, and Gorilla Bomb
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Post by budhaboy » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:06 pm

final results
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Post by Downhomedude » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:27 am

Looks awesome! And great results! I'm getting ready to grab Maxsisun 450w thinking it would be an nice upgrade to my screw ins. Obviously having used the off shelf bulbs for over a year now, I'm all for thinking outside the box. Good job on your grow

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Post by budhaboy » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:20 pm

2.5 weeks from planting,I had these Aurora Borealis autos under the "el cheapo" blue only LEDs(24 hour on), switched them over to my flower tent with red/blue/white/green el cheapo panels to finish their time on a 20/4 schedule...nice thick stalks...
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Post by GreenGrower420 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:04 pm

my problem with maxsisun is they dont give u a light spec graph id choose meihzi or viparspectra or that spider farmer for 169 i have a bloom beast a520 also but so far i like my viparspectra par 600 look on your local craigslist too you can find good deals from ppl giving up after there first or second grow

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Post by Bigz » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:56 pm

I have not bloomed with my Spider Farmer 600 yet but cant wait. They will be autos that get the first crack at it.
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Post by budhaboy » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:43 pm

late posting these, but these are about 1.5 weeks later under the "El Cheapos"
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Post by Typeoman » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:20 am

@budhaboy how many of the blue panels would I need to do a 5 x 6 veg room I am so trying this out I'll bet it will lower the temps in that room as I have all t-5's t-8's and CFL's and lower my electric cost
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Post by budhaboy » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:25 pm

they're 1 foot square,I have 4 cover a 4 square foot counter, with a 5th overtop my seedling tent if you are going to utilize the entire 5x6 foot print, I'd go with 10 panels, seems like a lot, but theyre only $20/panel
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seems like a lot, but these things put out very very little heat, and use very little electricity. with my fans, duct fans, heat mat(for seedlings) and all my lights in both my veg room, and both flower tents, I spend MAYBE $50/month in electricity.

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Post by Typeoman » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:29 pm

@budhaboy you think this is a good deal they full spectrum or red blue orange and white I am only using them for veg.thank you for your help it's greatly appreciated. I will be ordering these just as soon as I know which spectrum I should use probably blues and whites maybe a full spectrum in there. Any help greatly appreciated.
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Post by Bigz » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:22 pm

That is awesome they work budhaboy and thanks for testing and sharing :420chick: . I am a firm believer of ya grow with what ya got or can get... I would use a torch if that's all i had to use.. anyways i am glad you felt cool enough to post man..we here at NT are all pretty nice people..Glad you shared.
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Post by budhaboy » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:19 pm

Typeoman wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:29 pm
@budhaboy you think this is a good deal they full spectrum or red blue orange and white I am only using them for veg.thank you for your help it's greatly appreciated. I will be ordering these just as soon as I know which spectrum I should use probably blues and whites maybe a full spectrum in there. Any help greatly appreciated.
Its entirely up to you as far as spectrum, my gro bro supplements the blue panels with the red blues, both ways work, I go this route because it works for me...and my bro does his way with success. At 20 bucks a pop, you aint out much money if you decide its not for you

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Post by Kascutt » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:02 pm

Sorry for reviving a old thread budhaboy but I'm wondering if your still using these panels and if there still performing well? How many would you reccomend to veg/flower a 4'×4' tent with these board's?

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