Hello, my friends. I've been a long time lurker, coming out now. First of all, immense thanks for all the info shared here. I wouldn't be able to start this project otherwise. All the info I needed was found here and around some other community-based resources and I hope the reports on my experiment contribute to someone as well. I started a thread in the Grow Journal section but found this might be the correct place to talk about the DIY lamp part of the idea. Should I request the older thread to be moved?
My intention is to build a reasonable led lamp at a low cost, for my personal home grow. I have no commercial interests regarding my nugs or my lamp(s), so I would prefer quality and potency over yeld (regarding buds). Don't know if this is relevant to any advice you might give me.
(Materials not acquired yet)
-Large aluminum tray to house the leds (Way cheaper than a reflector)
-Kapton tape and copper tape (as an alternative to wiring)
-Shower box rails cemented to the tray using artic silver (the rails are made of aluminum and much cheaper than heat dissipators)
-90x 1w Leds from Ebay, brand unknown. The seller says they're from his own factory (?) and they just don't have a brand name for now (OEM maybe?). They are: 50 Red, 18 Deep Red, 4 White, 9 Royal Blue, 9 Blue.All leds have a 120 degree viewing angle, except for the Deep Red ones which have a 140 degree angle.
Royal blue diodes: 445nm~450nm
Blue diodes: 460~470nm
Deep red diodes: 660~665nm
Red diodes: 620~630nm
White diodes: 5500k~6000k
- 5x Waterproof Drivers (Said to power 18 leds each)