Post your light!!!

Discussion in 'LED and other Lighting' started by Greenthumbs256, Feb 6, 2018.


    Greenthumbs256 Well-Known Member

    I'm really wondering if anyone has spend more than 1000 dollars on a light. And was it worth it? Bc I have 1000w hps only paid less than 500 and it works amazing super nice size buds and covers a 5x5 with no problem! I've seen ppl building lights for around 6-700 and I've seen many leds going for 1500 to cover a 5x5! I'm having a hard time justifying spending that much!
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    Danielson999 Well-Known Member

    That's true, 800w of ready-to-use LED light would cost upwards of $1500. You can buy 2 400w kits for $900 that's pre-wired and ready to throw onto your frame if you DIY or buy a pre-built frame.
    You could piece it all together yourself and build from scratch for maybe $750 plus a frame.

    If you switched over you'll be using about 200w less at the wall and dealing with considerably less heat which could equate to A/C cost savings. Also, no more bulbs to buy....

    I have 1100w in a 4'x6' and I'm happy with them.
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    iPerculate Well-Known Member

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    Greenthumbs256 Well-Known Member

    I want to build one it's just the money I mean shit for 200 bucks I could throw a bigger ac in the window and fix my heat problem during the summer! But I really want to build my own cob light! It would be nice to use that and always have a back up hps!

    Greenthumbs256 Well-Known Member

    I really just can't afford to spend another grand before summer is here!

    Humple Well-Known Member

    Here you go.

    Quickest, easiest way to DIY a 1,000w HPS replacement for less than $1,000. If you REALLY want to DIY it up, you could save some money with a Samsung LM561C strip build (the F series seem to be the most popular) - you can find many build threads here.

    Greenthumbs256 Well-Known Member

    That actually looks great and right up my alley! Do you have this light? What's ur take on it? Also would u choose the 3000 or 2700 color??? It will be a 100% flower light!
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    Olive Drab Green Well-Known Member

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    Olive Drab Green Well-Known Member

    Those are both my Timber setup and my TastyLED builds.

    nfhiggs Well-Known Member

    If you want to build one you can easily build a light that will replace a 1000W HPS for under $400. Forget COBs - Look into F-Series LED Strips from Samsung or EB strips from Bridgelux..
    Twelve Samsung 44" 50W strips - $166 (600W total)
    Three HLG-185H power supplies - $165
    Another ~$50 or so to frame it all together. No heatsinks are needed.

    Throw in another 3 strips and up the power supplies to HLG-240H for 750W for about $80 more.

    VegasWinner Well-Known Member

    Here is a 100w GrowGreen board using a HLG-120H-C-1050B driver. I am using three of these boards in a 300w setup in a 2x4 tent and they are excellent.

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    Rahz Well-Known Member Rollitup Advertiser

    The first LED I built covered 18 sq/ft, about 750 PPFD, cost about $1800. Vero 18s cost a little more back then and I used individual drivers for each cob which had some logic to it as far as keeping the light running in the case of a driver failure, but made it cost more and efficiency on those drivers was 87% I think.

    I could build the same thing for about $900 now. I would probably opt for Vero 29C in which case it would cost around $1200, but would be a good bit more light for the money.

    I could save some bucks with larger sinks and fewer cobs, but if I wanted +60% efficiency it would still make sense to use the radials I used back then. Almost nobody has used them, but for their size they do a really good cooling job. Probably the best extruded performance, very thin too.


    nfhiggs Well-Known Member

    I've got a bunch of sinks like those - dirt cheap, they cost me under $30 for ten.

    What's the extra driver in the bottom left for?

    Rahz Well-Known Member Rollitup Advertiser

    It's not extra. 23 sinks but because of the pattern there was only room for 22 drivers and I had to double up somewhere.

    Yea, those sinks can be pretty cheap in bulk. I ran Vero 18g5 on them which was close to 20 watts of heat at 1050ma. They ran a bit warm (but operated for 3 years with no issues). Vero29 at 500ma would be a lot more lumens and about 10 watts of heat. The g7 Vero 18s aren't impressively more efficient than g5 but would still be an improvement over the old ones.
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    nfhiggs Well-Known Member

    Gotcha... I mis-counted the rows.

    hybridway2 Well-Known Member

    Says it's the highest ppfd of any 600w led yet my SE-450 has higher. Mmmmnnnhh!!!
    TopShelf is BS. Go watch their YouTube video bragging about being the highest par led available then showing a map of ppfd 550 from a light that should be @ least 800.
    Then listen to the claims & blatant exaggerations by that slimy salesman kid.
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    VegasWinner Well-Known Member

    board is $80 heat sink is $35 driver is $36. One 185H driver runs two boards. One 120H driver runs one board. 300w $240 + $105 + $72 = $425 for 300w plus
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    REALSTYLES Well-Known Member Rollitup Advertiser

    King brite for the lowest price on Cree CXB
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