I’m on the road, but will show you what I got for my 2x2 and 2x4 grow tents when I get home
i love t5 and t12 floro for veg, but i think they lack penetration for great flowering,
the t5 HO fixtures do okay in flower, but there r better options,
to use t5 properly u would still need to swap bulbs from veg to flower,
2700k, 3000k, and 3500k r for flower,
4000k, 5000k, and 6500k r for veg,
if u can only get one light (like QB) go for 3000k - 4000k.!
Ok well that helps cause I didn’t really want the t5 it’s big lol now stuck between the 600w led actual 280w or something like that 169$ or HLG 135 V2 for 180$ really leaning towards the quantom board if that’s enough for the 27"x27" tent. @dbrn32 @SlowOldGuy sixpackdad any opinions? Also I stated I have 500$ budget but forgot to specify all together. So I’m shooting for 200$ light
Both are probably going to put roughly the same amount of photons in your space. Do you want the more efficient light or the one that costs more to run?
Efficient would be better
I have a QB304 V1 4K on a 1050a driver for my 2x2 veg tent that is more than enough light for that space and it’s purpose, average ppfd around 700. On the HLG website, you can currently purchase a QB304 V1 3.5K & heatsink on clearance for $59, about $70 with shipping if in the US. The newer board the QB324 V2 can be purchased for $20 more. The drivers (HLG-120H-C1050 for the 304, HLG-120H-54? @dbrn32) can be gotten on Amazon, along with 18awg solid 300V wire, wago connectors, and a pig-tailed power cord to connect to the driver - in total about another $70. You would need a few nuts and bolts to secure the driver to the heatsink, but I beleive the holes are pre-drilled. I used zipties The screws to mount the QB board itself come with it.
In my 2x4, I have 4-QB134 V2 3K boards on a DIY mount in my late veg/early flower tent, average estimated ppfd around 800. I used angle aluminum and cut and drilled the boards and frame together wiht nuts and bolts. The driver sits on top. The boards were $140 with shipping and the driver with shipping from Amazon was $65. The rest of the framing materials were another $25, and I already had materials like the wire, wago connectors, and extra pig tail power cord from the QB304 build.
In my 3x4 flowering space, I purchased a scratch and dent 2-288V2 kit from HLG. They currently aren’t avaialbe on thier website, but it was $305 with shipping and came with everything needed to assemble. It’s a little short on total light power for the room and it’s purpose of late flowering in, and I just moved my blurple light in there with it. A future addition when the time is right…
Driver depends on which board. I’m not aware of any CV drivers for the 304 board. But the the cc driver would work for them.
The CV board would be for the QB324 V2. There’s nothing on the HLG site with a board recommendation. It just notes the board is 54V, max current 3.2A.
Ya, I’m not sure if they haven’t done testing or just forgot to put it up. I’d run the 324 off same driver as the 288, hlg-120h-54a.
OK I’m sorry but your getting way above my pay grade lol seriously it’s very confusing. I’m going to go look up the boards and individual pieces now cause I have no idea what you all are talking about lol from what I understand, once I research this and understand it I should be able to put a light together cheaper than buying one? @dbrn32 @Sixpackdad. If so then I’m committed to the DIY and will do my research
Yes, exactly - if you are a DIY’r, procure the components individually, and assemble yourself, you can get a better light cheaper. Check out the Horticulture Lighting Group website and tool around there for a bit. There’s some good info and some links to a youtube video that talks through some of the assembly for one of their boards.
You don’t need to research much. I will make sure you get the right components if you go diy…
@dbrn32 any help would be great. I just figured I’d research it then ask questions on what I didn’t understand. Doesn’t seem like “rocket surgery” (movie reference) I’m going to research the sub then tag for questions if you do t mind!
I gotta ask, whats the movie?
Happy to answer anything I can. It’s not difficult at all really. There’s a few basic concepts that help a lot. Otherwise building an led grow light is not really any different than changing a cord on household appliances.
@sixpackdad it’s boondocks saints 2.im going to research the DIY then I’ll make a post if I have questions. But TBH I’ll prolly go with the board as it’s under 200 and easy lol
Really they are all easy once you understand the concept and have @dburn32 guiding you down the path to success