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Old 11-07-2017, 12:38 AM #1
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Using LED lights in a vert grow.

Is this possible? It seems like the shape of LED grow lights is specific to horizontal setups. Anyone done this or seen pics of someone who has?
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:31 PM #2
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Good question, Soil Margin!

Because most LED fixtures are configured into flat/horizontal panels, they do tend to lend themselves better to horizontal grows, providing an even spread of light across the canopy...

...BUT, with a little creative ingenuity, LED fixtures can be configured for vertical use. There are a couple of folks I've seen doing vert LED grows, but they're usually horizontal style fixtures, turned 90*, lighting a wall of plants.

The only person, that I'm aware of, who's built a vert LED fixture for traditional donut type vert growth is myself. Will it be counterproductive? Not sure, as I haven't put them through a cycle yet, but they seem promising so far.

I've built a ~100w horizontal seedling/clone light, a ~200w vertical veg light, and most of a ~480w vertical flower light. I should (FINALLY) be receiving the 480w driver today, so I can finish and fire up the flower fixture. So far the clone light and vert veg light are working well. The vert veg light is actually being tested flowering a couple of plants in a 4x4 tent at the moment, and they're looking good; pretty blinding. The 480w light should be even better!

I don't have any pics up yet, but if you'd like, you can check out my thread in LED section. There are diagrams and plans that will at least give you an idea of how to make a DIY vert LED fixture for traditional vert style growing.

Here's the link to my thread: https://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=341924

I hope this helps satisfy your curiosity, and sparks some ideas for your own setup.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:41 AM #3
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Here's the link to my thread: https://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=341924

I hope this helps satisfy your curiosity, and sparks some ideas for your own setup.
Good luck!
Awesome stuff thanks. I'd definitely love to see pictures of those lights in action at some point.
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Now that the lights are up and going in their new homes, I can give you an idea what they look like actually built, with a couple plants around them. I also added a few more pics to my original thread. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer.



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Google Suncloak. A guy on RIU is building a similar setup.
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Nice build Medicine man! I went with a simple one myself, just four aluminum slabs bolted together with 3 cbx 3590s each side, and a couple computer fans up top. While it's not the prettiest site, and I did match the energy of the 600 watt HPS it was replacing, it actually works out quite well! I know it's hard to emulate the 360 degree output of a single bulb with 12 little cobs, but without lenses they do throw out enough overlap to get the job done. Rocked them all last year with great results, this current batch is at 3 weeks flower tomorrow

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badass grow man I just checked your gg4 pics Nice! Great build
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Nice build Medicine man! I went with a simple one myself, just four aluminum slabs bolted together with 3 cbx 3590s each side, and a couple computer fans up top. While it's not the prettiest site, and I did match the energy of the 600 watt HPS it was replacing, it actually works out quite well! I know it's hard to emulate the 360 degree output of a single bulb with 12 little cobs, but without lenses they do throw out enough overlap to get the job done. Rocked them all last year with great results, this current batch is at 3 weeks flower tomorrow

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I've been curious bout this also. Just found a 60 watt double sided LED on Alibaba but minimum order is 200 pieces.

https://inledco.en.alibaba.com/produ...26002942lS8S4u
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I've been curious bout this also. Just found a 60 watt double sided LED on Alibaba but minimum order is 200 pieces.

https://inledco.en.alibaba.com/produ...26002942lS8S4u
The micro moles per joules is barely above a CFL fixture on that.
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Now that the lights are up and going in their new homes, I can give you an idea what they look like actually built, with a couple plants around them. I also added a few more pics to my original thread. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer.
My only question is where can I get some of those hah. They look amazing. I wish there was a retail version of something like that.
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