i've been shuffling around my lights between cabs and have a new addition… the custom 104w LED ran too hot in this 2'x15" cab because the ventilation isn't that efficient (air comes in at the top and leaves at the bottom which works against the fact that heat rises). so ice replaced it with one of the new 'eco+' units from HGL - a 126X-ECO+ which uses 0.5 watt leds. one great advantage of this is that it has no fans - so silent operation, and the hope is that it will run cooler, and that although it uses much less watts - it virtually fills the roof of the cabinet so the clusters are well spaced out and also a bit closer to the plant.
a bit of background here, im rethinking the way i grow and in particular plant numbers - because there are new sentencing guidelines in the UK where the shallowest sh1t you get into is for 9 plants or less - so rather than flower 4 plants in my 'quarters' cab it will be two, planted in 2'x1' troughs with 2x1 screens.
and that's where this cab is going to come in - it is 2' x 15" and so will fit one of the troughs inside. what i would like to eventually do is use this cab for the transition from veg to flower in a perpetual system. i take a cut and in a month i will root and pre veg it in my mum cabinet under t5's. then it will go into this low wattage cab and be veg'ed for another two weeks and flowered for 2 weeks before going into the big cab under the stronger light for the rest of flower - lets say 8 weeks give or take. this means the whole perpetual cycle will have a max of 4 plants in existence at any one time - leaving me 5 more plants to play with up to my limit of 9. (i have one other flower cab - with the 104w custom light which takes 1 plant, so i can have 3 mums and one plant to play with over that). eventually i hope to start a thread which will encompass the whole 2 cab system - which is why i have put this thread in Grow diaries with my big cab rather than in micro grows.
but for now we aren't in the cycle and the other thing i was curious about was how well this unit would work for a whole flower cycle… i have a theory that bubba kush and other broadleaf types may well manage quite well in lower light conditions… plus i want to try and make some bubba kush S1's having successfully reversed a plant with CS and got pollen a month or two ago. if i can make enough seeds i hope to list some on seedbay too.
Right, enough blurb - heres some pics.
here is the cab with LED hung and a couple of Bubba x Cherry bomb at the back, more about those later
here is the light hanging at an odd angle to get a snap of the heatsinks which stick out of the top of the light. the main bit of the light is just half an inch or so thick. it also has a light intensity dial.. which i turned up to max and then forgot about!
here are the group of 4 bubba kush x cherry bomb girls - this was part of another bubba breeding project where i was going to do a bx to the bubba but ended up with 4 out of 4 girls so that will have to wait. i have half a dozen more seeds and at least the girls will give me an idea of what traits CB brings and how bubba like the cross is. i'll likely do some lst or something on them soon
more pics in a sec.