So im going to have customized t8 grow tubes made (im not pushing them on here yet so dont worry, lol)
The big brand led lights use a spectrum ratio of 3-1, 3500k:6000k, and they sprinkle in some 660nm red lights also.
I’m thinking of using this same spectrum, and adding a small amount of 365nm uv-a to the spectrum. The spectrum ratio would be 12:4:2:1, 3500k,6500k, 660nm, 365nm. It doesn’t cause any plant damage, but you will need to wear glass when you’re working with your plants, which we should all be doing anyways.
If you look it up, UVa will add to trichrome growth. I added a blacklight (also UVa, usually 385nm) tube to my other tubes and had solid results. I also used live soil for the first time, so its anyone’s guess.
The question is to UVa or to not UVa? The cost on the tubes is the same.
@preybird1 Would be your huckleberry for this info…
Indeed, im pretty sure
@preybird1 answered the last time I talked about these type of t5/t8 led tubes.
The other questions would be ideal spectrum ratio, and whether upgrading to ip65(almost waterproof) fixture is worth it.
I just purchased and am running the HLG UVA30…just in the am to mimic the intensity of the sun. From what I’ve read and seen from
@Hellraiser…we wont be sorry. Trics and a ton of them.
And hell, a built in tanning booth ain’t a bad gig either…just kidding.
vegetative period of your plant’s life cycle. It’s light is 80% 5500°K, 10% 460nm blue, and 10% 380 nm UV. Never did a t8. This is what i use i really like it.
This is what I used
It worked well (I think). Still, UVa only makes up like 3% of the light spectrum, so I was thinking of trying to mimic that.
Are you trying to do a full cycle light?
Yes, both Veg and Flower. I think I looked at fluence and they used the 3:1 ratio 3500k:6000k
its ok. still, 3 congruent questions that I have
best general spectrum
adding uv or ir good?
is going from ip20 to ip65 (almost waterproof) worth it. Cost goes up 20%.
what kind of lights are you using? I read elsewhere you make your own?
Here is what my tube looks like so far btw.
I can basically do whatever spectrum Id like.
Seen a few of those can change spectrum
Yeah I can do whatever I like. I think I do a “general spectrum” for both veg and flowering.
These are 42w, they would retail at $30 per tube, online/amazon they would be in the $20s.
Seen those on eBay can’t recall the price…
Might do that at some point I am going to do ir far reds, like that idea
So you like the UVa and you think I need to add some IR far red? noted!
On ebay this is close:
Prices are similar, but my lights will have UVa…also a realistic spectrum as well as better branding and marketing. The english on this ad is very sub-par.
Im using 4x full spec 170 watt boards. Then in the corners i use 4x hlg v2 elites.
So here is where i will post pics. And parts list for the light im building.
Parts list so far
Frame substraight $45 + 1 set of rails $48-
4x full spec v2 @ 170 watts each. Budgetled.com
Meanwell surge protector-digikey $9.95
Meanwell driver-Digikey $160
Custom longer heatsinks. $75 each.
The rails for this are way to expensive in …
I love these little lights.
Ok guys here is a simple effective quantum board light build. It can be made in any configuration. Very cool little pinsink lights.
Here is what were using.
4x QB96 ELITE V2 ENGINES from
1x meamwell HLG-480H-C2100 from digikey.com
4x QB polycarbonate optical lenses.
4x silcone gaskets. (For lenses) makes the lights waterproof, dust proof and bug proof.
4x 1"x1" aluminum angle from lowes, h depo, ect.
1x 3’ aluminum sqaure tube. Trying to keep the lights in the middle perimeter of…
What do you think about the addition of UVa or IR?
Also, do you think waterproofing is a necessity? I noticed you mentioned waterproof lenses.
I would add them. I havs a foshe aeries and it has over cast adjustment. And my seedlings are under uv also. I like it.