Its been a while since my last update... busy summer with family and gardening projects🙂👍 Here's a small tent grow I have been working on at the store. I'm trying out these new HLG LEDs we just got at the store with an some green tomatoes that are a couple weeks into bloom.
For the past many years I have been into hydroponics, but recently finding a renewed interest for soil and organic gardening. I have been working a lot with compost building my own organic soils outdoors, but for these indoor plants, I'm still using chelated liquid nutrients, trying to keep it simple with General Organics Biothrive, CaMG+, and SupreKelp.
So far the plants have been pretty healthy, but I think having some trouble blooming due to the heatwave that we have had in the area reaching 100 degrees! It can be a challenge keeping temperatures down in the summer in a space like this without adding some additional cooling aside from the clip fans. LEDs are good for gardening year round because they are efficient with energy, use lower wattage, and generally run cooler.
Check out how thin these quantum boards are, from a side view, all you can see is the driver and power cord! The LEDs cool passively mounted to an aluminum plate that also acts as a heat sink. The whole fixture is warm to the touch, but when compared to the 250w HPS, they might as well be mounted to an ice cube! ❄️❄️❄️
These fixtures are made in 4000k veg or 3000k bloom spectrum, but are considered to be a full spectrum light mimicking daylight which can be used for either. This fixture specifically draws 100w but is comparable in output to the 250w HPS, covering a 2x2 area. The technology is becoming more popular these days considering long term costs, as well as the quality of light and production. Check out their other models, the 300w V2 (600w replacement) and 550w V2. We have all 3 models in stock today👍
Hope you enjoyed the update, let me know any questions or comments below! Hope you have a great day, happy gardening!
Paul Davis is the owner of Green Dragon Hydroponics, and an avid gardener with over 12 years experience in focused DIY indoor gardening, both soil and hydroponic applications.