Ah I meant nothing by it Six ;) just some nonsense to keep the thread going... if you haven't seen it, look up the, "I like turtles kid". It has become one of my life quotes.i was referencing the prior post,maybe when he does the light drawing he can draw you some turtles :happy:
My experience with the CLW 550;I was accepted into a test program they are running, Has anyone used them or have any feedback at all before I go all in. Thanks
I don't really understand what you are getting at with the drawings. Are we assuming that they are the same amount of light? The second drawing has much more light that is hitting the walls and being lost most likely and at least severly weakened along with much less u/mol at center. I really don't want more larf but I want a filled canopy with everything the light touches to be smoked and getting hit with high u/mol where its needed to ensure the canopy is full and there is not much larf.I can't draw turtles so here is a scribbly drawing of why light patterns matter. Last 3 cycles I had almost no larf (popcorn buds) because even the smallish buds in the lower canopy swelled up to full maturity and were quite usable. the reason: Diversity of angle, light that can get to the lower buds. I trim everything out under the net but you often have lower buds that are shadowed by leaves and flowers above and the light sources being spread out will allow for a lot of that high angle light to sneak in under the other leaves.
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Im using 2 550's and I love rhem. If you have the controler you have a completely different light. I can control my color spectrum i can have sunrise and sunset. It really changes the game.I see several problems with this light:
1. Spectrum is way blurple, very low CRI (color rendition Index)
2. From an optical standpoint there is no way an LED light source that is only 18" square can evenly distribute light over a 4X4 flower area. They put them in small boxes cause its cheap and easy to ship. However, any serious fixture has the LEDs spread over the entire grow footprint like typical COBs are setup or like the Spyder X which has the LED strip lights.
3. It supposedly is 40% more efficient (this seems like a big stretch). Not sure what parameters they used but 40% is hard to believe. The spec says it uses 0-800 watts (true out of the wall power) so at full power is it really 1120 watts of effective light? Not buying it. Their description says it makes as much light as a 1,000 watt HID and is 40% more efficient, which means the most it should draw from the wall is 600 watts....something doesn't add up.
4. Price. $1799 for a light that has such poor spectrum and coverage.