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LED panels. Anybody use something like this?

This is a discussion on LED panels. Anybody use something like this? within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I consider trying a few of these for my paphs. Anybody in here use something ...

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    Default LED panels. Anybody use something like this?

    I consider trying a few of these for my paphs. Anybody in here use something like that?
    They are either 30w or 45w, 12" x 12"

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    While I'm sure they'd be fine, and I'd always go for more wattage - as well-thought-out as such a panel may be, it really doesn't add much over using some white Cree outdoor floodlights available from the big, orange hardware store, and likely costs a great deal more. Not to mention the odd coloration your plants will appear with so little white light in those panels.

    The particular lamp I have used is a 19W, 3000°K, 40° floodlight, and costs about $13, plus fixtures. I just used clamp-on types, costing under $9 each, so you could have the equivalent wattage for $66, not to mention more flexibility in positioning.

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    I would agree with Ray completely. To that I can also add that I tried one square blue/red/white next to one white light, LED, 5000 K (same shape, same number of watt). Based on one years usage it is pretty clear that the result was much better with the white LED. Although the wavelengths of the blue/red seem to make sense, the light hitting the plants is less compared to the white light. You will also notice that the blue/red light assembly gets warmer and that's how the blue/red light energy is lost. In addition, the plants look seriously sick under the blue/red light. From now on I will only buy white light and choose high power (more watt).

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    I have one 245watt panel made by a well known European maker as a horticultural light, which I use mounted on a track light, so that it moves back and forth along a 2 metre track (6' 8") and lights a patch about 5' wide and say 8' long. Seems to be good, certainly various plants below it are growing and flowering well - in particular Dendrobiumbigibbum type hybrids, , a big Miltonia more liana currently starting to open six spikes, and a couple of trays of Phalaenopsis seedlings. Probably a pic of the set up in a series of postings I did a coupe of months ago about my complete greenhouse set-up.

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    I just ordered two 30w LED floodlights in daylight color. Will make an experiment with them for a while to see how they perform.

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    Okay. first tests give me plenty of light for paphs, using only two 30w floodlights for a 90x45cm shelf. only the temp might be a problem as they don't give the same heat as the bulbs do. Working on it.

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    But that is one of the points ( advantages) of LEDs - they don't fry the plants !

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    True, but since I use an unheated room in my basement, they need to give enough to bring up temp a few degrees.
    I think I'm good to go though, but I'll wait with moving plants for a few days. Won't hurt to monitor it for a few days 🙂
    I'm working on a system that will allow me to have both cold and warm plants almost side by side. It'll work - it has to 😁
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    I had my "seedling nursery" in an unheated basement, and I added heat via the inexpensive heat mats that are intended to fit under standard nursery trays. They were 17 watts, a bit over 9" x 18", don't need a controller (just plug them in) and with plants sitting right on them, they are designed to boost the root zone temperature about 10-15F.


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