I’ve been working on a little experiment lately.
I’ve got got 3 little 2’x2′ spaces set up in the basement, and each of them has a single Quantum Board in it. The first space on the left is a 4000K 80 CRI board, the second in the middle is a 3000K 80 CRI board, and the third is a 3000K 90 CRI board. Each of the 3 spaces has 4 jalapeno plants in it from the same pack of seeds, and I’m feeding all 12 plants the same amount of nutrients from the same batch, at the same time. All 3 boards are getting the same amount of power and are hung at the same height.
From Instagram live: Taking another run at overpowering a QB288, this time with an HLG-600H-54 and a boost converter. Sorry for the crappy quality and vertical video – the format it saves to isn’t great for watching on PC.
This video covers the results of an experiment I did in order to determine how much power it’d take to destroy an HLG QB288 and QB304 Quantum Board. I was pretty damn surprised!
This is a subject I touched on in an earlier video where I tried to run about 175 volts worth of LED (5 COBs) off of a driver only rated for 143 volts max. The result in that test was that the driver maintained its full voltage (~143v), but put out next to nothing for current. What I set out to test this time was what would happen if you were trying to pull just a handful of volts more than the driver was rated for, as opposed to trying to pull 30+ more than rated. By adding resistors in series with my 4 COB lights, I was able to slowly increase the voltage drop of my circuit to meet and exceed the max rating of my driver and see how it reacted.
In a previous post, I built a pair of space buckets to start my 3000K and 5000K peppers in. The buckets worked excellently – they made it really easy to control temperature, humidity and airflow, and they got my peppers off to a great start. One of the best features of the buckets was how much light made it from the COB down to the plant canopy – especially after the walls were painted white. Off of a single Vero 18 COB, at the very bottom of the bucket I was getting a PPFD of 500 µMol/m2/S and at 12″ away from the COB, I was getting 1,100 µMol/m2/S. Having seen how well these worked, earlier this week, I set out to test out another popular “Space” device: the mighty Space Tote. Continue reading
As I’m getting my shit together for this build, I’ve been testing a few different things along the way. This weekend, I assembled my strips into 2 lights that would be similar to the Horticulture Lighting Group’s QB288 boards. Each of the lights is comprised of 12 strips with each strip containing 24 diodes, for a total of 288 diodes per light. For now, I just taped all the strips together, then fastened each “light” to a piece of wood to be able to hang them easier.
In this video, we’ll have a look at what happens when the sum of your COB voltage drop in a circuit is below the minimum constant current region voltage of your driver, as well as what happens when it’s above the maximum constant current region voltage of your driver.