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.
We’ve officially hit the 1 year mark and what better way to celebrate than giving something away? Up for grabs is a brand new Horticulture Lighting Group HLG 65 light, which is great for vegging up to a 2’x2′ space. Just log in to the gleam app below and follow the instructions to enter. The giveaway is open to anyone 21 and older in the USA and Canada (excluding Quebec). The rest of the terms and conditions are visible in the bottom-left of the box below.
LEDGardener.com HLG 65 Veg. Light Giveaway
Think you know the ins and outs of DIY LED? Put your knowledge to the test and see how you do on this little quiz! This quiz is aimed at intermediate users with some borderline advanced stuff sprinkled in, but it doesn’t hurt to give it a go even if you’re new, since there are explanations for all the answers at the end of the test – just click “VIEW QUESTIONS” after you finish the quiz.
I’ve had a number of requests to add a forum lately and I love the idea.
Rather than just communicate on a one-to-one basis via email, I’d really like to put all of these questions and answers out in the open so others can benefit and participate in the discussion as well. I had initially tried a forum several months ago using a WordPress plugin, but I found it sort of lacking and was immediately overrun with spam registrations and other bullshit. After messing with a few different forums, I settled on phpBB and like how it works so far.
Now, I definitely need your help to get this thing going. If you like the site, have a question, or just want to chat with like-minded people who enjoy this hobby, I encourage you to sign up and make a post. I’ve talked with so many interesting people with great ideas and insights just through the “Contact” button on the site, and would love to get these ideas and inspirations out where everyone can see them, critique them, adopt them, improve them, and so on. One of my main goals when I started writing here was to really focus on community and bring other people who are into this little niche together – I think this is the way to do it and I hope to see you all there.
The addition of the forum doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing the blog – I intend to continue doing what I’m doing – this is just a means to get everyone more involved and get some input from all of the brilliant minds out there.
I’ve added a link to the forum on the main menu, or you can just punch in ledgardener.com/forum to reach it as well. Without a doubt, things will be rocky to start, but we’ll get it figured. As always, I’m open to feedback as well.
Now get your ass over there and post something!
Huzzah! I can finally measure my light properly!
I got my new Apogee SQ-500 quantum sensor in the mail yesterday and I found some time to play with it tonight. This thing is pretty slick. This sensor comes in a few different styles – you can get it attached to a handheld meter that gives you a digital readout (MQ-500), you can get it as just the sensor with a USB termination on the end (SQ-520), or you can get it with bare wires (SQ-500), which is what I opted for. In order to read the data from this sensor, you just hook up the wire leads to your multimeter and read the DC voltage output.
I’ve been rambling on here for about 4 months now and it’s awesome to have more and more people reaching out via email or comments. Since i’m feeling far too spent to do any useful research tonight, what I’d like to dedicate this post to is finding out what you all would like to see more of. Before I get into that though, I have to share how pumped I am about something: I just placed my order for an Apogee SQ-500 quantum sensor today (finally!), so I’m super fucking excited to get my hands on it and start doing some testing with it when it arrives in a week or two. In the meantime, I’ve been brainstorming on what I can try with this new tool and have a come up with a few things.