hi all i thought id start a thread showing how an old fossil who spent nearly 40 years growing under hids can change to modern quantum led and not bugger it up!
well my first delve into led did not go well,
my bro bought an led growlight online, tried and failed to grow with it and gave it to me,i tried it and it just bleached the living daylights out of a lovely barneys farm peppermint kush ruining foliage and ending with a sad finish and very little weed!
so you see how this put me of leds for ages and i just stuck with what i know and am used to using without to much problems until i met our @Forest and after watching several of his diaries and seeing such nice results and then the real convincer was a visit to forests and a look in his aladins cave of leds and weed was impressive.
and as he was kind enough to build me a smashing light for cost i have been running exact same strains and phenotypes of bodhi sunshine daydream for some 41 days so far as i previously grew under mh/hps and have been very happy watching good progress and topnotch trichome coverage.
and considering the lamp is of i think 2700k made for flowering mostly and i have both vegged and so far flowered under the same light all the way through.
some differences i have noticed are,firstly transition from veg to flower takes longer by a week,photoperiod plants do not stretch like normal for those 10-14 days and then stop and flower but more continue growing up at same time as flowering all the way through.
also roots continue growth during flowering and easily become rootbound so my next run under the quantum led shall be in either airpots or fibre sacks as forest did warn me i took the chance and repotted mid flower with zero slowdown or ill affects.
you get lots more foliage and will need to do some defoliation esp if you grow scrogs to increase airflow and not any nonsense about fan leaves blocking light to buds an old wives tale disproven many years ago.
temperature is much lower than using hids and extraction never goes above idle but if you grow in a cold place you need to add heat even with the led on.
and you will see your electric bill go down a bit if not supplementing heating
i shall just add that as this is still in progress it could all go tits up yet but i shall add a few pics here and show the same plants last run under 2x250w hps and some this time using the quantum led
first are the hps grown, ssdd td 03 12 18 new settings 006.JPG 408.05KB 0 downloads ssdd td 03 12 18 new settings 005.JPG 406.18KB 0 downloads ssdd td 03 12 18 new settings 001.JPG 415.29KB 0 downloads ssdd td 03 12 18 new settings 016.JPG 605.35KB 0 downloads ssdd td 03 12 18 new settings 001.JPG 415.29KB 0 downloads
these are under the quantum led at 40 days 12-12
ssdd day 37 pc day 2 veg 040.JPG 415.71KB 0 downloads ssdd 33 days pc 28 01 19 039.JPG 241.71KB 0 downloads ssdd 33 days pc 28 01 19 020.JPG 225.84KB 0 downloads ssdd 33 days pc 28 01 19 019.JPG 183.23KB 0 downloads ssdd td 03 12 18 new settings 001.JPG 415.29KB 0 downloads ssdd 33 days pc 28 01 19 020.JPG 225.84KB 0 downloads ssdd 33 days pc 28 01 19 039.JPG 241.71KB 0 downloads
i shall add the pics from here to finish and maybe this will help someone like me who spent time umming and arring to make the quantum leap!peace
i used to love the series