- Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:35 pm
Nobody apparantly has tried them, but that never stops me from giving My opinion.
it's only a 10 watt unit, and someone in the 'reviews' section commented that it wasn't the correct spektrum anyway. You may notice a difference on a houseplant like a philedandrum (sp?) but for sun loving plants like the vft, You would probably have to have them almost touching the plants to have any benefit. I think it's a cheap knock off of the 45's that We've been speaking of, IMO. I think a Chinese company soldered a bunch of blue and red led's together without regard to spektrum, knowing that some percentage of that would be in the target range. My 2 cents.
I could be dead wrong, if You want to try them, You would not be out alot of money if they don't work, and You could give a review.
If You can't afford led's right now, HO t-5 Fluoresents are Your best bet.
I like the 'Sunblaze' brand. Very good and You can join many together and they are UL listed, but not expensive, like some units. They are sold as single strips so You can space them individually over the width You want on a shelf. Highly recommend if You go T5.
The main reason I trying LED'S is to have a better, more focused light benefit to the plants, per watt, to save money on many units that I need. I also like not having the U.V. and heat burn on the edges of the leaves, teeth, etc. especially in My low humidity of 27% right now. I also, like Steve, need something milder for plants just deflasked from tissue culture, and would hopefully give them a good jump start, better rooting (red light), and faster, denser growth.
Better production and quality to the customers, to put it in a nutshell.
LED'S are definately not for show, unless You waste some wattage on units that have white led's mixed with them. Your plants will look very ugly under them.
I, like Steve, are trying them for commercial applications, but I think there are benefits to be had to Anyone at this point. I am going to post more pics soon, and You can see for Yourself.
The Beatings will continue until Morale improves!