goldslinger wrote:I'm working on a 12 Week update on the Sunshine Systems Glow Panel 45 LED lighting system
I'm very interested in this too, Gary. I recently ordered 3 Sunshine Systems GlowPanel 45s too, but haven't had them long enough to judge any results yet, especially in comparison to the much more expensive LED Grow-Master lights.
Just a few days ago I ordered 3 more GlowPanel 45s for a second rack, so it will be very interesting to compare comments and results between your experience and my own, and I will be able to provide a comparison after some evaluation time of the relative differences (if any) of plants grown under both the LED Grow-Master lights and the Sunshine Systems GlowPanel 45 lights.
I'm very happy with the LED growlights so far, and appreciate some of their advantages. But they certainly are expensive. The Sunshine Systems GlowPanel 45s though are at least not too expensive for the amount of coverage they give (I use 3 GlowPanel 45s per four-foot rack, with 4 standard "1020" nursery trays under them (so named because they are 10 inches wide and 20 inches long), for a total of 800 square inches or 128 small 2.25" square pots of Venus Flytraps and other plants.
For this amount of shelf space (4 feet by 20 inches), the LED lights to cover that area are, in comparison--
LED Grow-Master LGM 540: 6 LED light arrays, each costing $250.00, for a total of $1,500.00 per shelf
Sunshine Systems GlowPanel 45: 3 LED light arrays, each costing $150.00, for a total of $450.00 per shelf
I too am somewhat worried or concerned about the longevity and cheapness of the LEDs in the cheaper Sunshine Systems units. Only time will tell regarding that.
I'm excited about your experiment and experiences as well as my own with LED grow lights, and hopefully our experiences and reports can help others decide what they may or may not want to do with regard to artificial plant lighting.