Sponsored Comparison Journal
600w vs SF4000, VS4300, PL4500
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I would like to start this journal off by saying THANK YOU to those who were interested enough with this comparison to participate in it!
I am an old school “Hippie” grower that has spent the last 17 years running various different sizes of HID’s.
I have ran everything from 250w digital ballasts, all the way up to a 1kw magnetic ballast and in between.
In the years that I have been growing, I’ve always had my wife in my ears about how my garden setup is consuming too much hydro and that I needed to start growing outdoors more to bring the hydro down.
For the past few years I’ve let my wife talk me into running outdoors for flowering, but this year I was determined to put up my indoor garden again, regardless of how much I have to listen to her complain…
After months “winter, spring and summer this year” I finally talked her into letting me put up the garden again, but she didn’t want me to hang all of the HID’s I have “several of them ranging from 250w-1000w”, instead she wants me to use as little hydro as possible…
I started talking to her about LED’s and how they are showing to be better lights, save on hydro, and produce better results.
At first she was curious about them, but then she seen how much some of these LED’s costs and instantly said, “The lights you have work fine, you do not need new lights, just use less”…
Me being me I was not taking her no for an answer.
After spending all of our “Canada’s Wonderland” vacation money on dirt this summer, I figured why not push her more. “she was and is still PISSED about me taking our vacation money, what’s just a little bit more going to do lol”
I went out and found a @spiderfarmerled SF4000 from an off duty officer “IRONIC AS FEK” who tried his hand in growing tomatoes and fruits, but it wasn’t for him, so he sold me the light to me for a good price… “He knew I was a Hippie, I carry that old bearded hippie look everywhere I go”
Once the SF4000 was hung and plugged in I started to get the idea of comparing it to the HID, then I started to think “it’s a good time to piss the wife off, I love pissing her off,” I got the idea in my head that I wanted to buy more lights, not only because we all love lights, but because I need them if I am going to convert back indoors… “I am not going to settle with her idea of running just 2 600w HPS in this flower room”, that would be unacceptable compared to what I ran before.
I thought maybe I would see if some of these companies would have some nice holiday sales coming up and which would be the best option to go with…
As I started to look around it made me curious “which light option would be the best for this range of power”, not only with amount of light produced, but also budget friendly as well…
I figured that since I have the SF4000, it would be a good base comparison…
As I started to talk to several different companies about their lights and which lights of theirs would compare to this range, to my surprise a couple of them decided they liked the idea of their lights being compared in this range and they offered to sponsor this comparison run!!
So without any further delays…
Here is the set up in which this comparison run will be held.
The way it is laid out is I have the SF4000 on the far back left, the VS4300 in the middle, the PL4500 on the far right, and directly across from them, centered to the VS4300, is the 600w HPS
Comparison Room: 10ft x 13ft x 7.5ft
Method Of Growing:
Organic pre mixed soil with various organic additives… I will give all the ingredients and such in a more detailed “mixing” update.
I will be running 4 plants in 15 gallon pots each that I fill with this mix, they will all get the same treatment.
I am going to run 1 plant under each light and put the goal to “1 lb per plant”…
Let’s see if we can pull this off!
Strain Being Ran:
Dotz “Runtz x Stardawg”
I will also be adding a trellis system to the room and other updates as we go along…
I will keep this journal updated at least 1 time a week, maybe more if there are things developing…
Thanks again to all those involved and I am really looking forward to this journey!
Also comments are welcomed in this thread, I would just like to keep it organized and not get off topic too much as we go along, this will be a long journal as it takes a while to veg for 1lb plants.