SolarStorm 800 Watt LED Grow Light
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|Distance from light||PAR light output measured in adjusted*µmoles/m2/s at center|
* Luminous output measured using a radio-spectrometer with NIST tracable calibration (calibration certificate available upon request.) Measurements are adjusted to account for plant spectral absorption according to DIN 5031-10.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many watts does the SolarStorm Grow Light consume?
Though reputed to be the leading LED-based Grow Light with the most intensified light-power on the market, it’s amazing how SolarStorm only uses about 50% of what a typical 1000W HPS/MH system consumes on average for an entire grow cycle. Its 160 high-power 5-watt LED emitter packs a total power of 800 watts capacity; however, actual power drawn largely depends on which mode the unit is running. For instance, in vegetative mode, SolarStorm’s approximate consumption reaches to about 450W; in blooming mode, it can expend around 620W. If you use the UVB T8 bulbs when in blooming mode, power usage goes up just a little bit higher at 650W.
What is the average power utilization (in watts) of the SolarFlare Grow Light?
One of the excellent features of the SolarFlare Grow Light series is its 40 topnotch-quality, power-packed 5-watt LEDs that total to a full-power capacity of 200 watts. But you don’t even have to push SolarFlare to its limit. All you need is the actual drawn out power of 165 watts, and you get more than sufficient light that provide high-quality performance at its best, which is just half of the power that a 400W HPS/MH unit utilizes. Now that is a HUGE 50% savings on power consumption!
People are saying that LEDs are excellent for the vegetative phase, but do they also work as well for the blooming phase?
If you have sufficient light with just the right amount of intensity, then YES – absolutely! The most important factor in obtaining the highest yield of healthy blooms is to use grow lights with relatively accurate level of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) for the type of plant you are growing. PAR level is measured in micromoles per sq. meter per sec. or (µmoles/m2/s). Note that the level of PAR required for robust flowering may vary for different types of plants. Potatoes and lettuce, for example, can blossom abundantly with a few hundred µmoles/m2/second; red peppers need a slightly higher level of PAR, while tomatoes require a much elevated level that could be as high as 1000 µmoles/m2/s – or even higher.
One important thing you have to keep in mind is that more light does not mean your plants are getting a great deal of benefits. Plants can only absorb a certain portion of the emitted light, the rest of which just bounces back. The maximum level by which light is efficiently absorbed is known as the plant’s light saturation point. The significance of this is: if you want to attain superb flowering, the plant leaves need to capture adequate PAR intensity of nearly the same level as that of their light saturation point.
The other consideration that you have to be aware of is the part of spectrum where the lights that plants need to absorb, occur the most. Ingeniously designed LEDs are crafted so that the emitted light is more concentrated in the deep red and deep blue wavelengths of the light spectrum, which are practically the core of LED-based light source for flowering plants. So, compared to HID lights, LEDs can definitely give you the edge of achieving the best blooms at lower PAR level. When emitted through precise spectral wavelengths (deep red at 650-670nm and deep blue at 430-460nm), LEDs allow your plants to absorb light in the highest degree possible. The best news is LEDs can efficiently disseminate light with only a minimal PAR value requirement, which is 40% to 50% less than what HID lights require. SolarFlare and SolarStorm both use cutting edge 5-watt LEDs, which, when placed in an ideal position at 18 to 24 inches away from the plant canopy, can provide exceptional flowering outcomes. They are unquestionably the most powerful single-die LEDs out there.
What advantages do LED Grow Lights offer? Why are they better than other types of lights?
To appreciate the advantages of LEDs, you have to understand the drawbacks and disadvantages of other types of grow lights. Before the advent of LED, HPS and MS (more widely known as HID lights) were preferred by indoor horticulture enthusiasts and those who were into plant growing and/or greenhouse businesses. Although HID lights were basically developed for outdoor street lighting purposes, they were the only types of lights that were powerful enough to deliver sufficient PAR levels and stimulate abundant growth and flowering of plants – and for while they did serve the purpose with great results. However, several issues and problems surfaced not long after. Ironically, one of its drawbacks turned out to be the perceived initial benefit it provided. The high-intensity light got a tad too intense for the plants at some point, and there were some adverse effects to the plants. Added to this, HID lights couldn’t handle efficient distribution of light as they were not specifically designed to have “focus”. Disappointingly, there was more heat emitted than useful growing light. Growers ended up paying colossal amounts on enormous energy bills and incurred more costs for additional ducting, fans and other supplemental cooling systems.
Fluorescent lights, on the other hand are a lot milder in terms of heat but they have passable adequacy and competency to do a good job when it comes to vegetative growth. Unfortunately, these types of lights lack the power to quicken and increase blossoming.
Compared to these traditional lights, the LED grow light is way ahead of its time. The forward-looking technology behind LED-based grow lights has allowed them to be designed with efficient, focused light emission and dissemination in mind by using specific spectral wavelengths of primary lights that plants need and absorb the most. What’s more, with some higher end models, you can actually choose (with a tweak of a button) those required light frequencies exclusively! Because of its superb cooling system, LEDs produce less heat, even as they efficiently generate high intensity light for indoor plant growing. Needless to say, this saves you from spending a lot more for additional cooling devices. The most significant advantage that LEDs have over other types of grow lights is the reduced energy wastage, resulting in considerable savings in energy/power cost. SolarFlare and Solar Storm, in particular, can cut your energy cost by half – in some instances, even more – without compromising the best results of enhanced growth of your plants!
Does LED-based grow light last long? What is its average lifespan?
The estimated life of all premium LEDs made in the U.S. and Europe is 50,000 hours, or roughly 12 to 15 years of standard grow cycles. You might not be as lucky with Chinese LEDs, so refrain from buying those cheaper kinds.
What about the price? I’ve heard LEDs cost more than other grow lights.
Searching for the most reasonably-priced growing light solution doesn’t mean you just singularly look at the initial purchase price and decide it’s too expensive. You have to look at the big (cost) picture. Think of it this way…price of the light; price of the cooling system; energy cost over time. Imagine what your electricity bill would look like! While it is true that LEDs tend to be pricier than traditional types at the onset, think about how much more expensive it could get if you buy HID lights, for example – full cost of cooling system: duct, wiring, installation, and the cooler itself, among other things. Factor in the energy cost and you’d realize LEDs can end up saving you a lot more money in the long run. Cutting down your energy usage by 50% is the biggest saving LED-based growing lights can give you. You can actually start to appreciate this benefit in as little as a year. LEDs don’t require bulb changes, ever; and are known to continuously run for more than 50,000 hours – the equivalent of an estimated lifespan of 12 to 15 years in normal circumstances. Traditional light bulbs typically have a lifespan equal to 10,000 hours and in most cases, growers even have to periodically change them every six months or so. A simple calculation should tell you that over a period of 12 years, you could be spending nearly $3000 for EACH 1000-watt HPS bulb. So, when it comes to the big picture, LEDs definitely costs less than any traditional lights.
How much space can SolarStorm and SolarFlare units cover?
Similar to a 1000-watt HPS light, SolarStorm has the capacity to cover a 5 ft X 5 ft space (note that 4sq ft is the ideal area for flowering); while SolarFlare is especially designed for use in a 3 sq ft grow area, pretty much the same as a 400-watt HPS light.
Do SolarStorm and SolarFlare need a ballast to produce light?
Ballasts are NOT necessary for either SolarFlare or SolarStorm, as both grow lights are outfitted with integrated power supplies. Moreover, installation with either one is hassle-free and can be done in as little as two minutes. You only need to hang it and plug it in and it’s good to go. A welcome SolarFlare add-on is the daisy chain provided when you use the piggy-back cords, which makes installation even simpler, allowing a maximum of 8 SolarFlare units to simultaneously utilize a single timer and power outlet.
Does the SolarStorm overheat? Do I need a fan or an air conditioning system to cool it off?
Under normal temperature settings, SolarFlare and SolarStorm grow lights do not require any supplemental cooling. In very rare cases, though, some ventilation may be necessary to maintain the grow room temperature at acceptable levels. The number of units running and the room configuration may have a lot of bearing in such instances.
Can I do the installation process on my own?
You definitely can! Since SolarStorm and SolarFlare don’t need any extraordinary cooling, ducting, electrical wiring or any other tedious stuff, you can simply hang it and plug into a regular 120-voltage outlet. Just make sure that you hang it from secure ceiling hooks firmly screwed into a stud. Then your plants can begin the business of growing!
Is the UVB feature really helpful to plant growth?
Traditional grow lights, and even other LEDs, hardly ever produce UVB. SolarStorm is, in fact, the pioneer in integrating UVB lights into the spectral wavelength for added strength. UVB has been observed to significantly enhance effectiveness in particular flowering plants. (If you are interested to know the technical aspect of this, you can find additional info by simply using Google; type “UVB research by Pate, David W.” or UVB Lyndon, John and Teramura, Alan H.”)
Which other types of grow lights have UVB, if any?
HID lights filter light by an outside glass, so it doesn’t deliver any significant UVB at all. To our knowledge, no other LED grow light on the market has made any provision for UVB spectrum. This may be so because LED emitters are narrow bands; subsequently, the lights are likewise focused in a narrow range. If truth be known, there is no cost-efficient way for LED-based growing light solutions to deliver the UVB feature, which is precisely why SolarStorm uses T8-based fluorescent lights for UVB.
Do I have to keep the UVB light constantly ON?
It has been proven that UVB is at its most effective during the last month (final 4 weeks) of the flowering phase.
When is the ideal time to use the UVB/BLOOM/VEG settings?
It is highly recommended that the VEG setting be initiated during the early stages of vegetative growth; that is, from the early seeds (or clones) until they grow to medium-sized plants. BLOOM setting is ideally appropriate for later vegetative phases, and all throughout the bloom/flowering phases. The UVB setting works best on the latter part of flowering and the finishing stage.