Any of you growmies build your own lights.
I got a couple friends who have built their own led lights already and they're crushing it to be quite honest. We basically mimicked the nextlight max using Samsung chip boards "I belive 501b's" and 2 280watt meanwell drivers and 1/8" extruded aluminum sheeting for the frame/heat sink. Came in right around $500 for the same as the max light with upgraded drivers. Working at a hydro store I've been lucky enough to get my hands on the new nextlights and others so I've been able to check em out top to bottom and the heat drop is the best part about them and really where the power savings comes in. Not only from the drop in consumption on the light but from the drop on the cooling of the room... that saves more than the drop on watts for the lite. Here's a hi ornate starting to flower under it
I personally will be putting some together the next time I'm in the market for lights but I'm still running my sunsystem lec's with a couple California lightworks solar storms and kind lite bars dropped in and I don't think I could get a better quality flower across the board. Great size, the density is unreal and trichome and terp production is thru the roof. Heres eagle scout and tomahawk under my lighting combo
Yes, as crazy as it sounds I have been using 6 bulb vanity strips (bathroom style) with screw in LED bulbs (14 watt, 2700K). They have worked very well for my small (2×3 running 18 bulbs) personal grow. It's a total of 252 watts and I hit around .8 to .9 grams per watt with a really imperfect environment.
The pros to this are that I can upgrade the bulbs with new tech as time goes on, easy swap out for different spextrum combinations, and this fixture was cheap to build.
The cons are it would be a hassle to light an area more than 4×4 or so and people are probably going to be very dismissive of it, in comparison to more legit light sources.