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Re: More SPAM from Prawn (Psst - buy my LEDs)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:38 am
by Prawn Connery

Yeah, that's right - that's why there have been concerns over the amount of UVB given off by twisty CFLs vs tubes and other lighting. In fact, LED companies tout the lack if UV as being an advantage for their indoor product over fluoros.

Re: More SPAM from Prawn (Psst - buy my LEDs)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:53 am
by deran
the diy panel i had in test only consumed 30w with 30 diods and it had a uv and fr diod, so of 30 diods , ionly 1 uv

funny thing , its less "bright" than the fr, you cant see both witgh the naked eye, the cmos tho cought the heat, but not the uv portion

i dont find uv destructive with this test, its the power/amount in ratio to all other bands that matters and that you dont overdo the plants limits

actually, bc tech is moving on, the leds became "too strong" nowadays, that you need to drive em seperatly only for 1 or 2 hours daily, which is enough, with the older weak leds you were able to prolong this time as the total amount of photons hasnt filled up in given time

its like with many things considering life, it can be deadly, but considering you know what you are doing, it will add to life (and fun)

Re: More SPAM from Prawn (Psst - buy my LEDs)

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:41 am
by Prawn Connery
There are a few different theories on this. A lot of guys are running UVA and UVB for a few hours to simulate peak UV times during the day.

For Emerson effect, they are running far red (730m) towards the end of the cycle to simulate dusk. Both of these require separate channels to drive at different times.


The violet-based white phosphor LED we're using (6500K) has a strong peak at 400nm and a little bit of scattered UVA from about 380nm onwards. When mixed with the LEDs below, the UV peak is modest, but it is a high-energy wavelength that other white phosphor LEDs don't provide, so we believe the constant, low exposure to the plant will stimulate oil and terpene production. For food corps, for example, Beta Carotene and Chlorophyll A both have strong peaks below 450nm, which is where most blue-based white phosphor LEDs peak. Violet-based white phosphor LEDs have two peaks at 400-405nm and 450nm. They also emit a fair amount of energy in the 650-750nm range, which also coincides with the second Chlorophyll A peak. Most low CRI (70 80) blue-based LEDs peak below 600nm.


This is the CRI98 LED we're using - it has very strong peaks in the 620nm range and below 450nm. This SPD chart is the 3000K version, as we're using the 2700K version which has less blue. It actually has very good spectral distribution for plant growth on its own, but is not as efficient as the LED below.


This is the main LED used in the panel. Again, this is the 3000K chart and we are using the 2700K LED, which has less blue and green. There are 300x of these, 90x CRI98 and 60x near-UV LEDs for a total of 450. These Nichia CRI90 LEDs are also nicely weighted in the red spectrum and are the most efficient 3030 LED on the market, with tests showing they are actually more efficient than Samsung's flagship LM301B that a lot of other LED board manufacturers are using.

Once the boards have been assembled and we've tested the spectral distribution and total PAR output, we'll be in a better position to know how they compare to other boards on the market, but suffice it to say, it will have arguably the most complete spectrum of any single-channel, single driver board available - which is what were were aiming for. It will also have a nicely weighted red spectrum with enough blue and UVA to boost flowering and oil production, whilst bringing flowering times down with the help of a little far red boost.

Re: More SPAM from Prawn (Psst - buy my LEDs)

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:42 am
by bentech
what do you see as the future of development in this area

driving cost down obviously
BUT the ability to build arrays that are 'tune'able is amazing

it seriously seem to me the only thing lacking now is a mike the plant can step up to and say what it would like more precisely...