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#1 User is offline   baktao 

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 09:28 AM

120W LED lights indoor growing setup in my room

It has been a long journey for me in cherry tomatoes growing and I've seen a few batches of my plants either didn't start off well or eventually didn't get enough sunshine. Since then, I've decided to go into LED growing so I don't need to rely on the sun anymore! Below pictures are what I have in my initial phase setup... hope to share this so others can pick this up too!

There are many "myths" and "half truths" about LED growing online and the massive overflow of information makes it hard to decipher anything but here's what I gathered...

1) LED lights lifespan is about 40,000 hours, this makes it 2 or 3 times more lasting than floursecent tubes...

2) Plants need red, blue, orange spectrum to grow - mostly red. I think blue is for growth, red is for blooming. They filter out most of the other spectrums hence your standard flourescent lights are wasting the rest.

3) LED lights have high startup cost, but is more energy efficient than LED lights simply because we only use the spectrums required!

4) I don't know about running costs because well, Singapor utility bills statement will more effectively show that! (which I'm yet to find out)

5) Other than your lights, you'll need an enclosure to reflect back the LED lights onto the plant and the sides so that it's evenly spread. I suggest plain white background or mylar sheets for that.

6) I'm still using soil but if this works, hydroponics is the next thing I'm gonna try my hand on!

Anyway, I'm now at stage (1) of my project...

(A) 120W LED lights bought from LEDPrincess (do a google) at $250 (special promo price). It can cover a growth area about of about 3ft x 2ft, has the AC plug already (I live in a HDB and works), they supply the hooks and lines so you can drill a hole in your ceilign to hang it

(B)/>/>/> Bought a simple rack from NTUC boonlay ($59.90), this rack is very simple and low cost, I can also reuse it as well, a rack if i fail again. But this system allows me to change the heights of the LED lights quickly and the structure means, i can simply use thick white poster boards for quick change housing (for now that is)... Of course, the downside is this rack is only about 2ft x 1 ft, and it's a small space to grow, I'll have to find some ways to grow more

That's all for now.... waiting for my seeds to arrive before I can grow!!!

Hope it's useful for anyone intending to start LED light growing.... if you want to try on a small scale, they have those 5 or 10W from qoo i think... cheap cheap $10 or something.

Pictures below

http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp101/thebleuparade/white_zps1b8336f1.jpg
http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp101/thebleuparade/IMG_20140165_zpsc011f04e.jpg
http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp101/thebleuparade/IMG_20140168_zps0c71037f.jpg
http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp101/thebleuparade/IMG_20140164_zps3d7d5964.jpg

This post has been edited by baktao: 04 July 2014 - 09:31 AM

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#2 User is offline   oolongmilktea 

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:05 PM

super nice. keep posting to let us know the progress.
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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

Very innovative!
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:34 AM

my estimate...

120W X 10hrs X 30 days = 36KWh

36 X 0.2573(rates) = $9.26

People use it from 8 to 15 hrs per day.not sure how many hours used.
SP did not take readings every month. They do an average. This I don't know how they calculate it.
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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:14 PM

View PostAhSeng, on 07 August 2014 - 09:34 AM, said:

my estimate...

120W X 10hrs X 30 days = 36KWh

36 X 0.2573(rates) = $9.26

People use it from 8 to 15 hrs per day.not sure how many hours used.
SP did not take readings every month. They do an average. This I don't know how they calculate it.


Yes you are right! $10-$15 a month....

Anyway, good news is, my chery tomtatoes have been growing and expanding at a crazy rate. I ran out of space and abandoned my sunflower and lettuce projects...... now my worry is that the lower leaves wont get enougb light! even though i have white backgrounds all round to reflect back.

Its now about 1 month, in another 1-2months, they should begin fruiting so we shall see how that goes!!!

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/icebombfk1/IMG_20140926_zps1c93a58a.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/icebombfk1/IMG_20140925_zps0fc28825.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o317/icebombfk1/IMG_20140923_zps1a2f9cb7.jpg
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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:41 AM

https://www.facebook.com/LEDprincess
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#7 User is offline   baktao 

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:42 AM

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1973920_10152775659023689_9169204269321854421_o.jpg

TOMATOES!
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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:55 AM

Congrats !
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#9 User is offline   baktao 

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:55 PM

Thanks Brett!
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 08:48 PM

View Postbaktao, on 10 October 2014 - 07:55 PM, said:

Thanks Brett!



wah, i am going to get one to grow chill!
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Posted 11 March 2015 - 01:21 PM

Hi,
where did you buy the cherry tomato seed?
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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:51 PM

View PostCamou, on 11 March 2015 - 01:21 PM, said:

Hi,
where did you buy the cherry tomato seed?


You can actually grow cherry tomatoes from seeds of those grocery bought cherry tomatoes. Or you can also buy heirloom seeds from seeds sellers, like theseedmaster.com, and "known you" brand seeds sold in several nurseries.
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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:56 PM

Thanks for the info.
I already got mine from a fellow forumer here.
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