LED Grow Light Kit
|ASSEMBLY: Quick & Easy Solderless Set-Up||SPECTRUM: Multi-Spectrum Infrared to Royal-Blue|
|LENGTHS: Varying, from 10-Inches to 40-Inches||SAVINGS: Long Lasting, Energy Saving & More!|
|WATTAGE: Varying, from 75W to 300W||LEDS: Cree LEDs|
|OPTIONAL: Controller for on/off & sunrise/sunset||SET-UP: Step-by-step Instructions & Video Included|
This indoor grow kit is designed to make purchasing and setting-up your own DIY LED grow light simple. The MakersLED heat sink design is an excellent choice for grow applications, it easily mounts or hangs, has a rugged design and fan to help dissipate heat and the t-slots provide a perfect way to secure the LED board. The printed LED circuit board(s) that the kit comes with has a total of 30 multi-spectrum LEDs per board. It is custom designed for the MakersLED and the LEDs have been placed in specific locations to make connections solderless and mix the wavelengths up evenly. The LED board includes screw-in terminal jacks for fast connections to power and holes for securing the board to the heatsink as well as holes for mounting secondary lenses to focus the light. To help with the planning and building process, we include a wiring schematic and step-by-step instructions as well as a video tutorial; basically everything you need to have a high-quality, working, long-lasting indoor LED grow light. Below is a complete list of the product IDs that are included so if you wish to research the components and their capabilities you can.
Simulating natural sunlight should be the objective of any grow light, which is what we considered when picking the array used here. A formal list is below in the chart: we used Far Red (740nm), Photo Red or Deep Reed (660nm), Red (630nm), Royal Blue (450nm) and Warm-White (covers the entire spectrum, but peaks around 450nm and 660nm).
Each board has 5 channels of LEDs; each channel has a total of 6 LEDs in-series, making a total of 30 LEDs per board. The center row is Royal-Blue, the surrounding rows are mixed with Red and white and the two outside rows are Photo Red and Far Red.
This LED grow kit is scalable, because every plant and every grow set-up is different we offer different length, which allows for more grow boards on one heat sink. The standard lengths are in increments of 10-inches up to 40-inches. A 10-inch kit would include 1 grow board, a 20-Inch kit would include 2 LED boards and a 40-inch kit would include 4 grow boards.
Grow lights are commonly categorized by wattage. But, because LEDs are more efficient that older grow light technologies, you can't compare LED wattage with Metal-Halide (MH) or High Intensity Discharge (HID). We consider a 100-watt LED light to be equivalent to a 200-watt MH or HID. Using low voltage LEDs, in addition to saving energy, also are much safer and cooler than the MH or HID. This significanly lowers costs and helps keep your grow area from getting too hot. For a comprehensive overview on growing with LEDs, check out this post: 5-Steps to Super Yields with LEDs: Indoor Growing Guide that Actually Tells You How!
Besides deciding how much light/wattage/coverage you need for your plants. We also offer a controller with this grow kit that allows you to easily set the time-of-day and control when the light turns on and off. The controller also can ramp up and ramp down the light at the beginning and end of the day to simulate sunrise and sunset. We like this feature as it simulate the natural environment. The controller has other features as well, which can allow you to control light output of each channel individually and create moonlight, cloud cover and lightning storms.
Excellent first LED project kit
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01/28/2014 - 04:24:54 PM
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I have been pouring through the internet for a long time looking for a good quality LED grow light that doesn't cost a fortune, without much success. I was a little hesitant about building my own, but this kit makes it easy. The kit comes with the right number and color of LEDs, plus the heat sink, drivers, power supplies - even fans and a lexan cover. I did have some questions regarding how to wire things up. I called LEDSupply and a tech. there answered all of my questions. I definitely recommend this kit!
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What does the MakersLED Kit include?
What are the dimensions of the fixture?
How many LEDs can be mounted to a 12 inch MakersLED?
Why are there so many slots for the splash guard?
Lenses come in all heights and the multiple slots allow the splash guard to keep close to the lenses. Depending on lens height, the splash guard may help hold the lenses onto the LED’s.
The additional slots could also allow for printed circuit boards (PCBs) to be slid into the fixture for power inlets, interconnects, or LED drivers.
One could also design a custom piece of opaque acrylic with holes for your LEDs to illuminate through if you wanted to cover up wiring (shown below). Ponoko and Pololu both offer affordable acrylic laser cutting services. Inkscape is free software which you can design the artwork in.
In most cases, when the LEDs are turned on, they will be so bright you won’t be able to see the underside even when you are looking! The built in t-slots also offer a great place to tuck your wires into for a clean look. Long lengths of extrusion also help hide wires.
What material is the MakersLED made from?
MakersLED is made of heat sink grade 6063 aluminum. Plastic parts are made of ABS plastic.
What type of fan is included?
The fan is a standard 92mm x 25mm fan. Any fan with these dimensions will also work. It is a 12VDC fan.
How is the fan powered?
We recommend purchasing an AC to DC power adapter with a 4-pin molex PC power connector, however any 12v DC power source with enough amperage will work.
What type of LED’s can be used with the housing?
Just about any LED can be used with the MakersLED fixture. Even though the T-slots are based upon 20mm stars, many other sizes and designs can be used. Larger LED boards and triple diode ‘pucks’ can be turned and bolted down at angles. Strip style LED’s can be mounted in virtually any direction, parallel, perpendicular, or at angles.
Do I have to solder my LED’s?
No, soldering is not necessarily needed. There are a number of plug and play or friction fit electrical connections to the LEDs. However, soldering can be easily mastered and is the recommended connection. We will offer information on an inexpensive soldering iron and a how-to video describing this process. It really is easy!
Is thermal paste needed?
Yes. We strongly suggest using thermal paste or thermal grease to effectively dissipate heat from your LED’s. Heat will deteriorate your LED’s, decreasing light output and longevity.
Using less thermal paste is better than using too much. The thermal paste’s job is to fill in the minute imperfections of the two surfaces. Standing air is a bad thermal conductor. Aluminum to aluminum contact will almost always outperform thermal paste.
Why use T-slots for mounting LED’s when there are alternatives, such as double stick thermal pads and tapes?
We do not recommend using double stick thermal pads and tapes because of their poor thermal performance. In addition, the T-slots offer a clear advantage because of their ease of use and ability to reconfigure LED locations at any time.