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    white light works great for plants as it contains a full spectrum. of course not all white light is created equal and can have different ratios of red, blue, yellow etc. the blurple LEDs just cut out many of the colors that are not vital to the plants' growth. As a hobby grower, I will always use white purely for my own viewing pleasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepenthesl0ve View Post
    As a hobby grower, I will always use white purely for my own viewing pleasure.
    This is one of the reasons I love my Finnex LED setup. I've watched too many videos where they use those "blurple" lights and you can't see detail or the natural beauty of the plants. Just a dark outline of everything.

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    I went very cheap.
    Yescom White LED Panel about $22-$25



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    Oh and I grew Groot


    And N. jamban. About 40 Neps so far under these lights.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coursair View Post
    I went very cheap.
    Yescom White LED Panel about $22-$25
    so you have had these lights for about 5 months now? any issues?
    i too have been looking at cheap LED lights to begin my sarracenia-from-seeds project. i noticed one comment warning you away from "cheap ($100-300)" lights. i was thinking more in the 20 to 80$ range!! my problem is, they just arent branded. i realise I need a light with the spectra provided, but are any reliable? are the companies honest?

    just wondering about the experience with truly cheap LED setups.

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    Inexpensive LED grow light.

    Quote Originally Posted by NewspaperFort View Post
    so you have had these lights for about 5 months now? any issues?
    i too have been looking at cheap LED lights to begin my sarracenia-from-seeds project. i noticed one comment warning you away from "cheap ($100-300)" lights. i was thinking more in the 20 to 80$ range!! my problem is, they just arent branded. i realise I need a light with the spectra provided, but are any reliable? are the companies honest?

    just wondering about the experience with truly cheap LED setups.

    Iím growing mainly Nepenthes, with a few Helis, Drosera, Pings, Utrics and one Ceph.
    My Sarrs and VFT are outside.


    The Yescom lights have worked very well for me.

    For Sarrs you might try T5HO. I have had good results with these. But again I donít grow Sarrs indoors

    Pics are from Yescom panels. One per shelf

    VIVOSUN 6500K 2FT T5 HO Fluorescent Grow Light Fixture for Indoor Plants, UL Listed High Output Fluorescent Tubes, 4 Lamps https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFNLMQW..._HZZ0Db24P9G2M




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    Don't have any pics handy, but I have had yescoms on almost all my plants (dews, Neps, pings, utrics, cephs) for the last 3-4 months and they've done well. The only issues I've heard from others are 1) packaging isn't great so they can arrive bent, and 2) I know of one person who had one of theirs burn out after not that long. But in both cases they were able to get them replaced without too much of a hassle.
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    In my experience, cheap (think $20-$50) chinese lights have a few problems:
    • the manufacturers typically recommend running them for no more than 4-6 hours a time so they need to be turned off for an hour or so at a time if you want longer photoperiods (which you almost certainly do)
    • while they can be more efficient than non-LEDs, you can get 50-100% more usable light for the same power when using relatively good LEDs
    • they tend to produce more heat under the panels than you'd expect from LEDs


    That said, yescom panels may be an exception. I haven't used them myself but have heard good things (as you can see in this thread).

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