Fluence Spydr, or Chinese knock off?

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4 months ago

The Fluence Spydr 2 series LED Grow Light

Over the past 5 or so days I've been going over grow lights like it was a college research project. I've landed on the conclusion that Fluence is the industry leader in LED grow lights, and really, grow lights period. From what I have heard about this companies lights is that they stand above the competition in terms of product quality to a level that clearly separates them from the pack.

Mother Magnolia Medicinals

Testimonials are where it's at, and this is a strong one here. I think it's good to see what people who use the products think about them.

Alaska-Grown Cannabis

I can't find anyone saying anything bad about these lights. Highly efficient, better yield, better quality, what more could you really ask for?

Price

The problem is the price tag. I have heard from a lot of people you want a PPFD between 700-1000 µmol/m2/s to product really high quality cannabis. Their hobbyist model starts at $880 and only gets you an average of 550 µmol/m2/s. The 2p Model gets you an average nearly double that, roughly around 1000 µmol/m2/s. The 2p is a $1400 light.

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Alibaba knock off

Someone found me an Alibaba knock off of the Spydr 2p light. With shipping this would run just a bit under $700, which would be half the price of the Fluence model of the light. What would you go with? Is it a risk to buy from a Chinese manufacturer? Is it worth saving $700? Let me know what you think.



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I've risked it to the tune of $900 myself. I got QB panels from a Chinese shop and the workmanship isn't a problem. But you have to be sure the components they're using are as efficient as you'd expect. That's where you'll see the shortfall if it's there. I did my homework, and it took awhile to sort it all out.

If you're considering a DIY setup, you can do the same thing with strips made by Samsung itself, for about a buck a watt. I have 670 watts of QBs in a 4x4. The strips are available from Digikey, etc.

But in general, these new white diodes are far more efficient than anything else available, and they're not crazy expensive. Blurples are zombie-tech now.

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That's for the info. I'm still waiting on JB to sign the bill to pull the trigger on buying stuff, but all good stuff to consider.

Part of me feels like $700 is worth avoiding a headache, but that's also a months rent.

Based on experience buying Chinese clones of almost everything over the years, you would likely end up with a product somewhere between the hobbyist model and the 2p. That being said every time you buy a Chinese clone of any product you`re rolling the dice.

I personally would risk it.

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I agree with your words.

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Big risk if it doesn't pay off. I'm considering it though

Depends, I'd get a smoke alarm if you're getting a knockoff :p