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Wine cooler lights

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Mat Brutger, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. Mat Brutger

    Mat Brutger Active Member

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    Hey everyone,
    Thanks for answering all my questions as I build out this new setup! Does anyone have a waterproof light they recommend for internally lighting a wine cooler orchidarium? I want to make sure whatever I use to light this thing isn’t going to get ruined by the humidity and occasional splash of water.

    Mat
     
  2. J E

    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Definitely led since anything else will produce too much heat. That's all I can tell you.
     
  3. Sabinchen

    Sabinchen Well-Known Member

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    I use LED floodlights for outdoors, but it product heat too. But you can use LED-stripes and mount the electrical parts at the outside. Look at that.
    aquaLUMix LED-Aquarienleuchte SEAWATER
     
  4. nodrog6

    nodrog6 New Member

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    I use Fluence Ray22 lights (indoor spectrum). Not sure on water resistance, but they've been fine in high humidity with nearby hand misting in my terrarium.
     
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    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    How long have you had them?
     
  6. nodrog6

    nodrog6 New Member

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    4 years so far
     
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  7. weeand

    weeand Well-Known Member

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    D'Orb LED from Tropic Dust
    12 W

    Light temperature
    65% - 6500K + 35% - 4500K

    Total lumen output
    1560 lm

    a lot of light :)
     
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  8. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    I've been using DIY linear modules (and COB LEDs) in a acrylic enclosure (3'x2'x2') and grow tents for several years. The light fixtures experiences high humidity (around 90%) in my enclosure, but it doesn't get splashed by water too frequently since I water by hand. When I use misting system in there (i.e. during the vacation), I turn on the mister at night after the light goes out. The LED drivers are outside to reduce the heat build up. Lots of commmercial fixtures are not as efficient as they can be. Low efficiency means that the energy is used to heat up the enclosure, so it might be worth building your own to maximize the efficiency (you can control the balance of efficiency vs cost vs total light output). If the fixture gets consistently splashed, I wouldn't go with this route, though.

    I think Bridgelux EB-strip Gen 3 Slim is pretty economical now:
    https://www.bridgelux.com/sites/def...eries Slim Gen3 Data Sheet 20190620 Rev A.PDF

    It fits inside of the 3/4" aluminum C-channel (used as a heatsink) like this:
    Samsung Linear LED module H-series Gen. 3
    EB non-slim version doesn't fit.
     
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  9. Alex Shepack

    Alex Shepack Active Member

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    I've been using a Finnex Planted+ for about 18 months. I like the light spectrum on it, and things seem to grow well. It also seems quite durable and well sealed. I use the pre-programed setting so it changes throughout the day, but it can be a bit strong at times.
     
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  10. Mat Brutger

    Mat Brutger Active Member

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    Thanks for the tips everyone! For the record, I did reach out to Fluence and they said their lights are not waterproof, which could be problematic in this setting. I have them over my larger growing space but they're external in that setup so no problem with moisture.
     
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  11. EvanT

    EvanT New Member

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    I put a spider farmer sf 1000 on the inside of my wine cooler, fits perfectly right at the top hung from the roof with eye hooks. Way more light and way less heat than what I previously used, which was an LED flood light. A few of the diodes are getting wonky now that it’s been in there for a bit more than a year, but I’m not sure if it’s a faulty unit or if the moisture is finally getting to it. I wired the driver on the outside of the wine cooler and typically run it at around 50%
     
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