Spider Farmer SF-1000
(LED Grow Light)
Modern LED grow lights are so efficient that you can use them to replace older, higher wattage LEDs from just a few years back. This quantum styled LED has outperformed my expensive LED which consumes TWICE the power. In this unpaid review I'll tell you about my latest grow light which I purchased at a reduced cost. And you'll see how impressive this system really is!
More polished than many competitors. No need to assemble. The SF-1000's aluminum board is thick and sturdy. But it gets hot to the touch, so be careful. The rubbery coating reduces risk from splashes. The driver is solidly fixed in place, resulting a solid unit.
Some low-end LEDs only offer a single diode color. But Spider Farmer uses a custom blend, optimized for plants. A nice broad spectrum, rather than a few isolated bands. Overall, the light looks fairly white. So it's easy on the eyes. And it's good for accurately monitoring plant health.
• Diodes: SAMSUNG LED LM301B
• Driver: Mean Well
• Power Draw: 100 Watts
• Efficacy: 2.7 umol/J
• Spectrum: 3000K, 5000K, 660nm, 760nm
• Coverage: 3 ft x 3 ft Vege / 2 ft x 2 ft Bloom
• Distance: 12" - 24" from Plant Canopy
EFFICIENCY: No power is wasted on fans or inefficient drivers. And the SAMSUNG Diodes enable this light to boast an efficacy of 2.7 micromoles per joule. For an entry-level, consumer-grade grow light, that's really good! A couple years ago LED manufacturers were excited to offer 2.0 or 2.2 ratings.
I decided to take objective PAR readings to show how much brighter this new LED panel is. Measurements were taken with my Apogee SQ-520 quantum sensor. It gives more accurate readings when comparing custom LED spectrums. I saw strong consistent numbers at 24 inches. With an average PPFD of 375, running this light at a cycle of 18 hrs on / 6 hrs off would produce a DLI of 24.3.
Video: Spider Farmer SF-1000
Efficient LED Grow Light
IS THIS LED RIGHT FOR YOU?
APPLICATION: This is a good LED for a 3 ft x 3 ft area for vege growth or 2 ft x 2 ft area with fruiting plants. It only draws 100 watts, but that's enough power to create lots of photons, especially with reflective side walls. I'm using mine for vege growth (very large seedlings and also lettuce greens).
If you're growing high-end fruiting or blooming plants, it offers entry level performance in a 2 foot by 2 foot area. NOTE: Their listing also shows a two panel and even FOUR panel version which would really get the job done for larger, high-end applications! I think this LED will be an excellent upgrade for my small growing space.
UPGRADE TIME?: People often replace their older fluorescent plant lighting systems with LEDs because they use much less power and save in energy costs. This LED is so much more efficient that many other models that it could even replace older LED systems!
So what's a realistic example justifying an upgrade? Let's say that you have an older LED, rated at 1.8 micromoles per joule. It's 150 watts. Multiply them for a total output of 270 PPF. This SF-1000 draws 100 watts at 2.7, so it too would output 270 PPF. Thus, this newer quantum styled LED should be able to replace a 150 watt LED or maybe a little higher. I would say you could replace a 200 to 250 watt model if it’s from 2016 or older.
In my grow room, the SF-1000 will replace my older UFO style LED which runs at the same wattage. The Spider Farmer LED has a more even light distribution at 24 inches. Same power draw, but WAY more light! See my PPFD chart for the numbers. And see my YT video for even more measurements!
IS IT A TRUE "QUANTUM BOARD"?
TERMINOLOGY NOTE: The term "Quantum Board" has been used colloquially for years in the LED community to describe a specific form factor of LEDs used in plant lighting. However Horticulture Lighting Group was the company that developed this specific terminology. In 2019 they received official recognition for the use of "Quantum Board" as their registered trademark. No other companies have any rights to used that term for their light.
The Spider Farmer SF-1000 is not an actual "Quantum Board." Rather, it is merely designed or styled with similar characteristics. By definition, the word quantum is simply describes "a large quantity" of hundreds of diodes per light fixture. Quantum styled panels have a large quantity of LEDs, spread out over a large area (in contrast with point sources such as COBs). In general, these types of LED designs offer amazing advantages in efficiency and they are well worth the investment!
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