Florawave vs. T5HO Fluorescent (High PPFD grow shelf application)

Here's a head to head comparison between Florawave P85FS2.3 and T5HO Fluorescents for a common grow shelf configuration.

  • Light suspended 2 feet above shelf.  Shelf is 4 feet long x 2 feet wide.
  • PPFD of 90-120 µmol m⁻² s⁻¹.  This would be considered optimal for most carnivorous genera and high light orchids.
  • Average of a 14 hour photoperiod (12 hours winter, 16 hours summer, 14 hours spring/fall)
  • PPF output within 1.5% (199µmol s⁻¹ vs 196µmol s⁻¹).
  • Electric cost of $.15/KW.  (average cost in the USA.  Can be 2x or more in Europe)
  • Air conditioning removes heat generated from the lights for the warmer months (half the year).
  • Fluorescent bulbs are replaced every year.

RESULTS: The Florawave P85FS2.3 is more economical by the end of the first year.  After 5 years, the cost savings is nearly double!  Furthermore, the grow environment would be a cooler overall local environment with the lower heat output of the high efficiency LEDs. (see Thermal Considerations for more discussion on this).

Other Cost Comparisons:

Florawave S40FS2.3 vs. GE LED Grow Light (medium PPFD grow shelf application)

Florawave P85FS2.3 vs. GE LED Grow Light (high PPFD grow shelf application)

Florawave G330FS2.6 vs. Phillips 600W HPS (Grow tent, grow chamber or greenhouse supplemental applications)

Florawave G630FS2.6 vs. Gavita Pro 1000W HPS DE (Grow tent, grow chamber or greenhouse supplemental applications)

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