Dorm Grow LED - Frequently Asked Questions
- I just received my light but some of the diodes are not “on”, what’s the problem?
This is the most frequently asked question from our customers. G8LED lights have infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) diodes. The IR diodes are not visible to the human eye but are necessary for stem strength. The UV diodes look like a dull blue and this is how they are supposed to be!
- What is the correct distance to hang my G8LED Grow Light?
From the top of the canopy:
G8-240: 20-24inches G8-450: 24-30inches G8-600: 30-36inches G8-900: 30- 42inches
As your plants grow and reach for the light, raise the light little by little to keep the separation between the plant and light fairly constant. If you want the plants to continue stretching, keep raising the light as the plants grow. Stop raising the light when you do not want more length or you begin flowering. For plant stretching, increase the distance from the plants to the light. For shorter, bushier plants decrease the distance. As you raise the light, the plants will reach for the source and grow taller. If you keep the light fixed, the plants will grow tall to a certain point then grow wider and denser. Putting lights too close to the plants may be too intense and stunt growth and create discoloration It is best to follow the recommended distances and adjust as necessary. Light distance can be kept constant during flowering.
- How many watts do I need to grow 6 plants? Which LED grow light should I use to grow 6 plants?
The G8-450 is the smallest light needed for 6 plants for most growers, depending on how wide you let your plants grow. The G8-450 will cover a minimum of 12 square feet and greater of grow space. Add a G8-90RR (Red UFO) when you want to start flowering.
- Can I use my LED grow light for flowering?
Yes! G8LED grow lights have been designed to be versatile and can be used for both growth AND flowering. One light will do both! Add a G8-90RR (Red UFO) light next to your main panel at the start of flowering to get max yeild.
- What is the best way to use the BLOOM light?
Use the G8-240 BLOOM or G8-450 BLOOM when you are setting up a separate flowering station. If you plan on using one area for both veg and flowering, use the regular panels and add a G8-90RR (Red UFO) light as a supplemental light to your main panel when you want to start flowering.
Do the lights come with hanging wires and power cord included? Yes
Do you offer discreet packaging? Yes, all our lights are sent with discreet packaging for maximum privacy. Our international orders have discreet packaging and are customs friendly.
Do the lights work for 240V? Do you offer international shipping? Yes the lights work in both 110V & 220/240V environments. The correct power cord will be provided based on your shipping address (US & Americas, UK, EU, AU). We have very good intenational shipping rates and you can get a shipping quote in your shopping cart before completing your check out.
How do I place an international order from outside the USA? For international orders you must check out via PayPal and sign in to your PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, you will be required to open one to complete your purchase.
How long does shipping take? In the USA shipping is via Fedex and takes between 2-4 business days depending on your address. Canada orders are sent via UPS and usually take around 1 week. International orders via UPS/Fedex usually take 1-2 weeks and via USPS usually take 2-4 weeks.
- Can I use LED grow lights with clones? Yes
- Can I veg with HID and/or CFL and flower with LED?
This is not the optimal way to use the LED grow light. If the plant has not been accustomed to a LED light source as its source of energy during its growth stage, it will experience a drastic environmental change if switched to LED once it is mature and will not give optimal results.
- If I start vegging with LEDs can I flower with high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs? Yes.
- Why did the guy at the store tell me that LEDs do not work for flowering?
He probably never tried to grow with a G8LED grow light. There are numerous grow journals and videos showing the remarkable results with LED grow lights. We get a significant amount of sales from repeat customers which means that the G8LED light and our company is doing a great job! Read through our Grow Tips and LED Blog entries to get tips on best practices for growing with LED grow lights.
- Are the lights made with 3 Watt Diodes?
Yes, all G8LED lights (except the 90W UFO lights) are made with 3 Watt diodes. The 3 Watt diodes help to maximize canopy penetration of the light to reach the lower and inner parts of the plant.
- Why doesnt G8LED make grow lights with 5 Watt Diodes?
The 5 Watt diodes give off significantly more heat and require larger spacing between diodes placed on the LED panel to avoid thermal breakdown. If we make lights with 5 Watt diodes, we will not be able to have a dense network of diodes needed for Optimal growth. Bigger isn't always better when it comes to LED grow lights. Click here to compare 3 Watt vs 5 Watt diodes.
- Why doesnt G8LED make grow lights with a Veg/Flower switch?
LED grow lights with a Veg/Flower switch just turn on/off the blue and red diodes, switchng back and forth between these settings. With this kind of a design only some diodes will be on at a given time. G8LED has designed the Optimal 8-band to work for both Veg AND Flower so the entire light, with 100% of the diodes can be used for both stages of growth, resulting in larger grow area coverage.
- Why doesnt G8LED have dimmers on the lights?
LED grow lights with dimmers do not maximize the emitted diode intesnity for plant growth. To get the best coverage from your lights you should have them on at full brightness at all times. Dimming down the light change the light intensity not only results in less grow area coverage but also creates the opportunity for incorrect usage by not using the light consistently and methodically. Use the lights at full intensity and montior your On and Off scedule to get the best coverage and results from your LED grow lights.
- What are "optical" lenses and what do they do to the light emitted from the diodes?
Some companies market "optical" lenses on their LED grow lights. G8LED does not use these lenses as they result in a loss of light intensity emitted from the diodes. The optical lenses are a plastic cover that goes over the diode which concentrates the light to a smaller grow area in an attempt to penetrate further. G8LED uses 3 Watt diodes which penetrate up to 60 inches and thus does not need to concentrate the light with plastic covers which cause the diode to lose 15% intensity due to reflection of the light.
- Why is the actual power draw always less than the stated power draw?
The stated power draw is the sum of all the diodes. For example, the 600 Watt light has 200 diodes at 3 Watts each. However, the actual power drawn by each diode is always less than 3 Watts and varies from 1.6-2.5 Watts depending on the wavelength of the diode. The diodes are not run to 100% capacity to protect them from thermal breakdown and increase their lifespan. The lower power draw also reduces the cost of electricity.
- Why do some LED companies not publish the actual power draw?
Some companies do not provide enough specifications regarding their products. Be careful of these companies and make sure you make a correct comparison when it looking for a LED grow light for your given grow space.
- Is it better to get one G8-450 light or two G8-240 lights?
The price and coverage area will be very similar with either one G8-450 light or two G8-240 lights. If your grow area is about twice as wide as long, then two of the smaller lights will cover this area better. If your grow area is closer in shape to a square, the larger light will be ideal for this setup.
- What should I do if I have any warranty or return issues?
The warranty is based on the purchase date of your light and is in our database. Dorm Grow has a warranty policy in place to take care of these issues for our customers. If you have any issues please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will repair/replace your light. If you make a request by email we can send you modular parts to swap out with the non-performing parts if you do not want to send your light to us for warranty.
- I have a great referral network and/or website of my own? How can I participate in this new industry?
We have an affiliate network in place that pays 8% of the total gross to our affiliates. Follow the affiliate link at the footer of the Dorm Grow website to sign up for the affiliate program and start earning commissions right away. It is a simple setup whereby a banner ad code is give to add to your site and any sales resulting from click through from your site will be automatically credited to your affiliate account. http://www.dormgrow.com/affiliates/