Online Grow Shop is a hydroponics and indoor grow shop that caters for everyone from the home grower growing one or two plants to the commercial licensed customer looking to set up an international quality facility. The Online Grow Shop started off specializing in grow lights, specifically led quantum boards and have since branched out to cover all growing essentials such as hydro systems, nutes and growing mediums. They’re always searching for the next step in technology specifically in the LED grow light field and aim to bring more new cutting edge grow lights and systems to the SA market soon! They are a grow shop, run by growers, for growers and they’re passionate about their plants and love helping others get set up to be able to enjoy the fruits, and flowers of this awesome hobby!
MCBN: Let’s get straight to it, talk us through the latest LED Light you’re building at The Online Grow Shop. You’ve clearly spent time speccing out a product that suits the local market.
Our latest offering is the new LED quantum bar grow lights. These lights are a step up from our old quantum boards as they both have better coverage as well as they run cooler and are more efficient.
MCBN: What are the specs of the light and fitting? What makes it a step ahead of the rest of its competitors?
Our quantum bar lights are running Samsung lm301h diodes with Cree XPE2 red diodes. They are 3500k which we have found to be the best all-round option. They are driven by Meanwell drivers and are dimmable. The driver is installed remotely allowing you to keep the driver and dimmer outside your grow tent for further heat reduction. The bars are moveable allowing you to slide them across for a more focused footprint or spread them further apart depending on your grow area. They are also cool in that you can add bars to your current frame if you wanted to upgrade after a harvest or two instead of getting new lights! Or disconnect bars depending on your output requirement.
MCBN: With the current state of the cannabis industry, are you directing your market toward the corporate large scale industry or are these lights built for the everyday grower.
We are directing our market to both sides of the scale. Our lights are built with both the small home grower in mind as well as the large commercial setups. We even have a new model coming out soon specifically for greenhouses which can replace 1000w de HPS lights, 1 for 1. Our bar lights are modular with their being 2 frame sizes and then 3 different bar lengths.
This allows us to offer various wattages in different sizes based on the standard tent sizes.
Our 600w 5 bar is commercial scale and it covers a 1,5mx1,5m with awesome uniformity but then we have our 120w 2 bar which is our hlg100 killer and perfect for your small tent set up as its only 560mmx560mm.
MCBN: What is the most efficient tent size for the lights you’ve built? Do you have any advice for novice growers on how to get the most out of their lights for their space they’re using?
Our lights cater for most tent sizes so my advice would be to try and rather stick to your budget and get a quality setup that you can then expand from later if you want to without having to give away or sell your cheap starter equipment. For example, I always suggest looking at a 1,2m x 1,2m tent to start as it offers enough space to move and work in, as well as you have enough area to get a decent yield out if you want to or even just test a couple of plants while you learn. Then I would suggest anything from the 120w 2 bar up, depending on your number and size of plants and expected yield required. These lights are super-efficient and customers are getting over 2g/watt yield so I guess the wattage is up to your expectations and skill levels. As I mentioned you can always go for a large frame and then just add bars later if you want to increase your setup later. I am also a huge fan of coco in fabric pots as for me this is the most cost-effective and best results for the price. It’s also great for new growers as they will battle to overwater the coco in smart pots.
MCBN: From a growers perspective, would you hydroponically or organically under these lights and why?
We have a lot of customers running our lights in hydro, soil, coco, mineral salt and organic setups. As I mentioned earlier, my first choice is still a flood and drain system like the Gheebb and Grow and then fabric pots with Atami High Porosity Coco! The results are awesome, its hassle-free and beats hand watering any day!
MCBN: A question we like to ask any grower: Seed or clones and why?
I prefer seed. Although I am not the most patient around, I believe the patience is worthwhile in getting your genetics from seed. Less chance of pests if you don’t know your clone source well and also I find they grow better possibly due to having a tap root.
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