Hi Everyone! Nate from Growers House here.
We have a pretty cool light that just came in, this is the Illumitex NeoSol DS LED
Grow Light which is a 521 Watt LED. It is about 4 feet long and about two and a half wide.
View the Spectral Chart Infographic PDF
The NeoSol DS is a very, very, new to the market by a company called Illumitex. There are a few things pretty special to this light which we wanted to show you. Other than of course testing the spectrum and intensity over a 4x4 footprint which this light is specifically designed for the 4x4 footprint. This company is really gearing up to take on the 1000W HPS as a replacement and that being 520 watts at the wall.
This light is actually developed and assembled in Austin Texas with some parts sourced internationally. Illumitex has a patented optic that they put around the die of the led rather actually have what’s known as a secondary optics where they have optics placed under the led like a panel then emits through. This optic is actually built into the die of the led, which is proprietary. (see info pdf about these LEDs here)
One cool thing about this light is that it’s dimmable from its 520 watts down to 10% of that 520 watts and anywhere in-between. You simply turn the dial to the desired level.
See these screws here at the ends of the LED panels? This is another unique feature that allows you to move each panel and tilt and curve either inward or to go more outward. This fixture being about two and a half feet wide you can orient the outside most panels to tilt more outward and get a wider coverage if you want. Or you can move them to tilt more inwards to get a smaller more focus coverage area. You can use these screws to tilt each and every one of the 8 panels on this light for complete light direction control.
The NeoSol DS comes with a 5 year warranty is sturdily built and weighs about 40 pounds. It is RoHS compliant, CE certified, ETL Listed so it can be used in commercial applications. It also has a rating called IP 66 which I had never heard of. (see more about IP ratings below). IP 66 certified means that dust can't get in and you can even spray this unit with a hose and it will still work and won't allow water inside the casing. That is pretty cool considering many people use these lights in grow environments with high humidity.
Our testing results show the spectrum of this light is very focus as most LEDs are. This is a full spectrum light so it does have some light in the yellows and greens, as well as the reds it uses for flowering and the blues and indigos that a plant uses for the vegetative phase. Looking at the curve this light could be used from seed through harvest and has the spectrum to match.
We were very surprised to see how little the intensity diminished as we raised the light. Usually you can see a really big decrease in the intensity of the light as you raise a light over the canopy. One of the things we did do for this test was we kept all of the led panels flat and facing downward, you can turn them in or out depending on how large of grow area you desire, this was over a 4x4 and there was a lot of intensity over the middle and over the length of the led you'll notice. But if you go wide there is not as much intensity, but you could unscrew and tilt those panels so you can angle them outward and you would get a really uniform coverage of that grow area, which we think would be a really good use of this light.
Take this information and digest it to see if this light might be the right light for you.
View the infographic pdf here
We hope this helps, Happy Growing!
*IP Code, International Protection Marking, IEC standard 60529, sometimes interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against the intrusion (including body parts such as hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. It is published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) find out about the codes here