Table of ContentFC-E1000W: basic specificationsFC-E1000W: innovative designs for diverse indoor growsFC-E1000W: the “extreme” PPFD chartPlant lighting beast in your garden
During the era of HPS and HID grow lights, those grow lights with “1000W” power remained the industry standard for “Adequate Cultivation Lighting Power.” Some experienced marihuana growers have maintained allegiance to this informal standard despite the new era having already arrived — the era of retrofitting these less efficient grow lights to LED grow lights.
While these growers may be out of touch, there is one thing they are absolutely right about: In cannabis cultivation, grow results are near-proportional to grow light intensity (before the peak is reached). This is illustrated by the diagram below:
LED grow lights are more efficient than HPS or HID grow lights, as they convert a greater proportion of the electrical energy into lighting, rather than into thermal waste. That’s why an 800W LED grow light can replace a 1000W HPS light, in terms of PPFD (light intensity). For cultivation that requires targeted lighting sources, LED is the only choice.
In the past, large-wattage LED grow lights have led to a host of issues, including within the realms of heat and safety. However, due to the many benefits, the quest for strong and safe light intensity remains an enduring mission for all growers and manufacturers. Mars Hydro is no exception.
At the end of 2022, Mars Hydro released its 1000W LED grow light.
FC-E1000W: basic specifications
Model:FC-E1000WDiodes:4910 pcsBar Count:10 barsCoverage:4×4 ft / 4×6 ftDimensions:1162*1151*81 mm①1707*1151*95 mm②Input Voltage:AC 100-277VWattage:1000 W (±5%)Amp:[email protected]@AC240V3.294A@AC277VPPF:2766μmol/S@AC120V2762μmol/S@AC240V2745μmol/S@AC277VCCT:3416K
The Mars Hydro FC-E1000W comes equipped with 10 light bars and is installed with 4,910 pcs of BridgeLux diodes, providing a Photosynthetic Photon Flux (PPF) of 2,766 μmol/S and a color temperature of 3416K with a power consumption of 1,000 Watts. It is capable of operating at AC voltages of 100V to 277V with relative amperages.
FC-E1000W: innovative designs for diverseindoor grows
The Mars Hydro FC-E1000W is more than just a ubiquitous 1000W LED grow light. It offers unique designs, designed by Mars Hydro’s own R&D department, that provide essential features to promote plant growth. In addition, it comes with special structures to suit many practical applications. Some of these are explored below:
Targeted full spectrum lighting for indoor growing
The full spectrum has proven to be the most effective spectra in the world of indoor cultivation, but the percentage of “colors” in the PAR range varies among LED manufacturers.
Mars Hydro has been researching and engineering spectrum designs to identify a beneficial and universal spectrum for growers around the world:
Spectrum: 660-665nm, 2800-3000K, 4800-5000K
Rich in red, blue, and green (a spectrum that proves indispensable), the Mars Hydro FC-E1000W LED grow light supports the full cycle of growth, from seed to harvest — not too much red to cause the growth of long and fragile stems at the seedling stage, nor too little red to cause the growth of thin leaves and small buds.
Every spectrum is just right. The blue spectrum plays a role in plant growth, stimulating plant growth with the best efficacy. It encourages stronger seedlings and causes the plant’s leaves to grow wider to capture more light, meaning the plant feeds more and there is an increased accumulation of plant-based phytochemical to produce thicker leaves and greater buds.
The red and deep red spectrum are the most effective food for the plants to absorb (especially during the flowering phase). Here, this informative spectrum induces the flowering stage and the sleeping period to speed up the growth process.
The green spectrum barely plays a role in photosynthesis and there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness, however, it has been shown to be an indispensable spectrum in thousands of experiments. Cultivation without a green spectrum is fragile, lacking in nutrients, and slow!
This plant-centric spectrum from Mars Hydro is based on scientific analyses and experimentation to provide universal, full-spectrum lighting for indoor growing.
Scalable flexibility: extendable brackets for two cultivation settings
Growers familiar with Mars Hydro know that the FC-E Series LED grow lights are flexible, since they do not come in one solid form but instead require assembly, offering the possibility of DIY assemblage.
In addition to a flexible design, the FC-E1000W LED grow light provides another type of scalable flexibility — extendable brackets.
In its standard form with optimum performance, the FC-E1000W is a 1.2×1.2m LED light that covers a 4x4ft area and emits an output of up to 2,000 μmol/m²/s of PPFD.
However, as many growers and farms will not need such an intense grow light continuously, Mars Hydro has paired 2 extended support bars and brackets with the FC-E1000W to “transform” it into a 1.7×1.2m LED grow light. This new size covers a 4x6ft grow space but has a slightly lower intensity.
In this extended form, the output of the FC-E1000W is still strong, consuming 1000W, but is not too intense for private growers and small-room operators. The PPFD in this form (4x6ft coverage) ranges from 1,000 to 1,300 μmol/m²/s.
This extended form was originally designed for 4×6 or 4×8 grow tents, and mainly for commercial projects with rolling tables / rolling benches / grow trays. Commercial managers could also use the extended FC-E1000W as a 4-ft-wide LED grow light or a 6-ft-wide grow light to fit in many indoor grow room designs.
Additionally, DIY enthusiasts can use the two extended support bars to build side or bottom lighting for the plants. In the end, it’s all about imagination and electrical knowledge, however, it is of paramount importance to always consider safety.
Commercial grow light designs for easier management
Are there any commercially-viable LED grow lights that still cannot be daisy-chained and dimmed?
The Mars Hydro FC-E1000W LED grow light features a daisy-chaining capacity of 30 grow lights in a series and its dimming range is from 0 to 100% with no fixed light levels.
These two features are important for commercial grows, saving on operation time and manual labor, as well as dynamically matching the DLI (Daily Light Integral) of plants.
A well-controlled grow room should always be convenient.
FC-E1000W: the “extreme” PPFD chart
Among industry standards, PPFD is the most important and the easiest to measure.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, grow results in cannabis cultivation are near proportional to grow light intensity before the peak of 2,000 μmol/m²/s is reached.
Operators usually leverage the strongest PPFD three weeks before the end of the flowering stage. In this way, the buds are bigger, have more pollen, and a better flavor. Once at the peak, correct light penetration can be a deep downward light, meaning the side branches receive sufficient photons to grow chunky buds.
But not all cultivation can handle a PPFD this high. So, there’s another conventional peak, which is the optimal point for personal indoor growers: 1,000 μmol/m²/s.
For this reason, the existence of one light able to emit both these peaks is a great aid in cannabis cultivation. The FC-E1000W LED grow light has no problem achieving these two peak points while staying cool and safe:
In its standard form, the FC-E1000W provides a PPFD of 1,450 to 2,000 μmol/m²/s — within its optimal coverage of 4×4 ft.In its extended form, the FC-E1000W offers a PPFD of 1,050 to 1,300 μmol/m²/s — within its optimal coverage of 4×6 ft.
Below is the PPFD chart for the FC-E1000W LED grow light:
The above chart shows that the Mars Hydro FC-E1000W is one of the best 4×4 CO2 LED grow lights on the market. It is perfect for cultivation, with the highest concentration of supplemented carbon dioxide to increase growth and production at incredible speed. With the Mars Hydro FC-E1000W, the estimated yield of dry buds can increase by 50%.
The Mars Hydro FC-E1000W is best suited for specific commercial growing settings, such as alongside 4×6 feet in size.
Plant lighting beast in your garden
Grow tent growers cannot take advantage of the full potential of the FC-E1000W LED grow light due to its incredible intensity when in its general 4×4 ft form. It is a true challenge to handle the high PPFD of 2,000 μmol/m²/s.
The beast itself has been designed for commercial projects where extreme values are needed, such as for indoor grow rooms and vertical farms, and for tall plants with many buds on their side branches. This is because the light’s superior power and specific spectrum help the photons penetrate down to the depths of the crop.
However, in its extended 4×6 foot format, the FC-E1000W grow light can be used as a lighting solution for large tent growers, as well as for rolling tables and small grow room designs (grows with aisles between each row of plants).
Can you tame the lighting beast and mold it to your grow? The Mars Hydro FC-E1000W LED grow light, a highly intense, scalable, and top-of-the-line grow light, is waiting for you to take the plunge!
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