SIMPLE LED BRUTE
This bucket took a few hours to build, you could make one today!
Just started a high power LED brute. This bucket took a few hours to build, you could make one today!
It is a simple design with a single 100w LED chip and a power supply. I followed SAGs wiring guides for this kind of lighting project, they are an invaluable resource for beginners.
I arrived at 10 gal brute buckets, with a high power LED at a cost of a little under 150. The buckets and lids cost 50 and the light components were about another 50, all from Amazon. These brutes had the best $/height ratio when I built this and I chose white for the reflectivity, also lined them with Mylar foil using a glue stick. Together, they have a volume of very approx. 3.5 cubic ft. For the light, I bought a 100w warm-white COB LED, a CPU cooler, a Meanwell 100w 12v DC power supply, and constant current boost converter ( parts list).
Threw those together without soldering, and had a minor hiccup when it didn’t turn on before I adjusted the voltage on the converter. I have yet to test this bucket, for light/heat/voltage drop, and won’t actually run it until I can crunch some numbers. Many thanks to the community and bucketeers that helped my simple bucket grow hella trees!
31 Oct 2015 Inaugural veg album begins!
20 Feb 2016 Added a third bucket to accommodate a 4' plant.
24 Feb 2016 Flower album