Spider Farmer recently updated their SE7000 grow light, so let’s look at what they have changed. Welcome to The Hippie Geeks, lets dig into this grow light unboxing and PAR level test.
We have used a couple of the Spider Farmer bar style grow lights in the past, so when they told me that they had updated their SE7000 to make it even easier to assemble I was very interested in checking it out. As always, their lights are very securely packaged, and it arrived with no damage to the components at all. The largest change to the light is immediately visible, and there are now plastic clips that hold the light bars in place on the cross bars. This makes the whole thing much easier to assemble than the previous versions, and also helps to reduce the weight of the unit. It has been really interesting to be able to see these lights evolve over the last couple of years, and all of the improvements have really made this a much easier light to assemble and get into a tent.
The space that I had available to assemble the light this time wasn’t ideal, and was in fact a bit too small, but I managed to get the whole thing put together without showing too much butt crack to the camera. It all clicked together very easily, and once it was assembled all that I still needed to do was hook the wires up to each of the bars and connect the driver to the light. The driver is very similar to the version that we looked at before, though the feet are plastic now instead of metal, but I do like the additional orange accents they provide.
Now that it is all assembled, it is time to check out the par levels inside of the Spider Farmer 4’x4’ tent with measurements taken every 6”. This is just about the largest light that you can fit into a 4×4 tent, and it is 45.5”x45.3”. The driver has plenty of length on its cables so that you can mount the driver outside of the tent, though as this next grow will be in the winter I left it in the tent to help generate heat for the plants.
At a 24” height, the PAR reading in the center is 1130, falling off to between 850 and 950 PAR at the far corners. I do the best I can to hang the light level in the tent, but sometimes it is a little off kilter, and I am not able to notice it until I have pulled all of the PAR level readings. This light will pull 735 Watts from the wall at full power, and it goes down from there as you dim the dial. At 80 it pulled 640 watts from the wall, at 60 is was pulling 430 watts, at 40 it went down to 320 watts, at 20 it was pulling 160 watts and finally at minimum it pulled 70 watts from the wall.
Moving up to 30”, and the center reading is now at 1026 PAR, and you may be wondering why there were no measurements at 12” or 18”. The main reason is that this light is so bright even at 24” that it isn’t worth it, for me at least, to risk having the light that close with the amount of heat that a light this size can put out. We also took PAR readings with the light dimmed and averaged what the results were, which give you the PAR x readings on the left. All of the readings shown on the screen are at full power, and to get the light levels at different dim settings just multiply the shown PAR value by that number. For an example the center reading at 30” is 1026, but if we have the light set to 60 we would multiply it by .55 and get a result of 564, which will get you pretty close with all of the values shown.
At a 36” height, the center level is down to 949, again with an amazing spread from there out. That is the best part about using a light that fills the entire tent, the light spread is really pretty even all the way from the center out to the edges. We are still using the Apogee SQ-420 Smart Quantum Sensor to take all of these measurements, and it is working out really well. It is just the sensor itself and plugs into a PC to get the readings, so is a bit more affordable than their stand-alone units. We will leave an Amazon Affiliates link to it down below if that is something you are interested in checking out.
Finally, I hung the light at 48” and the center reading is at 949 which is still fantastic. Removable remote drivers are one of my favorite things about these bar style grow lights. The ability to place the driver outside of the tent in the summer is going to be amazing with this light for keeping the temps inside of the tent down to a manageable level, but it is also nice to have the choice to mount it inside of the tent like we are here as I want the extra heat to keep the plants happy in the winter.
I am really excited to get a grow going with the Spider Farmer SE7000, and we will have a tent setup video tomorrow showing how we have this installed in the 4×4 tent that we will be using, so make sure to check that out when it goes live. This light would also be fantastic inside of a 5’x5’ tent, I just do not have the space to set up a tent that size in my current grow room.
A big thank you to Spider Farmer for sending this light over for us to take a look at. If you would like to try this light out for yourself, I will leave a link to it on their website in the description down below. Make sure to use code GEEKS at checkout to get an eight percent discount on your order.
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Check out this light on the Spider Farmer website here:
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Spider Farmer 4'x4′ grow tent:
Spider Farmer 6″ smart ventilation kit:
Spider Farmer 11 gallon fabric containers:
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AC Infinity Cloudray S6 oscillating fan:
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