Aeroponics and LEDs
I have some experiments going with Aeroponics and LED lighting. I've managed to build a couple of real easy to maintain simple aeroponic machines from scratch. They are working great! The LED lights seem to be working fantastic. Real nice on the eyes, no heat and cheap Elec bill. These are a combination of scrounged/homemade lights. I threw some quick photos up at http://www.greenpinelane.com
I have found that real "LED Grow Lights" sold for this purpose are way too expensive. My lights I am using have the same ratings for much lower $$. I am baffled why "LED grow lights" are so expensive when the parts and bulbs, etc are available very reasonably.
The tomatoes and peppers were started from seed in the machine Oct 7th. I have about 8 little peppers now and plenty of tomato flowers. Is this a good grow rate?
The first box I built I put 8 pots in it. Way too many. Should have been 4 or 5 tops. Thus, I put up the second one and transplanted some from the first to the second. Had a lot of pruning to do as the crowded conditions did bad things. I'm hoping the transplant/pruning doesn't hurt them too much.
I feel good about the success I've had being this is the first time I've ever grown anything except in dirt and the designs and handicraft work are all mine.
I'm interested in your opinions and if anyone has done anything similiar and what results you've had both with homebuilt Aeroponics and LED lighting