The Blackstar series of LED lights have been the world's best selling line of LED grow lights since 2008. Although there were 6 versions and multiple upgrades over the 5 years of production, this represents the first complete redesign since the inception of the LED that brought 3w chips to the market. Lighthouse Hydro is one of 3 oldest LED manufacturers, and that experience and customer base has given them the opportunity to know what changes were needed and desired.
- Size: 15.75" x 15.75"
- Coverage Area: 4' x 3' (12 Square Feet)
- LED Chipset: 3W
- Number of LED's: 160
- Rated Hours: 40,000
- Bands: 6 Band
- Red: 630, 660nm
- White: 12000k
- Worldwide Voltage: 90v-240v
- Modular Power Cord (Available in US, UK, EU, AU)
- Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
Unlike the majority of LED's in the market, Blackstar V2.0 LED's are mounted directly to the aluminum heatsink and not a PCB board. All have 100% solid extruded aluminum heat-sinks which now feature radiator fins. The new series now has 4X the aluminum surface area which results in a 42% reduction in operating temperatures. This means that the LED's will last longer and suffer fewer occurrences of premature failure.
Modular Board Design
There is no such thing as a perfect electronic device. Although LED's have a 40,000+ hour rating, some will occasionally fail prematurely. The design of ALL LED grow lights from any manufacturer is a series of chained LED's. If one LED completely fails, it will take out the entire series of LED's. In the past if there was a premature failure of a single LED, you had to send your entire unit back for service.
The NEW 2014 Blackstar V2.0 addresses all of this. Revolutionary design has now separated the different LED series into multiple removable boards, and powered each one with it's own dedicated power supply. The connections and power requirements for each segment are also uniform. This means you can replace modules if necessary with the removal of a few screws. If anything ever happens to your board you can simply send the module in for repair and continue to operate the grow light with the remaining boards NO DOWNTIME. You can also swap out boards for others with different light spectrums.
More Powerful LED's
There are a few comparisons on the Internet between various companies and their LED grow lights, you never see the Blackstar or Blackstar Chrome series in a head to head comparison because simply put, Blackstar LED's are the most powerful LED's available.
In addition to the new on board design, the new chips are larger and more efficient. Lumen and PAR output of this unit is 15% more than the previous generation.
Patented LED Reflector
One of the most noticeable differences of the new series of Blackstar LED's is the patented reflector system which replaces the optics used in encapsulation. One of the biggest requests from customers had been to design a light that had greater penetration power and better coverage area. Cree LED engineers determined that the most efficient way to get beam angles greater than 60deg was to use reflectors rather than traditional PMMA lenses. Not only were they more efficient (less loss of light) but they could also increase coverage in a way that lenses could not.
The Blackstar V2.0 uses aluminized reflectors which are each unique to every LED on the board. Reflectors are each custom designed and tailored to increase coverage area and keep power on the canopy. You will also notice that the reflectors on the perimeter pitch outward more than the inner ones. What this creates is a hybrid lens capable of both deep canopy penetration as well as others which now cover an unparalleled coverage area. The coverage area on the best selling model the 240UV is now 25% more than it's predecessor. The best part is that this new 240 Blackstar V2.0 is also more powerful while covering all that extra space. Average PAR readings from the new light are 15% higher than the comparable original.
Universal Modular Worldwide Power Supplies
Unlike some companies, all our Blackstar's come with a universal 100v-250v 50hz/60hz power supply. We have optional plugs for almost every country. This means the Blackstar is compatible with the power grid in virtually every country.
In the off chance of a power supply failure, the modular design allows for a quick replacement with a standard Philipps Head Screwdriver. Simply remove the screws on the case and swap out the power supplies and the unit is back online.
New LED Ratio FSF (The most revolutionary upgrade)
In the past companies false-advertised with greater and greater number of "bands" used in their grow lights. To the less savvy, the more bands the better. Years later "full spectrum" became the term of choice. Our new Full Cycle Flowering LED has 6 different LED chips and uses no more for a reason. Lighthouse Hydro simply has more experience than any other company when it comes to growing with LED's the FCF ratio will produce tighter node spacing in vegetative growth, and superior essential oil production in flowering. The ratio and hue is decidedly toward the red spectrum which enhances floral production. White 12,000k chips provide full spectrum coverage from 400nm all the way to 680nm.
If you look at the spectrum graph above, you will notice that the light output from the Blackstar V2 is not jagged with thin spikes. This is what is different than ANY other LED and also patent pending technology. You will NOT get this from a Chinese knockoff or garage reseller here in the USA. The secret is the way that Lighthouse power supplies handle the LED's. Each digital power supply uses FWM (Frequency Width Modulation) to make the spectrum of the LED enhanced for far superior response. Traditionally, an LED which was 660nm would be just 660nm +/- 5nm, as you can see from the spectrum graph above, Lighthouse Hydro has been able to modulate the LED's to produce a wider spectrum +/- 20nm. The light output of the new Blackstar V2 dominates the competition.