Hey DGC Smokeytad420 here. I got an older first generation sf2000 LED. I am pretty sure its first gen cuz it don’t have a dimmer easily accessible like all other LED’s or the phone cord type deal to daisy chain then or hook em up to a controller! I can dim the LED’s if i take driver off and pull a lil nub out and use a screw driver to dim it but its a pain. My question is is there a dimmer out there i can buy that i could just plug the LED into and then it would dim it without me having to take off the driver all the time!! I have a fan speed controller i was going to see if i could use that since it regulates the watts or volts going into the unit so would that work to use that or not and do they even sell dimmers cuz they got way to much life left and still bright as hell and always got great results with it and the sf1000 first gen also but a way to dim them both would be epic without having to buy new led’s! Any input would be great! Give me your knowledge DGC fill my skull piece with all of the power! Loving the show and damn all cherry Paloma talk grrrr i cant afford to get it yet and i cant wait till i do cuz i am going to have it! Got a fund jar going for it but something about it clicked and when it clicks it tends to be winners for me!! i feel it would be the best for my anxiety and PTSD! but yeah just messing no i really am gimme your Paloma. Now your in my spell hahahah did it work my magic 🤣! Jokes aside not here for handouts i love knowledge and the people ot the mother trucking DGC!!! Peace out Thanks and GrowerzLuv✌️DGC
by Smokeytad420 | Mar 14, 2023 | Grower Questions | 5 comments
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The very short answer is no as the dimmers are used on the output side of your driver . The little dimmer on the side of the driver that you’re turning up and down with a screw driver , fluctuates the output only and does not change the input . Some LEDS cannot be dimmed at all . I’m not sure if they make something on Amazon to correct it but I’m guessing not if you’re turning it up and down manually . It is a pain in the ass for sure . Best and cheapest option , move the light a little further away if you need to and get it closer as the plant needs it .
I agree the easiest way would be ‘dimming’ the light by increasing the distance from canopy. You could wire in a voltage dimmer on the driver output and LED input, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless your comfortable with wiring. With your time and investment I would suggest a new SF1000 with included dimming function. That new SF1000 also has a better diode layout increasing the par distribution on canopy (less hotspots), not to mention the new diodes that haven’t been degradading for years. If it’s a constant current then HLG has a ‘Manual Knob Dimmer/Potentiometer’ for only $3 plus shipping. Here’s a video I found on the installation if you still want to explore that option. https://youtu.be/r5LSvXQCVwI
If your light has an internal dim screw, you can wire a dimmer to that I’m pretty sure. 2 low volt wires, open it up a see if that’s feasible.
Read Brandon’s comment, I wasn’t aware of the input/output deal with the screw.
I was thinking the same. And not that hard to just adjust them when needed. Yuppers but I am definitely going to get better led’s in the future when i can afford em but ya use what ya got and they haven’t done me wrong yet. Thanks once again peeps of the DGC wouldn’t be here without ya. ✌️ pot and microdot