by Nebula Haze
315W LEC Grow Setup (For Hobbyist Growers)
- Average Yields: 5-10 ounces (we’ve harvested as much as 17 ounces, learn how)
- Recommended 2-8 plants
- Grow space: at least 2×4’ or 3’x3′ with a height of 5′ or more
About This Setup
The 315W LEC grow light (a brand name version of the “Ceramic Metal Halide”) is relatively new to the growing scene and is a popular alternative to HID lighting. It excels in the vegetative stage where it produces fast growth, though it also does a great job in flowering by producing strong, sparkly bud. LECs provide a significant amount of UV-A which may explain why the buds tend to look so glittery.
Pros: One bulb for the entire grow, great results, non-suspicious colored lighting, great for SOG
Cons: Needs significant height above plants, the LEC itself is pricey by comparison to HIDs
- Total Setup Cost: $940 + Cost of Seeds
- Estimated Electricity Cost: $29-58/month (based on $0.12/kWH to $0.25/kWh – see breakdown)
- Total Cost for Entire First 4-Month Grow (Setup + Electricity): $1056-$1172 ($106-235/ounce based on average yield of 5-10 ounces)
- Total Cost for Second Grow (Nutrients + Electricity): Up to $332 ($33-67/ounce based on average yields)
- If you follow these 8 simple steps you can harvest a pound (16 oz) or more with this system, bringing the per-ounce cost as low as $20/ounce after the first grow.
Complete Grow Supply List
This cannabis grow room setup list includes all the supplies you need to get to harvest.
315 LEC Grow Light
- The model I use and recommend is this 315 LEC Grow Light from Sun System. It comes with a Philips 4200K colored bulb.
- (optional) Get a 3100k Philips 315 LEC bulb for the flowering stage. It increases yields to an extent but buds tend to come out less sparkly. I personally use the 4100k version from seed to harvest.
- Cost: ~$420 (the price fluctuates on Amazon so if it’s higher try shopping around)
- Grow Tent Recommended Sizes
- 2’x4’x5′ (smallest size – be careful of plant height) – an example is Cool Grows 48”x24”x60”
- 3’x3’x6′ (the size the 315 CMH/LEC light is designed for) – VIVOSUN 36″x36″x72″
- 4’x4’x7′ (jumbo size – never worry about space, can upgrade to a bigger light later) – an example is CoolGrows 48”x48”x80”
- Learn more about grow tents
- Cost: ~$60-100
- Exhaust Fan
- A quality 6″ inline exhaust fan works best. Avoid small cheap “booster” fans as they usually don’t have enough power to exhaust all the hot air effectively. Hang from inside tent to help keep quiet.
- Example 1: Cheap but loud VIVOSUN 6 Inch 390 CFM exhaust fan.
- Example 2: Quiet but expensive AC Infinity CLOUDLINE S6 or CLOUDLINE T6 (T6 version is the same fan but has a digital interface)
- Cost: ~$130
- Carbon Scrubber
- Growing medium: Coco coir or soil (hydroponics for more advanced growers)
- Containers: Smart pots or Air Pots between 2 and 7 gallons (here’s the brand I use)
- Recommended: One bag of this coco potting mix which is enough to fill 5 x 3-gallon smart pots
- Cost: ~$70
- You need a “vegetative” or all-purpose plant nutrient for the first part of your plant’s life
- You need a “bloom” or low-nitrogen nutrient for the budding phase
- Many nutrient systems have a nutrient schedule so you give your plants the right ratios for each stage of life
- Always start at half strength with a new base nutrient system because the recommended strength is typically too high for cannabis
- Get examples of great cannabis nutrients
- Recommended Base Nutrients: General Hydroponics Flora trio (use at half strength) + CaliMagic (use at full strength)
- (Optional) Bloom Supplement: General Hydroponics Floralicious Bloom
- Cost: $50-100
Other Supplementary Items
- Get your seeds – $5-12/seed (on average, can be more or less depending on the breeder)
- 24-Hour Timer (to put your grow lights on a timer so the plants get a day and night period on a schedule). Why do cannabis plants need to be on a day/night schedule? What about autoflowering light schedules? – $10
- Water containers (I personally use a 3-gallon or 5-gallon water jug to mix up nutrients, but anything can work) – Much cheaper at Wal-Mart ($5-15) than online!
- Extra 1/8″ Rope Ratchets (sooooo handy) – These can be used to hang your grow light or carbon filter from inside the tent, and still be able to easily move it up and down without needing any strength. Your grow light usually comes with a set of rope ratchets, but it’s a great idea to get an extra set to hang the carbon filter – $15
- Thermometer/Humidity Monitor with a probe so you can keep track of the temperature inside the tent – $15
- PH Test Kit – Prevent potential nutrient deficiencies by testing the water pH: https://www.growweedeasy.com/ph – $15
- Measuring spoons for measuring out your nutrients (many people already have these) – $10
Estimated Cost: $940 plus the cost of seeds
CMH grow lights produce extremely fast and healthy vegetative growth. These plants are only 29 days old.
Cannabis plants flowering under a 315 LEC Grow Light
A 315 LEC (CMH) Grow Light Fixture by Sun System