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Cheap, reliable PAR meter (or alternatives)?

MichaelJ

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9 Feb 2021
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Hello,

Can anyone recommend a cheap and reasonably reliable PAR meter? (or is that an oxymoron? :) ) or perhaps an alternative way to measure my light at the substrate level that with reasonable confidence can be translated into a PAR reading as opposed to me just guesstimating based on LED wattage equivalents. The "cheapest" PAR meters I have been looking at all runs in the $300-400 USD range.

Cheers,
Michael
 

plantnoobdude

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17 Mar 2021
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uk
Hello,

Can anyone recommend a cheap and reasonably reliable PAR meter? (or is that an oxymoron? :) ) or perhaps an alternative way to measure my light at the substrate level that with reasonable confidence can be translated into a PAR reading as opposed to me just guesstimating based on LED wattage equivalents. The "cheapest" PAR meters I have been looking at all runs in the $300-400 USD range.

Cheers,
Michael
have you looked in to clubs renting out par meters?
 

john6

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23 Mar 2022
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Scunthorpe
I would try to rent one if possible, if not then Seneye reef here too, i set up my reef tank lights using the seneye meter, good little meter.
The trouble is they are a use once item, once you know your pars you dont need it anymore so if you bought one you could rent it out.
 

MarcusA

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3 Apr 2022
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usa
What do people here think of the Photone app with an Iphone? I can't say if it's accurate, having nothing to reference it to, but it at least seems self-consistent. I think it's useful, based on my experience.
 
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