welp the strips are working. i'm using 1m per 1020 tray. or 4m for a 4x2 shelf (4 trays).
Growth seems a bit slower than under my t5's or 3w led bars, and leaves are not as fat. i don't think i have enough energy yet. Or it could be because the strips run cooler so medium isn't getting that few degree bump from the lights.
Also i found that the 2835 leds in theory should be superior to the 5630. They have a built in heatsink and run more efficiently. But they are a smaller chip that produces less light. To get around this they make strips which have double the leds. 120 leds / m vs the normal 60 leds / m although they are harder to come by and cost double what the 5630 cost(still cheap)...
So i ordered some 2835 strips and I'm going to restart testing soon with 5m (white) vs 5m (red + white) to see if that changes
Anyways stay tuned if you want more updates on strip testing.
Currently i would not advise buying them over a t8 setup(if it ain't broke don't fix it) the only thing thats better about them is they should last 4x longer and cost half what the t8 setup does.
Also i will say soldering the thin flexible strips is annoying, it makes sense to have longer shelves so you don't have to solder as much.
Edited by juanitos, 19 March 2016 - 02:14 PM.