Okay, so I just purchased a Kilowatt Meter to check the actual draw of my HTG 240w panel, and it came out to 156watts.. Idk what this means but this is still pretty good. Does anyone have any comments on this? I know I found while doing research the BlackStar was far off of what is stated as well.
Thats a normal thing. Unfortunately the makers usually only advertise the potential wattage. They take the number of LED's and multiply it by the watt of the LED's to get to there numbers. LEDs are run at half power since they would burn out fast if they did not.
You will very rarely find a LED that advertises the watts pulled..bigger numbers sell.
Its not really false advertising since it could pull the stated amount.Its all about what numbers you want to use. Its sorta like cars with MPG or horse power. Theres engine horsepower and horse power to the wheels. Its usually far less then what the engine produces. For MPG there dirty secret is they test the car with nothing in it on a tread mill with no stoping and going set it on cruise control and run it till empty. Well no one drives like that. Why they recently changed it. Consumer reports did a test on stated MPG and what they got in some cases they got half at best what the maker states.
Buyer beware applies to LEDs to.