The SQ-620 Extended Range PFD sensor is a self-powered sensor. The sensor features a rugged, aluminum housing that is fully-submersible and built to withstand harsh conditions. The sensor cable includes an IP68 marine-grade stainless-steel cable connector to simplify sensor removal and replacement from permanent installations for maintenance and calibration. Typical applications of Extended Range PFD sensors include incoming PFD measurements over plant canopies in indoor greenhouses or in growth chambers, and reflected or under-canopy (transmitted) PFD measurements in the same environments. Since the detector on this particular Extended Range sensor is sensitive to radiation with wavelengths up to 1100 nm, beyond the range of wavelengths that influence plants, we recommend only using the SQ-620 sensors in indoor grow environments utilizing LED lights.
The analog version of this sensor (SQ-620) comes with the inline cable connector placed 30 cm from the sensor head for either standard use as a long-cable pigtail sensor, or for use with our microCache Bluetooth Micro Logger by unscrewing the connector, discarding the long section of cable and then screwing the sensor to the mating connector on the microCache.
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The SQ-620 is an extended range photon flux density (PFD) sensor with a spectral range of 340 to 1040 nm ± 5 nm, which can be seen in the graph below.
The SQ-620 is used for measuring the newest generation of LED grow lights with wavelengths outside the traditional 400-700 nm PAR range. Research has shown the value of adding UV and far-red LEDs to fixtures to achieve various disease control and photomorphogenic effects. The extended range filter of the SQ-620 allows it to measure photons from UV, Far-red, and even IR security lights which may affect some plants during dark periods. The 1040 nm top cutoff also means the sensor will measure spikes in HID and other broad spectrum lights above the range that influences plants therefore the sensor is only intended for use in LED grow environments.