While Light Emitting Diodes (LED) have been around since the early 1960s, comparatively recent improvements in the technology and production infrastructure has expanded the use of LEDs into a variety of commercial and consumer lighting applications, including the use of LEDs as grow lights for the indoor gardener.
For the indoor gardener, the latest advance in grow-light technology is always of paramount interest. Traditionally, indoor gardening has been hampered by the necessity of using specialty lights, such as High Intensity Discharge (HID), Metal Halide (MH), and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps. While these types of lights are quite effective for indoor horticulture, they can be quite expensive, heavy and bulky, and inordinately power-hungry.
Lightweight and Convenient
Unlike HID, MH and HPS lamps, LED grow lights eliminate the use of ballasts that are needed to regulate the flow of current in gas-discharge lighting systems. Nor do LED lights require the use of bulky reflectors to focus light scatter, as is necessary in conventional bulbs. LED fixtures do not require special wiring or advanced tradesman skills to mount. This makes LEDs significantly lighter and much easier to incorporate into indoor garden arrays that need to be periodically adjusted to accommodate plant growth.
Cost Effective Energy Efficiency
Another significant advantage to LED grow lights is their superior energy efficiency. LED fixtures consume significantly less electricity per unit of light produced than do incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, and over the course of device-life can realize an energy-cost savings of 70 to 80 percent. Nor do LED lights produce excessive waste heat, obviating the need for elaborate ventilation systems, especially in smaller, enclosed indoor gardens.
The latest LED grow light technology is engineered to emit a broader spectrum of light than all other artificial lighting sources yet devised. Plants respond better to the wider light spectrum offered by LED grow lights, which provide the full range from the shorter wavelength blues, which promote early plant growth, to the longer wavelength oranges and reds which many plants require for the mature flowering and fruiting life stage.
Advanced LED grow lights even feature quantum growth factors that improve quality and ripeness while minimizing the length of flowering times. This quantum factor is a huge benefit of LED grow systems and their abilities that have only just become available in the last 12 months.
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Which Color Blend Makes the Best LED Grow Lights?
Color Ratios Affect Yield
If you were to try growing a flowering plant with white light it will grow, but not as good as you may think. Once you have seen that white light compared to a tested color ratio in a quality grow light using LEDs it becomes very obvious that a certain color blend is ideal for each type of plant and affects yield in a big way.
Obvious Colors are Blue and Red
Blue and Red LEDs have been the most commonly used LEDs above all but these are mainly used because of photosynthesis charts that are found online. Although photosynthesis is very important it is not the only action taking place in a plant to create large fruits, flowers and buds. Over the years we have found that even colors that people have never used are extremely beneficial.
Closely Guarded Secret Colors
If you are looking to buy the best LED grow lights you will be best served searching for high quality reviews of each companies lights and choose which one you like the best. The reason for this is the colors that make up the “secret sauce” is usually closely guarded and not given out to the general public. Even if the company claims to disclose their color ratios and lens degree it is almost always a different ratio or even different wavelengths of color that they actually use.
It is important not to get caught up on the exact color ratios that are used and how many of each color but instead focus on the results that the company can prove with their lights. Many companies claim to have the “Best in the World” but then go on to get beat by other companies time and time again. Color ratios are vital to the success of the light you choose but you will only know how well that ratio works by seeing results, not counting LEDs.
Common Mistakes and Pitfalls with Color Ratios:
One of the most common mistakes to look for is a company that uses a large amount of white light. White light is very inefficient and should only be used in small quantities as a filler or supplement to the other main colors. Some companies use as much as 50% white light which makes the light look very bright to the human eye but in fact they are much less effective due to the lower PAR ratings of the white light. Instead look for a light that features many wavelengths (colors) of light output such as our Extreme Flower LED grow lights that have over 11 wavelengths of output. These high powered LED grow lights have been tested many times against each other and competitors lights to ensure the ratio is optimized for powerful growth.
Take Indoor Gardening to the Next Level with LED Grow Lights
HID (high-intensity discharge) lights have been a standard light fixture in indoor gardening for years. But more and more indoor gardeners are making the switch to LED (light-emitting diode) lights for growing plants. There are several reasons you might want to consider transitioning to LED lights, or at least trying one to see if you’re happy with the results. Using these lights can help simplify your gardening and make you more successful at growing those great plants indoors.
How LEDs Benefit Your Plants
LED grow lights are very bright, mimicking sunlight in a way other lights can’t quite manage. It might seem hard to believe when you pick one up, given how light it is and how simple it seems to be. The light weight makes it easy and safe to hang these lights. And the fact that LEDs put out bright light without releasing heat into the air makes them not only safer, but better for your plants.
Indoor gardeners who use many lights know how hot and dry the area around the plants can be. Some sort of ventilation or fan system to pull the heat away, and often some form of added moisture are necessary to keep the plants from drying out and needing water constantly. LED lights won’t dry out the soil or heat the air around the plants. The light is cool, which means there’s also much less of a fire riskóno super hot bulbs to potentially catch something on fire.
How LEDs Benefit Your Bank Account
While LED lights may cost more than some other types of grow lights, any extra expense on purchasing them is well worth it for the payoff that comes over time. LED grow lights typically use only a small fraction of the amount of electricity some other popular grow light styles use. Because all the energy the light uses goes into producing actual light rather than being dissipated into heat, you get a brighter light for less money. This type of light also naturally uses far less energy. That adds up to savings on your electric bill.
The way LED lights are constructed will also contribute to your money-savings. You won’t have to purchase replacement bulbs or go through the hassle of changing bulbs when you use LEDs. This is true regardless of the shape or style of LED light you buy.
Watch for Cheap LEDs
When you’re purchasing one or more LED grow lights, be sure they are actually grow lights and not just standard LEDs. Your plants could wither and die under a light not designed to promote growth, because of the incorrect color spectrum. High intensity LED grow lights are specifically designed to put out light in the color spectrum that plants can absorb and use for photosynthesis.
Some lights are even designed for certain types of plants, certain parts of the growing season, dormant plants and other special purposes. Start with a high-quality general purpose LED grow light, then expand from there if you want to experiment with certain types of lights or lights designed for certain plants or growth periods.