Why you should be using LED grow lights
In the past people were afforded the luxury to grow their crops in the great outdoors. However as time goes on more and more people are migrating to larger cities and living in apartments and smaller houses. This type of lifestyle often sacrifices having enough land available in order to obtain a personal garden outdoors. Luckily though technology has advanced in a manner that has allowed people to grow indoors and without the need of sunlight. The use of indoor, hydroponic and balcony gardening has been growing in popularity thanks to indoor grow lights, especially LED grow lights.
In this article we’ll outline the 6 advantages of using LED grow lights when growing indoors.
1. They’re Friendly to the Environment
Back in the day folks didn’t focus all that much on things that were friendly to the environment - fortunately that has since changed. These days people tend to keep an eye on things that ensure our planets resources will still be there for future generations. When it comes to LED grow lights, all components can be recycled which is an excellent alternative to other types of grow lights such as HID. HID lights contain a significant amount of mercury which is an environmental poison - this is especially true when it’s been burned.
LED lights don’t contain any environmentally harmful substances. This means that they won’t contribute to the pollution of our planet. In turn, you’ll be helping the environment as well as helping yourself and nature – well as much as you can when growing indoors!
2. Reduced Electrical Costs
When you choose to utilize traditional lights such as HID in the garden there is a major heat factor that you have to equate for. For example, if you’re running a 1000 watt HID system in an enclosed room or grow tent you’re more than likely going to have to run an extremely efficient environmental system including large ventilation fans and more than likely an air conditioner in summer, and or winter. These additional electrical appliances can jack up the power bill very quickly.
LED lights are well known for running very quiet and having a very low heat output. Most LED grow lights will only increase the room’s temperature by an average of 1-3 degrees. This means you can run a smaller ventilation system and can drastically decrease the power of the air conditioner. This all save you money as well as the environment.
3. Full Spectrum Lighting
Majority of quality LED grow lights on the market these days produce a balanced full spectrum of light. This means the plants absorb all the essential lighting needed to produce rapid growth and heavy yields.
Furthermore, you can purchase models like the Viparspectra Par600 which will allow you to turn on and off the certain light spectrum's - allowing you to adjust the white, blue and red lighting as required. This gives growers further control over the plant’s growth and flowering. For example if your growing a plant for it’s resin or essential oil content having heavier white lighting during the final stages of flower will drastically increase the plants ability to produce the oils. If your just growing a vegetative plant you can concentrate higher blue and white spectrum's which will give you a nice and dense growth.
4. They Last Longer
Since we’re on the subject of saving money, it’s important to note that LED lights last longer than average light bulbs. This is attributed to the fact that they operate at lower temperatures. As a matter of fact, an LED grow light can operate between 50,000 to 100,000 hours. That’s a lot longer than a traditional lighting system!
5. They Produce Faster Harvest Cycles
Plants are relatively simple to understand. They look for water and sunlight. Growing outdoors and using sunlight relies on the seasons acting the way we predict and then planting accordingly. The plants then live out their life cycle with the seasons; if one is growing a seasonal plant. This means you can only grow at particular times of the year. Growing indoors and with LED grow lights you no longer have this set back. You have the ability to turn on the light for as long as you need and then reducing the lighting when required. This allows you to grow all year around. Also without having cloud cover, rainy days and other set backs you experience outdoors you have full light coverage 24/7. This means you experience faster growth and heavier yields when growing indoors!
6. Additional Built In Features
A lot of LED grow lights on the market these days come with in built additional features. These include things such as dimmers, timers, bloom and grow switches and daisy chain capabilities. All these features save you on money as you won’t have to equate for costs like buying a timer or dimmer.
Viparspectra TC range comes with built in timers and dimming capabilities.
Viparspectra DS range comes with dimmers which allow you to adjust the bloom and veg output.
While it’s true that the use of LED grow lights may have taken a while to catch on, their popularity is steadily increasing. A good reason for this is the fact that even though they can be a bit more costly at first, they eventually make up for that in savings when it comes to energy. They can also increase your plant production. When you add these two things together, a strong case can be made for using LED lighting.
Not only that, if you have a smaller growing area, you will find that LED lights are relatively simple to install with no moving parts. One of the reasons for this has to do with the fact that LED lighting packages are designed to just plug in and you’re ready to go. There won’t be any need to worry about reflectors, ballasts and other accessories you’d experience with HID lights.
So, if you’re still trying to decide on the type of lighting system that you’re going to use for your indoor garden we highly recommend that you consider LED lights. The advantages definitely make it an option to consider.
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At The Hippie House we stock a wide range of high quality LED grow lights for both commercial applications as well as a range for the home grower.