The demand for lighting for indoor grow operations, LED technology has came in and made some major advancements that make it a near “no brainer” to use the technology over other grow light technologies.
As an indoor grower you need to make not only the best decision for your bottom line, but also for your plants quality and success rates. Both of these areas of concern for any grower can be address and even resolved with the technology we are going to be talking about in this post (LED). From using less wattage for the same amount of light outdoor to targeted wavelengths that allow for most optimal growing conditions for any plants indoors.
Now let’s start off with one of the biggest reasons LED plant light technology is so appealing to growers and why most will make the conversion away from other grow lights like HPS which consume too much energy, output too much heat, and a list of other cons.
Less energy used, yet same light is produced.
LED is infamously known for its ability to less energy all while outputting the same (if not more) amount of light. This is what we call efficiency and it’s making people from every industry consider LED seriously.
Imagine if you converted from HPS to LED, you could realize up to 50 to 75% reduction in energy usage in your plant lighting system alone. This would allow you to expand quicker, realize a greater net profit, and at the end of the day; bring more cash for you or your business. Sounds like a win-win with this benefit itself, but there are many more benefits like you are about to find out…
LED offers a longer lifespan.
How often do you find yourself switching our burnt out and / or no longer working lights? What if you could make the lifespan of your lighting system last 2-3 times longer?
Well, by upgrading to LED away from any other common grow light you can and will realize this increase in lifespan. Not only does this allow you to stop buying replacement lights so often, but it also reduces the amount of time you need to spend maintaining the lighting system which gives you more free time to do other important tasks.
Optimal growing conditions with targeted wavelengths.
LED grow lights offer more and overall better options for targeted wavelengths that match your needs for your growing environment. For any grower, this is highly important as different stages of a plant’s grow cycle call for different wavelengths to provide the most optimal crop. Full spectrum LED grow lights allow you to target very specific wavelengths which other technologies simply don’t and can’t offer. As any grower knows (or should know), this is simply something you cannot ignore if you want to be able to grow the best crop possible. Ignoring so may result in lower quality grows along with missing out on the other benefits LEDs offer (like listed in this post!).
Less heat is produced (near none).
Heat can be a huge issue for a grow operation, really at any scale. Take this for example: an incandescent grow light might produce 75 BTU’s per hour while the equivalent LED plant fixture might be producing only 2.5 BTU an hour. Since heat is often a very common issue for indoor growers, this can be one very highly effective way to reduce heat. In turn, you will also be able to reduce the amount of cooling you put into your operation, which will only reduce your overhead expenses even further.
Nearly every point we’ve made on this list has had a win-win situation by making the conversion over to LED plant lighting. The answer is near obvious on which is the superior technology for indoor growing environments.
The one con of LED is the initial cost investment. While they do cost more initially, they are slowly becoming cheaper and cheaper as technology gets more and more popular and advanced. On top of that, the energy saving benefits and quality benefits will produce a positive ROI, which will actually save you more money to go with LED overtime than it would have to choose other technologies
. As a grower, you’ve got to always do what’s best for the bottom line all while maintaining the quality in your crop. Thus, LED is the perfect solution for your lighting issues in all aspects.