For those desiring more control over the growth of their plants, indoor growing is a great option for veterans and beginners alike. Specifically, the use of LED lights is optimal for nourishing your plants by providing more customization and protecting beginners from burning their plants. However, there are some factors to consider when buying LED grow lights to make sure you get the best possible lighting fixture for your plants.
Consider the Plants You’ll Grow
You should settle on what kinds of plants you want to grow before you begin creating an indoor grow room so that you can figure out how to tailor the room towards the needs of that certain plant. This extends to the light plants need to photosynthesize, as all light is not created equal in this regard. Many LED lighting systems for indoor growing have various features and options for tuning to fit the exact specifications you need for optimal plant growth, but you must know what kind of plant you will be using first.
Determine the Surface Area
Next, you’ll need to determine how large the surface area of your indoor garden will be. Grow tents come in a variety of sizes such as 2×4 or 5×5 feet that will help you determine how many LED lights you will need to adequately provide enough light to your plants. It’s not simply enough for the room to be well-lit, as a plant directly under light will receive greater nourishment and growth while plants on the outskirts of the light may wither and die. Beginners should keep in mind that providing thorough light coverage is key to bountiful and effective yields.
Find Durable LED Lights
LED lights are of cutting-edge technology within today’s indoor plant growing, so it can be difficult to home in on what aspects make for a quality fixture with a durability you can feel confident investing your money in.
Aside from comparing the prices of LED lighting systems, you want to inspect the construction of the lights and their components. If a fixture flickers or produces too much heat, you’ll have inconsistencies in the amount of light and heat your plants are exposed to. This potentially harms or stunts the growth of your plants, and in turn reduces crop yield and quality. Keep in mind that your LED lights will be operating for upwards of at least 15 hours a day, so the lights you choose will need to be able to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Managing the Heat of Lights
Another boon of LED lights is that they produce such little heat in comparison to more traditional light bulbs. This will prevent your lights from interfering with the temperature and climate of your grow room or causing damage to your plants from excessive heat—especially when you can expect to have these lights on for hours on end without any opportunity for the bulbs to cool off. LED lights still do create heat, however, and if you need to further manage the heat of your lights, a heat sink can be added to these LED lights to further direct heat away.
Reliability of the Provider
We understand that as important as finding the right LED light is, you want to select one associated with a provider that gives you peace of mind. Doing your research, finding reviews from other users, and weighing your options between providers are all important for finding an LED light you can feel comfortable and confident purchasing. Here at Green sunshine Co, we stress the importance of this by ensuring our customers always have access to a real employee should they ever require support if something goes wrong. In addition to real-time customer service, we offer a 3-year full warranty to help cover any necessary repairs or replacements as you learn and build upon your grow room.
Your peace of mind is our priority so that you can feel good about your purchase and have professionals to fall back on if you ever encounter difficulties and need help protecting your plants so they continue to grow healthy and strong.
Advice You Can Trust
As a beginner, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by how much information on growing and lights is swirling about. It can be even more overwhelming trying to parse what information pertains to your needs or is even good advice to consider at all. To help new growers, we have a free podcast that discusses the best practices for growing plants with the expertise and knowledge of professionals. Furthermore, we present the Grower’s University – paid classes suitable for amateurs and experts alike to get a more in-depth education on the growing process and all the different factors to consider when tailoring LED lights to your plants’ needs. If you’re ever feeling lost or confused about how your plants use lights, we will always be there to help you ensure your investment is being put to good use.
Optimize Power Consumption
Running a grow room can be costly from power usage alone, so you don’t want lights that will increase production costs to unsustainable levels. Our LED lights only use up to 300 watts so that you can ensure effective growth in your plants without expending an absurd amount of energy that could break the bank. This makes LEDs not only cheaper, but far more environmentally friendly, which is naturally in the interest of anyone passionate about growing and cultivating their own flora.
Inspect LED Chip Quality
This is one of the pricier aspects of LED lights as each diode must be manufactured according to exact specifications to emit the correct wavelengths and maintain integrity over time. This makes it worthwhile to look into a reputable manufacturer like the Green Sunshine Co. as a solution for your technological process to assure the diodes are emitting the correct wavelengths, operating efficiently, and that the electronic components are durable.
You will notice in your browsing, however, there are plenty of cheaply produced LEDs targeting budget-conscious shoppers unaware of the factors to consider when buying LED grow lights. It is highly discouraged to buy these cheaper models, as they are often the incorrect wavelengths that you need for a bountiful crop, while also being cheap and easy to break. You may end up spending more money replacing your cheaper LEDs rather than investing in high-quality LEDs that will last much longer while producing better results.