[3 Easy Tips] How to Fix your LED Spectrum for Flowering Plants

A quick picture of me with some of my plants… just one of my growth chambers.

Welcome!  My name is Dan, and I’m excited you’re here.

I study the science of photobiology and let me tell you, not many grow lights out there are giving your plants the colors they need… or want…

I can’t wait to share with you secrets about how plants are affected by color, how most grow lights on the market give out the wrong color, and what you can do about it without replacing your entire grow light system!

Today, we will fix the spectrum in your garden.  This means happier plants and bigger yields await…

Today is a good day to be you!

Use these tips to unlock better growth in your garden with a few simple steps — all under $100 and one is even free!  You’ve taken a solid step forward to fix your LED system’s spectrum.  Your plants will reward you!

By correcting the spectrum, you allow the plants to grow bigger and better.  Traditional LED lights starve your plants of required colors and wavelengths they expect in nature.

Sometimes the colors that common LED grow lights give out are all out of whack and your plants just “deal with it” … but aren’t growing to their full potential.

Just because your plants are staying alive and getting bigger… doesn’t mean they are thriving!  You may have bought these lights online, and of course they work, but have you experienced growth greatness?  Growing alone is hard enough as it is…why should we have to worry about light when all we are doing is trying to save power with LED?

The good news is, most of these fixes require only a small investment, and one is even free!

 After you read this, join in the conversation below and ask questions if you have any.  Feel free to post what grow light you have if you’re looking for specific advice.

I’m excited for you and your garden! Are you ready?  Let’s go.

 

All LED Owners – Temperature & Airflow Check!

 

Even though your LEDs might run nice and cool… you do need to keep those temperatures up in your grow tent to get maximum yields.

The High Pressure Sodium bulbs give out a spike of heat that plants actually love, so you’ll actually need to run your grow environment hotter than what you normally would with high pressure sodium.

This is good because letting your room get hotter means you need to use less energy cooling it!

Aim for eighty degrees, but 78-82 degrees is the sweet spot.

Because LED’s run nice and cool, it’s also important to get extra airflow over your plants, they breathe less without exposure to high heat – so be sure you have at least one clip fan blowing over the tops of your plants.

 

Attn: All Purple LED Light Owners With “Veg” And “Flower” Switches or Color Dials

 

Does your LED grow light have a “Veg” or “Flower” switch?  If so, stop turning off the  “Flower” or “Bloom” switch for veg …. unless you’re hoping to preserve a small plant in a nursery setting.

Depriving your plants of red light and dumping them with blue light will stunt their growth.  Just check out what happens to lettuce below in a scientific study when blue light % increased…

The reaction of lettuce when exposed to certain percentages of blue and green light.

 

They found that blue light actually stunted growth by reducing leaf size while also diminishing the rate of photosynthesis.  Crazy right?

What’s more, blue light is the color that causes the greatest stress and light burn.

If possible, run your LED light with both “Veg” and “Flower” turned on.  Back off the light to reduce the intensity, and your plants will thank you in return with vigorous growth!

If you have dimmable dials on your LEDs, during veg try keeping blue lower than what you normally would and observe the results…   Every photobiology study out there recommends Blue light to be lower than 30% for optimal results during vegetative growth for flowering plants.  If you could get that down to 15% it would be even better.

If you have Red/Blue/White switches, try your results with just “Red” and “White” turned on.  “White” actually has a lot of blue light, just enough to give what plants need so that they don’t “stretch”.

Interesting, huh?

Take a peek at your spectrum (more on that below) and use the information above to try to reduce the amount of blue, especially in your vegetative growth cycle because it will change how your plant grows and how big and fast the leaves expand.

Bigger leaves…faster growth…more harvest…

You will be blown away at the results.

During early flowering, when the leaf growth is slowing, turn on all of the channels at max power and let er’ rip.

Trust me…. I know it sounds like one of those statements on the back of a Microwavable Popcorn bag that says “Do not use your Microwave’s ‘Popcorn’ button” … but seriously… don’t use your grow light’s veg and bloom switches as they are intended.  You will end up with smaller yields.

Drop me a note below with a comment and click “Submit” with any questions and I will respond and help you “fix” your grow light’s settings! 

 

All Purple LED Light Owners

 

We’re trying to do two things with grow lights that have mostly red and blue in their spectrum…

  1. Blue Light Correction – This is the most important step to fix if your grow light has primarily blue light.  If you own a “ViparSpectra” this is definitely a step to take for you (this light is really meant for aquariums).  Try to find the manufacturer’s web page.  You’re looking for a spectrum graph.   You can also count the number of red and blue LEDs to get an idea. If there is an equal or higher amount of BLUE than RED, you’re going to want to fix that for all stages of growth.  We want blue light to be UNDER 30% and OVER 10% of the total spectrum.
  2. Full Spectrum Correction – Our goal here is to nourish plants with some full spectrum light (green/yellow) to help them thrive with more light information.  In addition, that should help your eyes out!  Adding white light will assist you in caring for your plants so you can see them in natural color.  A win-win!

 

My recommendation is to add a 50W Warm White LED Flood Light to your garden.  It’s about $35 with CREE LEDs, so you cannot go wrong.  Above all, it will snap most blue-heavy or red/blue spectrums into balance.  These flood lights are great to have around and I use them myself!  They are fantastic to use on their own for young seedlings and can easily be positioned into tight areas of your grow space.

Plus, the more light sources you have in your grow space, the better light penetration and spread you will have.  This means a bigger usable grow area and more growth deeper in your canopy.  What’s more, you can experiment with positioning these lights to the side and getting more angles of light sent towards your plant that will create bushier growth… Talk about an upgrade!

To start, find out how much your grow light pulls from the wall, not the advertised wattage.  For example, the Viparspectra 300W, while advertised at 300W actually pulls 136 Watts from the wall.  Be sure to find the right number.  You’ll have to search for it!

You’ll want to take Total Watts / 2 and shoot for that in your supplemental lighting.  So if Total Watts is 136, half that is about 70W.   We want about 70W of supplementary light.

If you have a ViparSpectra 300W, we’d want 1 or 2 50W Warm White LED Flood Lights for our light supplementation project.

What are you waiting for?  At such a low price to get started with just one, you can’t go wrong.

 

 

White And Purple LED Light Owners (The Best Solution)

 

Buy a low wattage HPS Light!  You will not regret it.  I work with production-level growers and if they are growing with LED, many of them are also supplementing with HPS bulbs.

The reason?  It works.

I know it seems counter-intuitive, but you will save MORE energy by getting GREATER YIELDS with the kind of yellow, red, and infra-red light that the HPS puts out.  Simply providing just a little bit of the colors that are missing in white or purple LED systems will unleash a huge amount of growth in your garden.

The quality and quantity of your harvest will increase for just a small investment…  It will snap your purple and white LEDs and turn them into a monster grow setup.

You will want to supplement your grow ideally with a 1:1 ratio of LED to HPS power.  Half HPS power is great as well.

For $70 and only 150 Watts of power, how can you go wrong?

 

 

 

 

What about Next-Gen LED Technology?

I never thought you’d ask!  If you’re waiting for the next big thing, you’ve come to the right place.

Now that you’re here and learning, check out our HPS vs LED Grow Lights: The Ultimate Efficiency Showdown article to learn even more!

Keep growing green my friends, and don’t forget to leave a comment below!

 

99 thoughts on “[3 Easy Tips] How to Fix your LED Spectrum for Flowering Plants

  1. andre brown Reply

    Hi Greensunshine, thanks for your awesome post.

    I’ve got a 2-600w viparspectra with veg and bloom switches, would you advise to keep both the blue”veg” and red”bloom” light spectrums during the veg and flowering stage ? my plants seem to be growing very nice so far and I have only been doing veg light for veg since early growth there about 20 inches now . this is my first time using led I have venom go and the temp is about 78. thanks so much also I’m going to get the light as well..

  2. Mike Reply

    Hi was hoping for quick advice. I have 2 Aglex 1200w cob led lights both with veg and bloom switches. I’m running in a 4×4 tent is that too much light with both running full power? Draws about 200 actual watts each from thd wall. First timd grower 4 weeks into autoflowers.

    • greensunshine Post authorReply

      Definitely not too much light 🙂 . Could use more, actually.

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