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LED Grow Lights, Lamps and Bulbs

Hydroponic System DiagramPlants seem respond well to LED lights similar to fluorescent’ lights. They generally result in a tight inter-nodal growth, and short stocky, strong plants. The plants do look a little different, the leaves can tend to curl down, but are usually thicker and a more healthy shade of green.

Vegetative growth tends to be a little slower compared to MH and HPS lights, but seem to be healthy and progress normally. Fruiting and flowering is also slightly slower but healthy.

One LED UFO will come very close to the best results you could achieve with a 400 watt HPS and it uses only 1/4 of the electricity, plus it doesn’t generate any heat. But LED’s are NOT the best choice for big plants however, that’s because they loose light intensity quickly the farther away the foliage is from the light source. Listed below are some LED and LED light kits to get you started.

In terms of lighting systems for indoor hydroponics growing, LED is the new kid on the block. LED, much like fluorescent lighting produces a very small amount of heat. Unlike florescent lighting, LED lighting equipment is quite expensive. However, LEDs are about the most efficient lights in terms of energy consumption. It is likely that the reduced costs of powering this lighting could more than offset the initial capital outlays through the life of an LED panel.

One of the shortcomings of LED has been the limited spectrum produced by diodes. Thus far, LED lights are unable to combine all colors of the light spectrum in a single diode. The only way to get the full spectrum is to combine diodes of different colors in a panel to produce a quality of light that plants respond best to at a given stage of their life cycle. For example, red is a preferred color of flowering plants in the blooming stage. HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights are not able to produce the maximum spectral output in the red wavelengths that plants can utilize, LEDs can. This has the net effect of maximizing photosynthesis. Some LED systems allow control and manipulate spectral output, providing your plants with the optimum light for a given stage.

Another drawback of LEDs is that the light produced lacks the intensity of HID systems. Getting summer crops, accustomed to the summertime sun, to flower and fruit, requires intense light. Getting fruits and vegetables to achieve maximum growth requires the same. . As an aside, summer crops are also adapted to heat, and LEDs provide very little heating. Intensity also effects light’s ability to penetrate foliage, therefore LEDs may not be well suited to maximizing production in taller plants.

Here are a few notable advantages of LED lights, and a recap:

  • They use less energy. This is perhaps the most noteworthy advantage to LEDs at the moment.
  • They are very long lasting. In fact, the diodes in your panel will probably outlast the power supply, and the power supply can be replaced.
  • Since they are solid state, they are very durable. It is a lot harder to damage an LED panel than it is to break a light bulb or fluorescent tube.
  • They produce less heat. This can also fall out on the disadvantage side of the equation, depending on what you are growing.
  • They are smaller than other light sources.
  • Greater control over the color of light.

The biggest drawback to LEDs is the cost. Most of the other shortcomings will be reduced or eliminated as the technology matures. Due to the energy efficiency of LEDs, there is a lot of R&D going on in all applications that require light, indoor growing is sure to reap the benefits in.

As you can see with some of the lights below they can be quite expensive although the costs are coming down quickly:

 

Growzilla 3.0 9 Plant LED Hydroponics Grow Box picture
Growzilla 3.0 9 Plant LED Hydroponics Grow Box
$1150.0

5x5ft x 6.5ft Grow Tent Kit w/ (4) 1000w LED Lights + Fan & Filter Hydro Package picture
5x5ft x 6.5ft Grow Tent Kit w/ (4) 1000w LED Lights + Fan & Filter Hydro Package
$1145.0

6PCS Bestva 1200W Full Spectrum Double Chips LED Grow Light Panel for Plants  picture
6PCS Bestva 1200W Full Spectrum Double Chips LED Grow Light Panel for Plants
$1143.74

6PCS 1200W Bestva LED Grow Light Full Spectrum For Medical Plants Veg and Bloom picture
6PCS 1200W Bestva LED Grow Light Full Spectrum For Medical Plants Veg and Bloom
$1143.74

7x Mars 2 400W LED Grow Light Bulk Order Commercial Wholesale Veg True watt 162W picture
7x Mars 2 400W LED Grow Light Bulk Order Commercial Wholesale Veg True watt 162W
$1143.08

High Efficient 10W LED Grow Light, Plant Grow Lights E27 Growing Bulbs For Garde picture
High Efficient 10W LED Grow Light, Plant Grow Lights E27 Growing Bulbs For Garde
$1141.8

4pcs GoldenRing S6 1260W LED Grow Light Penetration Lens Design For Plants   picture
4pcs GoldenRing S6 1260W LED Grow Light Penetration Lens Design For Plants
$1139.9

Advanced Platinum Series P900 900w 12-band LED Grow Light - DUAL VEG/FLOWER FULL picture
Advanced Platinum Series P900 900w 12-band LED Grow Light - DUAL VEG/FLOWER FULL
$1135.53

California Lightworks Solarstorm 440-watt LED with UVB picture
California Lightworks Solarstorm 440-watt LED with UVB
$1135.12

LED Plant Grow Light R.B.T.Z Incorporate Desk Lamp Clamp Flexible Neck 360 Degre picture
LED Plant Grow Light R.B.T.Z Incorporate Desk Lamp Clamp Flexible Neck 360 Degre
$1130.8

Growzilla 3.0 - 9 Plant LED Hydroponics Grow Box - With Co2 Boost Enhancer! picture
Growzilla 3.0 - 9 Plant LED Hydroponics Grow Box - With Co2 Boost Enhancer!
$1129.0

Advanced Platinum Series P900 900w 12-band LED Grow Light - DUAL VEG/FLOW... New picture
Advanced Platinum Series P900 900w 12-band LED Grow Light - DUAL VEG/FLOW... New
$1122.58

2PCS GoldenRing S16 3360W LED Grow Light full spectrum indoor medical plant Lamp picture
2PCS GoldenRing S16 3360W LED Grow Light full spectrum indoor medical plant Lamp
$1122.39

2PCS GoldenRing S16 3360W LED Grow Light Lamp Full Spectrum High Yield MJ Plant picture
2PCS GoldenRing S16 3360W LED Grow Light Lamp Full Spectrum High Yield MJ Plant
$1121.48

eSavebulbs 18W LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants Red Blue Led Light Bulb E27 36PC picture
eSavebulbs 18W LED Grow Light for Indoor Plants Red Blue Led Light Bulb E27 36PC
$1117.6

E-strore LED grow light strip flexible soft bar light 5m/16.4ft 300 LEDs 5050 SM picture
E-strore LED grow light strip flexible soft bar light 5m/16.4ft 300 LEDs 5050 SM
$1114.3

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