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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:

 

AgroMax Intensity Series 228 watt LED GROW LIGHT COB TECHNOLOGY chip on board  picture
AgroMax Intensity Series 228 watt LED GROW LIGHT COB TECHNOLOGY chip on board
$593.95

Kind LED K3 Series L300 KIND LED GROW LIGHT picture
Kind LED K3 Series L300 KIND LED GROW LIGHT
$592.99

 LED 75w UFO STEALTH GROW BOX CABINET PC CARBON FILTER NEW!! 80 CM HEIGHT !!! picture
LED 75w UFO STEALTH GROW BOX CABINET PC CARBON FILTER NEW!! 80 CM HEIGHT !!!
$587.93

5PCS Pioneer  NEW 300W 10band Full Spectrum Flower Plant LED Grow Light picture
5PCS Pioneer NEW 300W 10band Full Spectrum Flower Plant LED Grow Light
$589.99

New 2014 480w HO V2.0 Lighthouse Hydro BlackStar LED Grow light Veg/Clone L036 picture
New 2014 480w HO V2.0 Lighthouse Hydro BlackStar LED Grow light Veg/Clone L036
$589.95

Apollo 12 540W 180X3W LED Hydroponic Plant Grow DHL/TNT/EMS LED GROW LIGHT picture
Apollo 12 540W 180X3W LED Hydroponic Plant Grow DHL/TNT/EMS LED GROW LIGHT
$589.0

2013 1000W LED Grow Light 10Spectrums IR Indoor Hydroponic System Plant Ufo Hot  picture
2013 1000W LED Grow Light 10Spectrums IR Indoor Hydroponic System Plant Ufo Hot
$587.1

Lush Lighting - Luminator 2X 180W LED Grow Light 180 watt picture
Lush Lighting - Luminator 2X 180W LED Grow Light 180 watt
$585.65

Lush Lighting - Herbal Vador 2x XL 180W LED Grow Light 180 watt picture
Lush Lighting - Herbal Vador 2x XL 180W LED Grow Light 180 watt
$585.65

2pcs VIPAR 5W Series C3X3 675W LED Grow Light High Power Full Spectrum Veg Bloom picture
2pcs VIPAR 5W Series C3X3 675W LED Grow Light High Power Full Spectrum Veg Bloom
$581.48

Bysen Helios 420w LED Grow Light picture
Bysen Helios 420w LED Grow Light
$580.0

~1x 1000W~LED Grow Light 10 Spectrums IR Indoor Hydroponic System Plant Ufo New! picture
~1x 1000W~LED Grow Light 10 Spectrums IR Indoor Hydroponic System Plant Ufo New!
$580.0

New 5*pcs 300W LED Grow Lights metal halide grow lights review for indoor plants picture
New 5*pcs 300W LED Grow Lights metal halide grow lights review for indoor plants
$580.0

2PCS Mars2 700w LED Grow Light 5W Led Full Spectrum LED Lighting Free Hanger picture
2PCS Mars2 700w LED Grow Light 5W Led Full Spectrum LED Lighting Free Hanger
$579.98

LED Grow Lights picture
LED Grow Lights
$579.72

Led Grow light Killer Bee New release 160w grow tent 2013 picture
Led Grow light Killer Bee New release 160w grow tent 2013
$579.0

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