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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:

 

California Light Works SolarStorm 440W LED Grow Light with Ratchet Hangers picture
California Light Works SolarStorm 440W LED Grow Light with Ratchet Hangers
$826.39

Gorilla Grow Tent/KIND LED Starter Grow Kit picture
Gorilla Grow Tent/KIND LED Starter Grow Kit
$826.39

Gorilla Grow Tent/KIND LED Starter Grow Kit picture
Gorilla Grow Tent/KIND LED Starter Grow Kit
$826.39

6PCS GeniusLED 1000W  Full Spectrum LED grow light Panel For Medical Plants picture
6PCS GeniusLED 1000W Full Spectrum LED grow light Panel For Medical Plants
$826.15

6PCS Bestva 800W Full Spectrum LED grow light  Flower plants veg and bloom picture
6PCS Bestva 800W Full Spectrum LED grow light Flower plants veg and bloom
$825.94

Kind LED Grow Light | K3 - L600 Vegetative LED Grow Light picture
Kind LED Grow Light | K3 - L600 Vegetative LED Grow Light
$824.95

Full Spectrum 6-1600W IR UV LED Plant Grow Light Veg Hydroponic AC85-265V LVJING picture
Full Spectrum 6-1600W IR UV LED Plant Grow Light Veg Hydroponic AC85-265V LVJING
$820.5

10PCS Big eyes 150W LED Grow Light Lamp Panel Indoor UFO Hydroponic System Mini picture
10PCS Big eyes 150W LED Grow Light Lamp Panel Indoor UFO Hydroponic System Mini
$820.0

5PCS Mars Reflector 96 LED Grow Light Indoor Plants full Spectrum IR 207W Hydro picture
5PCS Mars Reflector 96 LED Grow Light Indoor Plants full Spectrum IR 207W Hydro
$819.96

5PCS Mars Hydro Reflector 96 Led Grow Light Indoor Hydroponic System True 210W picture
5PCS Mars Hydro Reflector 96 Led Grow Light Indoor Hydroponic System True 210W
$818.99

5PCS Reflector 96 Led Grow Light True Watt 210W Full Specrum Panel Indoor Plants picture
5PCS Reflector 96 Led Grow Light True Watt 210W Full Specrum Panel Indoor Plants
$818.99

5PCS Reflector 96 LED Grow Light IR Full Spectrum Growth Bloom Switch True 210W picture
5PCS Reflector 96 LED Grow Light IR Full Spectrum Growth Bloom Switch True 210W
$818.99

5PCS Reflector 96 Hydroponic Lamp Plant LED Panel Veg Flower Switch IR True 210W picture
5PCS Reflector 96 Hydroponic Lamp Plant LED Panel Veg Flower Switch IR True 210W
$818.99

5x Reflector 96 LED Grow Light Panel Wholesale Hydroponic Plant switch Veg bloom picture
5x Reflector 96 LED Grow Light Panel Wholesale Hydroponic Plant switch Veg bloom
$818.94

MarsHydro MARSII 1600 Led Grow Light Full Spectrum High Penentration Led Grow & picture
MarsHydro MARSII 1600 Led Grow Light Full Spectrum High Penentration Led Grow &
$818.65

4PCS GoldenRing S4 840W LED Grow Light Advanced Penetration Lens Design picture
4PCS GoldenRing S4 840W LED Grow Light Advanced Penetration Lens Design
$814.0

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