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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:

 

4PCS Mars Reflector 720W Led Grow Light Lamp Full Spectrum Hydro Plant Veg Bloom picture
4PCS Mars Reflector 720W Led Grow Light Lamp Full Spectrum Hydro Plant Veg Bloom
$978.59

4PCS Mars Reflector 720W Led Grow Light Veg Flower Plant IR Full Spectrum Best picture
4PCS Mars Reflector 720W Led Grow Light Veg Flower Plant IR Full Spectrum Best
$978.59

Advanced Platinum Series 12 Band LED Grow Light, Dual Veg/Flower, Full Spectrum picture
Advanced Platinum Series 12 Band LED Grow Light, Dual Veg/Flower, Full Spectrum
$970.29

*PERFECT COND* KIND LED K5 XL1000  USED once for 60 days , 12 hour day picture
*PERFECT COND* KIND LED K5 XL1000 USED once for 60 days , 12 hour day
$967.49

Mars Pro II CREE 256 LED Grow Light Lamp Full Spectrum Veg Flower Indoor Plants picture
Mars Pro II CREE 256 LED Grow Light Lamp Full Spectrum Veg Flower Indoor Plants
$963.25

California Lightworks Solar System 550w Full Cycle LED + CLW Controller Kit 2016 picture
California Lightworks Solar System 550w Full Cycle LED + CLW Controller Kit 2016
$959.0

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!
$959.0

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!
$959.0

4PCS Bestva 1200W Full Spectrum LED Grow Light Panel For Hydroponics Plants picture
4PCS Bestva 1200W Full Spectrum LED Grow Light Panel For Hydroponics Plants
$958.0

powerPAR 200W/120V Greenhouse LED Fixture picture
powerPAR 200W/120V Greenhouse LED Fixture
$958.0

Hydrofarm Parsource powerPAR Greenhouse LED Fixture 400W 400 Watt New picture
Hydrofarm Parsource powerPAR Greenhouse LED Fixture 400W 400 Watt New
$954.16

California Lightworks Solarstorm 440-watt LED with UVB Plant Growing Lights Fixt picture
California Lightworks Solarstorm 440-watt LED with UVB Plant Growing Lights Fixt
$953.79

Blackdog phytomax 800 LED grow light.. =1000w hps,,, ! picture
Blackdog phytomax 800 LED grow light.. =1000w hps,,, !
$950.0

2X Full Spectrum Multi Chips LED Plant Flower Grow Light Bloom Lamp Garden Wifi picture
2X Full Spectrum Multi Chips LED Plant Flower Grow Light Bloom Lamp Garden Wifi
$950.0

Mars Hydro Pro Epistar 320 LED Grow Light Factory Direct 2017 Lights ! picture
Mars Hydro Pro Epistar 320 LED Grow Light Factory Direct 2017 Lights !
$949.99

NEW Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L600  KINDLED 320W L 600 picture
NEW Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L600 KINDLED 320W L 600
$949.95

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