Growing plants indoor is both expensive and time-consuming.
It requires the use of artificial light sources which will definitely drive up the price of utility bills on a large scale. After all, you can’t just replicate the sun inside your home that cheaply. Before LED grow lights were introduced to the market, HPS lights were the standard lighting system used by growers for growing their plants indoors. However, the use of such lighting system proved to be quite expensive since it inefficiently uses a great deal of energy to operate. With that, the quest for an energy-efficient lighting source also capable of producing more light has begun.
Compared to HPS grow lights, LED grow lights excel in every way. But what exactly makes them a better alternative for indoor plant growing?
Light Intensity – lots of people are worried about the type of intensity that LED grow lights provide. As compared to HPs lights, the intensity of light produced is near even. However, LED lights don’t compete when being measured in terms of standards for such lights. In various tests conducted, LED lights were able to outperform HPs lights even though they don’t seem to produce light with a higher intensity. Also during the tests conducted, LED grow lights were capable of producing an even yield, ultimately showing that further technological advances could increase the yield significantly.
Yield – LED lights have undergone various tests regarding yield. Overall, growers who use HPS lights yielded .5 grams per watt, while LED lights were able to yield 1 to 1.5 grams per watt, thus making them to be 3 times more effective. In other words, whenever you harvest you will actually get 3 times the normal yield!
Heat – if you are using HPS grow lights and have to battle heat constantly, then LED lights could provide you with the substitute you need. Instead of spending extra money for providing a cooling system for your lighting system, LED lights can actually nearly touch your plants and not harm them whatsoever. While it might still be beneficial to use HPS lights during cold weather, you could instead perhaps heat the grow room rather than using HPS lighting and shoulder the burden. Moreover, the heat output of LED lights could increase as they grow larger but the most common ones used by most growers are warm to the touch minus the burning heat which traditional lights produce.
Longevity – an average HPS light could last for around 10,000 hours which is considered a long time when growing plants indoor. However, LED lights last much longer. They actually has a lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours which is equal to 15 years of high quality indoor growing. This is more affordable, efficient and convenient, a win-win-win.
Type of light – the type of light which LED grow lights have is specifically created for both the flowering and vegetative stages of a plant. While HPS lights tend to emit the entire wavelength, LED lights on the other hand only focus on the blue and red spectrums which fit the needs of the plant you are growing. They also ensure that every bit of light is distributed and used for the growth process.
Versatility – in terms of versatility, LED lights are far superior. HPS lights don’t offer a lot of flexibility due to their bulk while LED lights can be easily positioned around your plants. They can even be placed relatively close to the crop.
The mentioned features are the main reasons why many growers have opted for LED grow lights in growing their plants indoor. If you do the same, then you might consider switching to this much better lighting alternative.
Take advantage of technology and equip your operation with some LED lights.