Pros and Cons of LED Grow Lights and Other Grow Lighting Options

If you have your own indoor garden then you should know that the type of grow light you choose will affect the way your plants grow. After all, each type of grow light has its own benefits to offer depending on your growing needs. Because of that, we have made a short assessment of the various grow lighting options in the market, particularly the LED grow lights.

METAL HALIDE BULBS

 

Pros

1. They have good quality and light output

2. They are a better choice for those who want to work easily under their own grow room

3. They are relatively cheaper than most indoor grow lights

4. A good option during the vegetative stage

Cons

1. They require a compatible ballast in order to function

2. They need frequent replacement, usually every 12-18 months

HPS (HIGH-PRESSURE SODIUM)

Pros

1. They also have good quality and light output by producing a heavy light in the red and orange part of the spectrum

2. They typically have a longer lifespan than MH bulbs and will thus need less replacement

3. They are yet another cheap-ish alternative for an indoor grow light

Cons

1. Just like MH bulbs, they also need a ballast to operate

2. They tend to produce a lot of heat, thus prompting you to invest in a cooling system

3. They need replacements every 2 years depending on the daily usage

PLASMA

Pros

1. Features a full spectrum light for both vegetative and flowering stages of your plants

2. Has a longer lifespan of 50,000 hours on average

3. Produces less heat than HID lights

Cons

1. They are more expensive

2. The technology is still new, hence you will have to figure out by yourself how to use it on your grow room

LED GROW LIGHTS

red blue led grow lights

RED BLUE LED GROW LIGHTS

Pros

1. You can have the ability to tune the color spectrum in order to provide specific lighting for your plants’ varying growth stages

2. They are more efficient than the traditional lighting options out there in the market. LED grow lights are capable of reducing electricity costs by as much as 75% as compared with other grow lights.

3. They produce very little heat thus allowing you to save on cooling systems unlike any other grow lighting options.

4. LED grow lights have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours of continuous usage, with some models even reaching up to 100,000 hours depending on daily use.

5. They also have a compact design meaning that they are a lot thinner and lighter than any other grow lights.

Cons

1. They have tended to be initially expensive compared with other lighting sources

2. They don’t produce a lot of heat meaning you will need a heating system installed during cold seasons

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