Today’s modern world has seen advancements in all aspects of our lives. Our grow lights are no exception. LED grow lights have become the way of the future while the old methods with HPS have become pretty outdated. They now seem less productive but that says more about the latest technology than it does about the deficiencies of the older.
Here are 6 Tips To Help Maximize Your Grow Lights With LED.
- Watch Your Watering
With older HID and HPS lighting you were required to water your plants constantly. These lights would dry up your soil and your plants quite quickly so it made daily watering essential.
LED light systems do not generate as much radiant heat and are not shining high levels of infrared light onto your plants.
Therefore, you need to adjust your watering scheduling and make sure not to overwater your plants.
- Less Heat + Less Energy = Low Energy Bill
LED grow lights are going to be giving off less heat while they operate. As opposed to the other lights we have been using, LED lights generate less energy as well.
While you may need to supplement the heat wherever you are growing, this will allow you to have full control over the temperature of your growing space. While running LED lights that are saving you stacks and stacks of cash monthly.
- Mounting Height Matters
We understand that our culture today is all about plugging something in and starting right away.
We don’t care how that new television looks on the wall, just make sure it’s standing up and we can watch Netflix. Right?
The same goes when you are installing your LED grow lights. The height that you mount your new fixtures is a very important piece to the puzzle. Taking the extra time needed can make a big difference in what you produce in the end.
If you mount it too high than you’re going to increase the amount of space covered by the light but at the same time you will be losing your light’s strength. If you mount your lights too low then you may cause more damage than good to your plants with a closely focused source of light landing directly on top of them.
We suggest that you always refer to your light manufacturer’s recommendation, which is usually found in the manual that comes with your fixtures. Understand your DLI [Daily Light Integral] and do your calculations from that number.
- Multiple Units
LED lights allow you to focus and target one area in your grow to maximize that area’s growing potential. But, as we stated earlier, you need to be able to have your lights mounted at specific heights.
When you do this, you may be spot on with one area at the expense of another which perhaps isn’t getting sufficient light. That is why you should consider installing multiple LED grow light units in order to properly spread your light evenly throughout your grow.
With multiple units you will be able to overlap each area with each other. This will give you a perfectly covered area of light—that reaches every plant evenly throughout your growing operation.
We are more than happy to assist you in figuring out how many you need and how to install them. To help create a complete blanket of light coverage for all of your plants.
- Know Your Light Cycles
Your light cycles must be in perfect rhythm if you are ever going to create your desired amount of produce. Whether you are an indoor grower operating away from any natural sunlight or you’re growing in a greenhouse, you must set and know your light cycles.
Light cycles allow you to set intervals of time when your lights are running and when they are not. This helps you from having to worry about turning the lights on and off and they will do it for you automatically.
If you are growing in a green house then you must throw up dark sheets or blankets to shield your plants from the outdoor light.
Doing this enables you to have complete control over your plants growing life. This is essential when using LED grow lights.
The most popular light cycle known to be most effective is 18 hours of light per day, with the remaining 6 hours in darkness. For flowers a 12-12 evenly split cycle will work well to increase your overall production as well. But for plants such as herbs or vegetables, an 18-hour sunlight cycle works best.
- Create Your Own Light Recipe
With LED lights you are able to control just about everything when you are growing. This allows you to maximize production and it allow you to do it your way. Just don’t go over the top.
This extends as far as to the recipe of light that you are shining down onto your plants. Controlling the various colors that you are exposing to your plants – blue, white, red, and far-red – can allow you to change the photoperiod cycle of your plants.
For example, a light recipe that involves light from the far-red spectrum has shown to reduce the flowing cycle of some plants, which in turn reduces the time spent until harvesting can begin.
A light recipe can help you calculate your DLI for your crop, and will allow you to increase or decrease the output of like needed for your supplemented lighting daily.