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LED grow light
LED grow lights are made up of many small LEDs, or light emitting diodes, that each project one specific wavelength of the electromagnetic scale. We interpret this as the visible (although sometimes invisible) color of a diode. Plants use and absorb an array of colors from 400nm to 700nm in order to carry out photosynthesis. Many companies only use 2-3 of the primary colors needed for photosynthesis and plant growth. Plants that are not receiving the complete lighting spectrum needs can become leggy and produce only wispy flowers. Famurs LED Grow Lights feature a complete 12-band spectrum, which includes both infrared and ultraviolet diodes that fall outside of the visible spectrum. While invisible to the naked eye, these vastly important UV & IR diodes, along with the rest of our proprietary spectrum, assist in providing your plants every lighting component needed for robust and complete growth, throughout all stages of their life cycle.
"LEDs offer two main advantages: One, they give off specific wavelengths of light that can be fine-tuned to the plant and its stage of growth... And two, they use way less energy—up to 60 percent less than traditional bulbs, by some accounts."
We've all watched the meteoric rise of LED technology over the last decade. With increasing concerns over energy, LEDs are being promoted by everyone from architects to the United Nations as the go-to solution for efficient personal, residential and commercial lighting.
Admittedly, as grow lights, LEDs have had some growing pains along the way but, with our background in architectural lighting, we've been excited to see the technology mature into what we believe is today's go-to grow solution. For us, it's the consistent results that are most compelling.
Where the rubber meets the road for any grow light.
While traditional HPS, HID and fluorescent grow lights have helped a generation of growers get the job done, ask those same growers about yield and you'll likely hear the same thing: because these lamps don't offer a focused spectrum, greens can become leggy as they reach out for the light and then, as leaves approach the lamps, the tops will often turn away or even wither from the intense heat.
By contrast, LEDs provide the most light in the spectrum precisely where plants need it. Emphasizing the blues and reds that support vegetative and fruiting growth, LEDs maximize the the amount of light that can be photosynthesized, allowing plants to flourish and spread.
LEDs Are Easy Quick Setup and Little Maintenance
Like most traditional grow lights, LED fixtures are plug and play. However, unlike those other units that require special cooling and ventilation needs, LEDs are actually plug and grow!
And with lower electricity needs it's much more likely that you can set up your grow room using your existing electrical outlets. Case in point: growing with Lifted LED you could plug four of our CITY 9 grow lights into a standard 110 outlet, assuming a 20 amp circuit breaker!
How to choose LED grow lights
If you’re looking for a highly efficient light that is compact, durable and has an extended use life LED grow lights are the best option. They run nearly 70% cooler than the HPS lights, which means fewer exhausts in your grow room. They also last longer than CFLs or Halogens, which means you have to replace bulbs less frequently than other light types.
But choosing the best LED light for your grow room is a process in itself. It’ll take some research and a bit of trial and error to find exactly the right light for your grow style. The light you choose depends on different factors. These factors include the size of your room, the kind of plants you are growing (seedlings or clones), and how well you maintain the temperature and environment. It also depends if you want an all-purpose light or you want separate lights to work with the plant at its different growth stages.
First, go with a reputable vendor that offers a money-back guarantee. Avoid sources that make wild claims or use gimmicks to lure you in. Then, consider the amount of space you have, your budget and the type of plants you want to grow.
Avoid underpowered, inexpensive grow lights. Each individual light in a panel, for example, should have an output of at least 1 watt. Read the fine print to determine how many square feet the LED light will cover. For an average growing 5 x 5 growing area, you’ll need 25 square feet of coverage.
If you want to grow a few herbs in your kitchen, look for a reasonably priced kit. Also, think about what you want to grow. Leafy vegetables require less light than flowering or fruiting plants. Before you invest in LED lights, do your homework. The technology is fairly new, but continues to improve with research and time. For the serious hydroponics or indoor gardener, LED lights are definitely worth considering. Hobbyists might choose to wait a bit longer, as technology advances and prices drop.