Horticultural LED Grow Lights or LED Plant Lights, greatly stimulate the growth of plants by emitting finely tuned wavelengths required for photosynthesis (or the process by which plants convert sunlight into food). Grow Lights basically emulate sunlight in artificial horticultural environments and are the basis for many grow projects where either sunlight is not adequate, out of season or where there is an invested goal to maximise yields and reduce growth cycle times beyond what can be achieved naturally.
LED Grow Lights have become increasingly popular over older fluorescent and HID options for many reasons but mainly because LEDs are much more energy efficient, emit far less heat and last a lot longer. These benefits, combined with the ability to increase yields and reduce growth cycle times all add to the success and profitability of indoor horticulture businesses.
3 Key Benefits of LED Grow Lights:
LED Grow Lights are very Energy Efficient - Studies show that wavelengths in the 400-700nm range are by far the most effective for plants to perform photosynthesis. Unlike Fluorescent and HID grow lights, LEDs can be manufactured to emit a narrow band of wavelengths to meet the requirements of the plant which also helps speed growth and create larger yields. LED technology also converts energy to light more efficiently than other light sources which leads to further savings. The immediate and major reduction in energy costs is one of the best benefits for consumers and commercial growers.
LED Grow Lights Emit Less Heat – Thanks to the finely tuned wavelengths of LEDs and the efficiency of LEDs in converting energy into light, the heat emitted from LED grow light luminaires is far less than that of HID fixtures. HID grow lights emit a wide range of wavelengths, a lot of which cannot be fully absorbed by the plants for photosynthesis and is therefore wasted energy. We feel a lot of this wasted energy in the form of heat. Too much heat can damage plants which is why traditional grow rooms require expensive cooling equipment to keep the room cool. LED grow rooms require far less thermal management. LED grow luminaires can also be suspended far closer to the canopy which provides better Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) levels for your plants
LED Grow Lights offer a Long Lasting Growing Solution – Quality LED luminaires are rugged and designed to last for at least 50,000 hours (>11 years! If on for 12 hours per day). LEDs are solid state use components which handle bumps and vibrations much better than fluorescent and HID light sources. Many LED grow luminaires are also IP65 so one does not need to worry about wetting the luminaire while watering.
Its easy to see why LED grow lights are the way forward when it comes to indoor growing.