The Promising Future of LED Grow Light Technology
Posted by: Luis Rivera
The conventional growing and agriculture industry has been drastically affected by quality construction and technical innovation. One clear example is the introduction of LED grow lights. This type of grow lights is set to entirely revolutionize the way we grow our plants.
Why LED Grow Lights?
Why are LED grow lights the best indoor growing option now? Here are some of their most important advantages and benefits for growing.
Higher Yield and Improved Potency
The first and maybe biggest advantage of the LED grow lights is the high yield, meaning the amount of usable light produced for the amount of electricity needed. LED grow lights also improve potency of growing. For example, during the flowering stage LED grow lights bring out the natural odor of the cannabis plants, and help them produce more trichomes. The grow lights also produces similar light to the natural autumn one that cannabis is exposed to in the wild.
Lower Heat Output
While LED lights are not the only grow lights available on the market, they are among the best due to their low heat output. As with anything that consumes electricity, naturally LED lights generate heat. However, they consume a lot less energy than other types of bulbs, which makes them much more efficient. LED lights emit a small fraction of heat compared to traditional bulbs. Thus, you don’t need to create a complex cooling system in order to start growing indoors.
While the LED grow lights themselves are not very cheap, they have low maintenance costs, save a lot of energy and do not generate huge electricity bills. Thus, they will last for a long time. This means that you are will be making a bigger investment now, but assuring yourself a stable yield in the long-run.
The Long-Term Advantages of LED Grow Lights
As LED grow lights entered the growing industry just recently, how can we be sure that they will be the future and can they still be improved?
LED grow lights growing can be done without any limitation. This means that you can grow a lot more and are not required to wait for another season or for another rain. What researchers claim is that in the long-run this may be one of the most efficient solutions of the growing demand for food in the world; especially in countries where food production is an issue.
Another benefit is that the LED grow lights are eliminating is the lack of space. Of course, you will still need some space, but the vertical growing makes space an abstract term and you can grow much more plants in the same space you could not even think of with natural lighting.
Not only can one grow year-round with the LED lights, but the entire process can now happen a lot faster. While the sunshine could be limited or obstructed, the LED lights could provide stable source of light for 24 hours a day.
What Type of LED Grow Light Do You Need?
Once you know LED grow lights have a bright future, you may ask yourself which ones are the best.
Consider Your Needs
First, you start with establishing your needs. Ask yourself what do you want to grow and what space you can devote to the process of growing. Having these initial requirements in mind, you will know what type of light you need.
Because of the bulbs LED lights are using, normally they have a lower heat output. In the same time, they still need to be cooled down. There are two types of cooling systems: active and passive. The active cooling system consists of fans that are attached to the lights. While taking care of the heat, those fans could accumulate dirt and generate noise. The fanless LED grow lights do not have this issue. They have passive cooling and most often heat sinks, which absorb the excess heat and makes sure it will not reach the diodes. The type of cooling system is crucial when picking a LED grow light.
The PAR Values
PAR stands for parabolic aluminized reflector, and simply put is the amount of light that’s usable to plants. This means that plants will absorb only some of wavelengths given off by the grow lights, and will use them for photosynthesis. Having realized that, people produce LED lights that have high PAR values and emit a lot of this “good” light, without dispersing any light that will remain unabsorbed by the plants. Thus, it is very important for the LED light not only to be full spectrum, but to have high PAR.
The Water Resistance
Lastly, when you are choosing and buying a LED grow light, you may want the latest tech and the best features. Some of the newer lights are now certified to be water resistant. This is one more useful advantage that makes their work smoother even in humid conditions and they are easier to maintain. Those LED grow lights are also much safer to use and are more flexible in their application. With LED grow lights you can not only create vertical systems, but also aquaponics. Thus, when purchasing the light you can be sure you will have a lot of options in the future.
Name: Luis Rivera
Luis has 20+ years of experience in global market expansion, business development, mergers and acquisitions, business re-engineering, finance and investor relations of software companies. He is passionate about technology, spectral science, indoor farming, food production, automation, and more. Since 2015 he is the president of Advanced LED Lights, a leading LED grow lights manufacturer based in Hiwasse, Arkansas. When not at work, Luis enjoys swimming, yoga, as well as growing grapes and flowers in Sonoma, California.
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