Although LED lighting for plants has been around for a few years now, there are some basic things that you need to know before you purchase. Get any of these things wrong, and plants might not do well, or worse could happen. Here are five things to consider when you purchase.
Customize the spectrum of light for your plants
Did you know that lighting can affect the taste, growth and size of anything you grow? If you want to your indoor garden to yield a productive harvest follow these simple steps:
Plants need a full spectrum of light in the right proportions. They need different combinations of light depending on their stage of growth. Each wavelength triggers specific responses from plants. Indoor plants grow best under full-spectrum bulbs, producing a balance of cool and warm light that replicates natures solar spectrum with enough intensity to give them what they need. You can pick a universal light, or something that has been custom designed specifically for the types of crop you plan to grow.
Quality Equals Long Life
A properly designed light will achieve its full lifetime. A high-quality grow light will be designed for the environment and daily usage you expect. Eco Lighting Solutions premium GrowTronics™ lighting systems come with a 5-year warranty as our commitment to quality.
LED Lights Produce Less Heat
When using high intensity lighting, heat management is a large part of the growing process. LED lights produce far less heat than traditional lamps giving you more control over the growing environment. LED lights offer the option of intercanopy lighting, in addition to top lighting, providing the lower leaves the light they need to thrive.
LED Lights Provide More intensity with Less Energy
LED has allowed us to get the same brightness of light while using much less energy.
A lumen is the unit used to measure light intensity or brightness, and wattage is the measurement of how much power a light source uses. LED bulbs use as much as 50 percent less electricity than fluorescent or other grow lights, which allows LED lighting to be easily adapted to an existing home or greenhouse without having to add extra circuits or power.
Certification is Critical for Safety
The quality of your lighting includes safety. And there is a difference in lighting, even within LED lighting. As the expression goes, you get what you pay for. Make sure the lighting you buy is manufactured to Canadian standards and clearly carries one of the three logos noted here. High quality lights will have CSA, cUL or ETL certification. It’s important that your lighting is properly grounded and is safe in damp locations.
GrowTronics is a comprehensive line of premium quality LED grow lighting systems designed for a wide range of applications, from residential to professional. Plants grown under the GrowTronics LED systems are healthier than those grown under florescent or artificial light sources.
Spectrum requirements vary based on the plant species and natural environment, and Eco Lighting Solutions offers a wide range of options for effective grow lighting to suit every budget.
Do you have grow lighting questions? Call us today at 403.208.0251, we’re happy to help!