Newest Hydroponic LED Grow Light Systems | Grow Light Tutorial

by jbmail on August 19, 2015

Newest Hydroponic LED Grow Light systems

LED lights have recently gained a lot of attention from hydroponic growers, especially those interested in growing boxes. Recently, advances in LED developments have led to a lot of growers switching to these, making them a popular choice.
Much like everything else, LED lights also have their pros and cons. LED lights consumer about 40% lesser energy as compared to the HID lights, and also burn for about 50,000 to 60,000 hours as compared to HID lights that go off after 2000 to 3000 hours. Luminous efficient lights are said to be highly efficient at producing visible light through the use of electricity, and LED lights fall into that category. LED lights will most definitely save a grower up to 50% of his or her electricity bills, by generating a total of 500 watts per hour at times. Being solid-state components, LED lights are also more shock resistant, along with being capable of emitting light faster and more efficiently. Another major advantage of installing LED lights is that the heat output is considerably lower, ensuring stealth along with eradicating the risk of fires or burns. Additionally, LEDs do not need to initially ‘warm up’ before use, as they are ready to go as soon as you turn them on, also they come with dimmers. LED lights utilize lenses to direct the light output, instead of dispersing it as HID lights do; they save you the expense and complications that come with using reflectors. LEDs are safe, as they are free of mercury or other such compact fluorescents.

However, power management needs to be taken care of when using LEDs as compared to HIDs. Even though LEDs consume around 100 to 150 watts of power less as compared to HIDs, they are more costly initially; they might be cost effective in the longer term in terms of maintenance and accessories.
LED lights come in a lot of different price ranges; some are cheap, while others are highly expensive. Cheap LEDs can have a poor spectrum, low build quality and poor efficiency. These will drastically affect product yield, as they are at the lowest belt of the market. It isn’t worth the savings, that you choose a cheaper LED, because the quality of the crop produced will also be cheap. A step higher is LEDs that are middle priced, and have reasonable quality. These are the most commonly used ones, and come in several different models, covering up to 11 or 12 bands of the PAR spectrum, leaving out only small chunks. At the top tier of the market lie the high end, excellently built, expensively priced LEDs, which contain the full spectrum ranging from 420 to 750 nanometers. Thermal engineering is often put to good use while designing these high end LEDs, causing the heat to dissipate. They also contain protective materials that reduce the damages or dangers to a bare minimum. Also, it goes without saying that the herbs produced using these LED systems are of incomparable quality.

 

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