As lighting technology continues to thrive and advance, growers are starting to replace HID lighting fixtures with LED grow lights. Naturally, LED grow lighting fixtures – such as the ones you might find at LumiGrowth – are going to be a little more expensive than the archaic light fixtures you were using in the past. The question is – how do you maximize your new LED grow lights to make them a worthwhile investment?
Pay Attention To Water Consumption
One of the most common mistakes a cultivator is going to make after switching to LED light fixtures is over watering whatever plant they are cultivating. HID lighting fixtures generate a lot of heat. They also contain a very high level of Infrared light (IR) which causes the soil and the plants to dry out faster than normal. LED grow lights do not generate as much heat and do not have an IR light. This means the plans you are cultivating – and the soil – will not dry out as quickly and will not need as much water.
Make Sure Your Plants Are Warm Enough
As stated previous, some of the more archaic lighting fixtures in the growing industry are known for generating heat. It is not uncommon for cultivators to rely on the heat from the lighting fixture to keep the grow environment warm. With an LED grow light, you can expect a drop in temperature. You are going to need to bump the heat up a bit in order to make sure your plants are not getting too cold. While you will have to pay a little more on your heat bill than you did previously, LED grow lights are so much more energy efficient than their archaic alternatives that you will save money in the long run.
Set a Clear Light Cycle
When growing plants indoors, you have to set a clear light cycle for whatever it is you are growing. The idea is to recreate what the plant would experience if it were growing outdoor. Some growers will attempt to manipulate their own unique light cycle in order to get plants to grow faster than they would if they were growing outside. One of the more popular light cycles used for indoor growing includes 18 hours of light followed by 6 hours of dark. If you are growing flowering crops, a 12 by 12 light cycle will work just fine. However, vegetative crops including herbs and salads need more light than darkness each day.
Consider The Mounting Height
In today’s culture, people like to open up new items, plug them in, and turn them on as fast as they can. You want to put a little time and consideration into setting up your new LED grow lights before you just plug them in and turn them on. If you mount them too far from your plants the amount of space the light covers will be greater, but the light the plants receive will be weaker. If you mount them too close to the plants the light will be too strong and some of the plants won’t get any light. Fortunately, most LED grow lights come with a manual that contains recommendations on how you should install the fixtures and at what distance they should be mounted from the plants. This is one of those times where you are going to want to read the manual.
LED grow light fixtures is the next step in the indoor growing industry. They are energy efficient and provide a lot of benefits to your plans that the archaic options will not offer you. With these tips, you can maximize just how much new LED grow lights can offer you.