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LED Grow Lights

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LED Grow Lights are growing in popularity mainly due to their many benefits. It is very hard to overlook a light that produces the right spectrum of light without producing extraordinary amounts of heat or consuming a large amount of energy. LED plant lights offer you a viable option for providing your plants the proper light needed for healthy growth.

Grow LED lights, are an essential ally in hydroponics gardening (link) or growing plants indoors using more traditional methods. Your plants have seven primary needs that must be met in order to successfully flourish in their environment. Their basic requirements are adequate room to grow, correct temperature, water, air, nutrients (link), time, and of course, light. A plant satisfies these needs naturally outdoors, but when it is grown indoors, you must accommodate the plant with a grow light system (link) if a hardy growth is expected.

Light is an easy essential to provide, but it is one that cannot be overlooked. Any indoor plant that does not receive proper light will start showing symptoms. These may range from signs such as thin stem growth and lack of flowering to death due from starvation. If a natural light source, such as a south or west facing window, is not an option, indoor lighting is vital. Because auxiliary lighting is necessary for proper growth, it is very important that plant producers are well informed regarding the best lighting options available.

All light colors are not created equal when it comes to the benefit of plant production. Grow LED lights allow the plant producer to harness the light and use it based upon specific needs of each group of plants. Categories determine what light color will be most beneficial to each plant grown. Seedlings flourish the best under blue LED lights. Flowering plants thrive beneath red LED grow lights. Plants also require different light spectra during different growing periods.Using LED technology, it is easy for indoor growers to cater to the individual needs of their plant groups. With indoor LED gardening as a viable option, you no longer have to take a gamble with traditional grow lighting.

Growing LED Plant Fixtures

LED plant fixtures are superior to traditional HID or fluorescent lighting in a fundamental way. They are designed better and made to last longer. LED lights also offer users different color options. They also release virtually no heat, weigh less, do not require filaments and are more energy efficient.

When HID lamps (link) are used indoor gardening, they produce an intense amount of harmful heat. This creates an atmosphere unacceptable to a majority of plant life, so the excessive heat must be managed properly. If it is not, you run the risk of stunting plant growth, burning the leaves or even killing it altogether. Indoor gardening enthusiasts have a few options to deal with the heat, but each option results in additional out of pocket expense. Some growers try to move the hot air into another room or even outside of their home, but this requires a blower system (link) to be in place. You could even try to use air conditioning to remedy the problem. This just adds more to the expense of the operation because you will need to install the system, maintain it and provide it with ample electricity. The solution to this problem is rather simple. By switching to LED grow lights, plants will have their essential light without the added heat. LED lights produce virtually no additional heat for you to worry about. In fact, they only produce 3.4 BTUs per hour compared to the 85 BTUs per hour that incandescent bulbs produce.

The benefit of growing with LED does not stop there. There is not a filament to worry about burning up, so their lifetime is multiple times longer than other light sources. It is estimated that an LED light has 50,000 plus hours of life. Fluorescent tubes have around 8,000 to 12,000 hours of usable life and CFL grow lamps (link) only last between 8,000 to 10,000 hours. Fluorescent plant lights also lose working hours when they are put on light timers (link). Cycling your lights on and off is a necessity because a plant needs light on a regular time-frame just as it would outdoors. Grow LED lights work well with light timers and do not lose any "rated life hours" doing so. All lights eventually go out and when they do, traditional lights flicker out abruptly. LED lights, on the other hand, fade out. This gives the you time to replace the light before it goes completely dark.

LED growing lights are also a durable light source. Traditional lighting is easily damaged, but because LED lights do not have a filament and are solid, they hold up against jolting, and bumping. They are also more advantageous when it comes to comparative efficiency. A 90W UFO light (link) emits as much light output as a 400W HID System. That is more than a 75% in savings on your electricity bill.

Higher wattage LED grow lights are initially more expensive to purchase when compared to other light sources, but it must be noted that this cost difference is recouped over time through energy savings and light bulb lifespan. The led panel lights (link) are quite cost effective and are in the same price range as 250W-400W HID grow systems.