Although LED grow lights bring numerous benefits to indoor plant cultivation, but success in this endeavour depends upon choosing the right LED grow lights. Choosing the right product can be challenging, especially for people who have never done it before. The market has a wide variety of models, types, and manufacturers to choose from, making the process a bit confusing.
Using the wrong sort of LED grow lights for your particular growing needs can be counterproductive, so making the right purchase is a must. Besides the location and purpose of your grow tent, there are several other considerations that go into choosing the right LED grow lights. Following is a list of the most important things that you should look for in a grow light before making a purchase:
Quality of the materials is the most important factor that plays a role in preserving the longevity of LED grow lights. Models made out of materials that abide by quality standards published by regulatory bodies can extend the lifespan of the lights for up to 10 years.
The market is littered with numerous manufacturers and brands that sell a variety of LED grow lights. In order to make the right decision, choose the brand that has a good reputation, recommendations, long history of happy customers and market competitive prices.
3. Energy Consumption and Production
Since these LED grow lights run on electricity for a good 10-12 hours every day, it is safe to say that your energy bill will definitely increase. To make sure you don’t end up purchasing lights that take up an unnecessary amount of energy, read the product descriptions thoroughly.
4. Semiconductor Chip
Semiconductor chips are the cores of LED grow lights that determine the light’s wavelength and converts electric energy into light. Look for models that have a 3-watt chip in order to provide sufficient light.
5. Heat Emission
The amount of heat that comes from the lights is an important consideration as the light will be in close proximity to the plants. A high emission could damage the plants and will burn out the lights more quickly. So choose lights that have balanced low-heat output bulbs with aluminium heat-sinks attached.
6. Light Spectrum
Different plants might require light in different wavelengths and spectrums in order to grow in the most efficient way possible. A full spectrum LED grow light allows you to adjust these factors and aid the plant’s growth by adjusting them to provide the right photosynthetic radiations.
7. Flexibility and Use
High-quality LED growing lights are not only efficient in their function, but also flexible and easy enough to use. Since you will need to move and turn the lights to adjust the wavelength and intensity of the lights, look for ones that enable you to do that conveniently.
All manufacturers provide a limited a warranty of performance with each model. In most cases, these LED lights are supposed to last for a decade when used normally. So look for LED grow lights that offer wither that or more, as low warranties are a sign for cheap products that will fry quickly.
9. Growing Location
The basic requirement is considered to be 32 watts of light per square foot for high plants, and 11-18 watts for lower ones. This means that you need to measure out the space you will be growing your plants in to determine the number of lights (watts) you will require.
10. Plant Species
This point might be a very obvious one, but just as important as the others. Different plants have varying requirements of light; meaning that depending on the plant you choose, you will need a different model. For example, if you are growing tomatoes, you might need a light that provides enough energy to maximize their growth. But the same light would burn and damage the plants if you choose to grow delicate flowers.