There are many indoor marijuana growers who prefer LED for indoor cultivation. It provides the correct colour spectrum that influences the THC content, terpenes in the marijuana plant. So you tweak the plant growth according to your requirement. In this article, we will learn about the LED lights, their importance, and many more
The Different Types of LED Grow Lights
Low or No Heat Emission: The LED grow lights produce the least amount of heat. As compared to the HPS, or HID lights, they emit significant heat that burns the plant foliage. LED lights produce enough light and brightness for the plants and also reduces the emission of other harmful particles.
A good lighting will help you grow healthy cannabis. It will also save the marijuana from pests and moulds as well. With adequate lighting, you can easily store the main product for a long time. It will preserve the plant’s THC content, aroma and effectiveness. There are different types of LED grow lights to grow your plants healthy.
LED technology has only been available on a commercial level in the horticultural industry for around three years. So realistically, they would only have had time to trial a limited number of spectrums that may yield good results for one or two strains/cultivars. We simply have not had the technology long enough to perform the testing needed!
After veg and moving to flower, most growers also agree that switching to a light source with more of the red spectrum is better for flowering. The old standard has been to use either CMH or fluorescents in veg and switch to HPS into flower. This is the tried and true lighting recipe for indoor cannabis growers. By far the majority of cannabis produced in North America today is grown in this way. With the onslaught of LED lighting manufacturers jumping into this new “green rush” of opportunities we are seeing this standard lighting recipe being challenged more and more.
As a plant that does not have sufficient lighting in veg will not produce as well in flower. That said, the spectrum with the most blue did produce the flower with the most terpenes and THC.
This is a big consideration to consider when comparing these technologies. There is no easy math to calculate an ROI for this but when comparing light plans from one source of light to another be sure to take into consideration the distance of the light source from the canopy.
Lighting and Cannabis Qualities
The best advice I have is to get a comparison of your ROI done by a versatile company. One that can offer both technologies where you can have light plans designed to the same levels with both technologies. Don’t trust just what the LED guy says or the only HPS guy says. Look at both, do your own math. Know what works for the strains you are growing and measure your own ROI. The easiest way to do this is going to this link and ask your local PL Light Territory Manager for advice as we are the “Lighting Knowledge Company” and whether you decide to use LED or HPS, you will get a true and honest comparison of both technologies.