With lighting technologies for indoor gardening and farming continuing to advance at breakneck speed, more and more cultivators are beginning to see the benefits of using LEDs as their main grow lights.
Besides the much-touted energy efficiency and durability of LEDs, growers are also realizing that compared to high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights, LEDs—when used properly—can improve product quality, increase yield, and make the entire supply chain more efficient.
If you’re thinking of setting up an indoor garden in your home, follow these lighting tips to get the most out of your LED grow lights.
Install Multiple LEDs
Most LEDs have a directional beam Angle when you want to shine a focused light on a specific area of your growth. Nevertheless, we would recommend that the total surface area of the plant be multiplied by the ideal number of LED bulbs to achieve an even distribution of light.
Now for the big question: how many LEDs do you need for your setup? This guide by LED Grow Lights Depot should help you.
Adjust Your Watering
Overwatering is often a common issue for cultivators who have just transitioned from HPS or HID fixtures to LEDs. The reason is simple: when you use HID lights, you increase the amount of water to compensate for a large amount of heat and infrared (IR) light generated by these strong lights. If you are not careful, May increase your risk of drying out your plant soil
On the other hand, LEDs generate very little heat and almost no infrared light, so be sure to reduce your usual watering scheme.
Pay Attention Your Heat
When using LED plants to grow lights, you need to be aware that the ambient temperature is too low, which will also damage your growth.
The simple solution is to increase the temperature of the planting environment. Although this may mean that your heating power consumption will increase, the energy savings you get from LED lighting should be enough to produce positive net savings.
Correct Height For Different Stages
Again, because LEDs run cooler than other grow lighting solutions, how high (or low) the level of growth lights you install will greatly help maintain or improve yield and product quality.
While determining the ideal LED mounting height can be a complicated matter, a good rule of thumb is to ensure that the LED grow light produces a full sunlike spectrum and uniform light distribution.
Consider three things when mounting your LEDs:
- Choose grow lights with a wide beam spread
- Avoid mounting your LEDs too high as this can reduce each bulb’s intensity
- Avoid mounting too low as this can damage your plants
Obviously, this takes a little bit of experimentation. Fortunately, most LED grow light manufacturers include recommended mounting heights on the packaging/instruction manual to help cultivators in this matter.
Follow these tips and your LED grow lights should be the smartest investment you make for your grow setup.