How to Choose LED Grow Lights

May 13,2017
If it is your first time to the world of LED grow lights, you might be confused in trying to figure out how to choose the most practical light for your crops in so many choices. But fear not, here I will give you some advices to assist your LED grow light search --- saving you time, money, and assuring you the highest quality crop..

LED grow lights are very different from a metal halide or a high pressure sodium setup in that LED fixtures vary drastically in shape, spectrum, heatload, and power. So, I’ll try to show you in three steps---The nature of your crops, the size of your growing space, and the types of LED grow lights available.

1. What Are You Growing?
Before you decide on an LED grow light, you must consider your crop first. All full-cycle, quality LED grow lights sold on the market will grow a plant from seeding to flower. But some lights are designed for specific types or stages of growing. You should first to get a clear understanding of what are you growing and what it actual need in its growth.

2. What Is the Size Of Your Grow Space?
The size and number of an LED grow lights you purchase is dictated by the size of your grow space. A good rule-of-thumb for LED grow lights is 32 watts of actual wattage per square foot of growing space for flowering high-light plants such as cannabis. For example, if you measured your growing space to be 16 square feet, you would want to purchase a 500-550 watt LED grow light (assuming the plants are congregated in a single area and you are flowering cannabis.

Low light plants, such as herbs and lettuces require about 11-18 watts of per square foot grow space.

However, this will vary with crop and preferred light levels.

3. Types of LED Grow Lights
By now, you might have an idea of what LED grow lights would be best for your crop and how many watts are required for your grow space. Now, you will discover the different LED options available to you.

If you are growing marijuana from seedling to flower you will want to purchase a full cycle LED grow light. However, you may only need lights for vegging or blooming.

Lights designed for cannabis and vegetable growth/flowering have many different options including single channel lights (on or off); 2 channel lights that have a veg and bloom mode; and programmable lights that allow you to set light schedules, customize spectrums, and alter intensities. The programmable lights are by far the most advanced LED grow lights that will make for an almost effortless grow. It is safe to say that the LED grow light industry is moving in the direction of fully automated panels.

In addition, there are different shaped LED grow lights available, including panels, bars, UFOs, and bulbs. There are even LED tubes that will replace T5 or T8 fluorescent lights.

Now that you have a clear understanding of what your crops need, wattage requirements, and type of LED grow light in mind, you can start your LED grow light search.
For questions about choosing your LED grow light, feel free to contact us.

Tips: Please be aware that the cultivation of certain plants may or may not be legal within your own specific region or country. We do not encourage or condone any illegal activity and advises each individual / user to inform themselves of the relevant laws within their own region/country.
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