As lighting technology for indoor gardening and farming continues to improve at an incredible pace, more growers are realizing the advantages of LEDs as their main lights.
Growers are realizing that LEDs can be more energy efficient and durable than high pressure sodium lamps (HPS), and they can also improve product quality and yield and increase efficiency in the supply chain.
These lighting tips will help you get the best out of your led grow lights fixtures if you are thinking about setting up an indoor gardening space in Scottsdale.
Do not be afraid to install multiple LEDs
Many LEDs can be used as spotlights to target specific areas of your garden with focused light. We recommend that you aim for even light spread by multiplying the grow’s surface area with the right number of LED bulbs. This will ensure that your LED beams are evenly distributed across your canopy.
Keep an eye on your watering habits
When cultivators are switching from HID or HPS fixtures to LEDs, overwatering is a common problem. It is because HID lamps cause you to increase water consumption in order to counter the heat and infrared light produced by these bright lights. You run the risk that your soil and plants will dry out if you aren’t careful.
LEDs, on the other side, produce very little heat and almost no IR light. Therefore, you should reduce your watering schedule.
Pay Attention to Your Heat
To keep the heat topic alive, HID-equipped growers tend to rely heavily on the heat generated by these lamps for setting the temperature in their growing facilities. You need to make sure your ambient temperature is not too low when using LED grow lights. This can cause damage to your plants.
Turn up the temperature in your grow room. This is an easy solution. Although this may increase your heating costs, the net energy savings from LED lighting should still be sufficient to offset any potential increases.
Make sure you get the right mounting height
Because LEDs are cooler than other lighting solutions, the height at which you mount your grow lights can make a big difference in maintaining or increasing your product quality and yield.
It can be difficult to determine the right height to mount your LED grow lights. Other factors include available sunlight and number of bulbs. However, it is important to ensure that your LED grow lights produce a broad and even distribution of light.
- When mounting your LEDs, consider these three points:
- Grow lights that have a broad beam spread are best
- Mounting LEDs too high can cause each bulb to lose its intensity.
Do not mount too low, as it can cause damage to your plants
This requires some experimentation. Fortunately, most LED grow light manufacturers include recommended mounting heights on the packaging/instruction manual to help cultivators in this matter.
These tips will help you choose the best LED grow light for your setup.