Strategies to Maximize your LED Grow Lights

Tips To Maximize Your Indoor LED Marijuana Grow Light

As lighting technology progresses, cultivators are undoubtedly starting to find the benefits of substituting HPS grow lights with LED grow lamps. Beyond a reduction in power consumption and utility costs, cultivators are looking to improve product quality, improve supply and increase performances in their supply chain. There are several strategies for maximizing LED grow lights.

A very common error made when replacing lights is definitely over-watering. HID lighting creates heat and has high amounts of infrared light (IR) which helps dry the soil and plants. LED lighting does not make the same amount of heat and no IR light, so you need to be cautious that you don’t over-water your plants.

Cultivators using HIDs commonly depend on the heat coming from traditional grow lights. After switching over to LED grow lights cultivators often experience a decrease in temperature since LEDs do not produce the same amount of heat. This means that growers may have to raise the heat level where the plants are being grown in order to get their plant to flourish. LEDs energy efficiency will counter any increased cost for heating.

Setting up your LEDs at the precise height will enhance yield and quality. You need to be sure that your LEDs are able to sustain a vast, stable light distribution concentrated deep into the canopy. If you position your LEDs too high, you may improve your coverage area, but you will also be reducing the light’s intensity. If you mount your LEDs too low, the intense closeness of the light might traumatize your plants and create several problems. Your best option is to start with the LED manufacturer’s mounting recommendations, be aware of your DLI (Daily Light Integral) and determine and adapt from there.

You can illuminate one part with one LED lamp, and repeat the isolation for every cluster of your plant. However, it is best to figure out and use a number of lamps in your facility. This enables the beams to overlap and take full advantage of light distribution across the entire canopy. It is advised that you consult an experienced lighting company for a light plan before you begin.

Light cycles set the rhythm for your plant’s life. Indoor cultivators can easily adjust these light cycles by boosting or lowering the hours of light and darkness, activating a plant’s photoperiod any time it is wanted. For greenhouse cultivators it is also possible to manipulate light and dark cycles with the use of blackout curtains and additional lighting. Automated blackout drapes helps farmers shut out unwanted sunlight and guarantee needed dark times during long summer days and supplementary lighting helps fill the void of light needed during dark winter days. The average light cycle during the fertile period is 18 hours of light daily along with 6 hours of darkness for flowers. A 12/12 interval will lead to flowering for most plants because the raised amount of continuous darkness informs the plant that fall is drawing near.

Just as you can control the photo-period with LEDs, you can also adjust exposure to blue, white, red and far-red spectrums at various periods in the plant’s development cycle. While the flowering cycle can be altered by multiple variables, a custom light recipe that taps into the far-red spectrum has been shown to lower the flowering cycle of plants, which speeds up the time until harvest. A light formula also allows you to adjust the light strength throughout the day. For instance, in a greenhouse, cultivators have the ability to calculate the DLI (Daily Light Integral) for their plant and increase or lower the output depending on the demand for supplemental lighting throughout the day.

Having the current innovations in LED lights, day and night can be manipulated for optimal development and yield of your plants while conserving energy costs.

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