Getting your hands on LED Grow Lights without having any former knowledge about them can be quite a challenge, especially with the tons of choices given to you. Every LED Light is packed to the brim with its own features. Some boast about their excellent heating effects while some showcase their cooling system.
Although, every grow light replicates the action of the sun’s rays, it has lesser heating effects than that of the sun. But which grow light is the perfect fit for YOUR garden? Now, that question is very easy to answer. Here are some factors to consider before making the choice of buying an LED
Space Availability: To determine what kind of lights would suit your garden, you need to have the measurement of your space. For example, if you have a garden 5’ length and 5’ breadth, the area would be length x breadth or 5 x 5= 25sq.ft and then, you need to multiply this number with the watts your LED light has. Say, your LED grow light consumes 60 watts. 25 x 60= 1500 watts. So, 1500 watts is the number of watts you would need for optimal growth of plants. Space plays an important factor here.
Easy Switching - A good LED grow light comes with dual switches so you can switch between vegetable and flower modes. You can even adjust according to the growth stage of the crop.
Built - The built should be sturdy, hefty while also being beginner friendly. The looking lines should provide a little tilting to get the perfect angles for your plants. it's always a good idea to find the best LED grow lights for your set up.
Power Usage- An ideal LED Grow light should consume less power and give more output and heat. It would be very expensive to use lights that don't give a lot of yield and consume a lot of power.
Energy Saving- The actual wattage of your LED Grow light should be average to less, and should save energy (thus, saving money) in the long run.
Heat Dissipation- The perfect LED Grow light essentially gives out a balanced amount of heat. (Not too much, not too little) Excess heat sometimes burn the plant and Inadequate amount of heat would not give desired results.
Cooling System- The cooling system should be effective at cooling the lights.The lights run for several hours, which is why, they need to be cooled frequently. The fans should be silent with multiple blades and not noisy.
Brightness and Intensity- Brightness matters a lot when it comes to lighting. The most preferable lights are the ones with a 12 bands of color or a full spectrum. If that's not available, look for blue, red, yellow, IR and UV rays. Vegetative stage needs blue while flowering stage needs red light. Customizable wavelength capabilities are also favorable for a Grow Light.
Lens- Primary lenses should be present to increase efficiency of the lights so they can bounce back with ease.
Safety- Keep safety goggles handy since these lights can be damaging for the naked eye. Make sure it is not knocked over by kids or running pets, if any.