For indoor gardeners, grow lights are important for the proper growing of their plants. In fact, they are considered necessity for some gardeners. For non-gardeners, the grow light is a type of artificial light source that can stimulate a healthier and faster growth of plants.
Two of the most popular types of grow lights are LED and HPS. Both are considered by many as the best artificial light sources in the market. If you still cannot decide on what to buy and use, this is your lucky day. We will be contrasting LED and HPS grow lights to help you choose what you think will be best for your plants. Here are some differences when it comes to LED and HPS grow lights:
When it comes to the price, LED lights are generally more expensive compared to the HPS. The price of LED is at least twice the cost of HPS. It can also consume lesser electricity. If you want to decrease your electric bill, go for the LED type. It is important to take note, however, that prices may vary from one store to another.
The life expectancy of LED lights is longer compared to the HPS. HPS grow lights can only last around 10,000-20,000 hours. LED light can last up to 75,000. This is one of the reasons why LED is more expensive. In fact, you will be able to save more in the long run if you will choose LED.
COOLNESS AND HOTNESS OF THE BULBS
When it comes to the temperature, you can expect the bulbs of the LED to always be cool. It does not emit too much heat. This is important to prevent your plants from burning. On the other hand, HPS can emit a lot of heat. This heat is beneficial if you want leggier growth.
LED is said to have a better light spectrum compared to the HPS grow lights. The right light spectrum is important to ensure a healthier and bigger plant.
As a conclusion, LED lights are generally better than HPS when it comes to light spectrum, temperature and life expectancy. However, it is still important to take note on what your plants need. The best thing to do is to weigh all the benefits you can get from the two sources.
If you love indoor gardening, you might have heard of the amazing benefits LED grow lights can do for your plants. The LED grow light is an artificial light source that can help your plants grow faster and healthier even without the natural light source, which is the sun. This is the very reason why LED grow lights are preferred among indoor gardeners. It is a popular knowledge that they can help your plants in so many ways, but have you ever wondered if you can also use these lights for vegetables?
The answer to the question is quite simple. Depending on the vegetable, it may or may not benefit from the use of LED grow lights. Some vegetables can actually grow better when artificial light is used while others need the sun. In general, it is not recommended to use artificial lightings for leafy vegetables because they need natural light to fully develop their flavors. If you really want to grow leafy vegetables indoor, you should use metal halide light or HPS instead of the LED type.
Here are some guidelines and some other important information that every gardener should know about LED grow lights and other artificial light sources in general.
- If you want a bushy growth, the blue light is what you need. On the other hand, red light is used to create blooms. Red light is also beneficial for leafy plants and herbs.
- An advantage of LED grow lights is that they are very small and are easy to mount.
- If possible, direct sunlight is still needed for some vegetables. It is best to research on how to optimize your plant’s growth.
- Take into consideration the needs of your vegetables. Just like what we have mentioned earlier, the needs of plants may vary depending on its morphology and type. You also have to remember that many plants will benefit from a period of darkness.
- The LED is cheaper compared to other types of grow lights. It is one of the newest technology when it comes to indoor gardening.
There you have it! We hope that you have learned some helpful information about LED grow lights. To sum it all up, LED grow lights are ideal for some types of vegetable. Because of this, the important thing to do is to research about what your vegetables really need and making sure you find the right grow light for them.
If you are into indoor gardening, you may have heard about LED grow lights. Grow lights are artificial sources of light that can help stimulate a plant’s growth. As we all know, light is very important for plants to grow faster and healthier. If your plants are located indoor without any natural light source, one of the best options for you to do is to purchase LED grow lights. They can help your plants to grow.
Before we tackle the tips you need to know, we will be listing for you some of the most basic, but important information when using this type of artificial light.
- According to experts, LED is the best type of grow light. It is important to take note that aside from LED, there are also different types such as metal halides, fluorescent and high-pressure sodium growth lights.
- LED grow lights can significantly speed up the growth of your plants.
- LED grow lights do not produce too much heat. The heat it emits is just the right amount of heat the plants need. One good thing about this type of grow light is that you can adjust the heat depending on the need. This will allow you to grow several varieties of plants.
Now that you know more about LED grow lights, we will be listing for you some of the guidelines on how to use them to your advantage.
- First of all, you need to determine the particular requirements of your plants. This is important in order to fully utilize the effects of your LED grow lights.
- Research all the information you can find about the best stores to buy LED grow lights. You can even ask the store about red spectrum and blue spectrum LEDs. LED grow lights are generally cheap. You just need to find the best brand. Price should not only be your consideration when buying. Quality of the product is also important.
- Determine if you will need a timer for your grow lights. Some plants require light and dark periods.
These are just some of the guidelines that you may want to take into consideration to help you pick out the LED grow lights that are best for you. Grow lights can help you maximize the growth of your plants and are something you should consider having for your indoor garden.
A couple of weeks ago, Advanced LED started a Kickstarter campaign for the new patent pending ARC Series to help revolutionize the indoor growing industry. Since the launch, we’ve seen a lot of interest from not only customers looking to get their hands on it but also from the press. We are proud to announce that with over a week more to go in our campaign, we have raised over $38,000. We still need your help to reach our goal, so tell your friends about it and help us spread the word.
The main goal of bringing the ARC Series to the market is to help create a grow light that has the same power as the sun but doesn’t use much electricity. With its unique arc shape, it is able to provide high intensity with less waste and higher surface area. Some of the unique features of the ARC Series that helps make it one of the most powerful LED grow lights on the market today include:
● LEDs run cool and clean (65% to 75% power savings over traditional lighting). They’ve been used by NASA and on the ISS for years.
● Mix and match wavelengths to achieve optimum results with interchangeable LED modules.
● Unique ARC design focuses 90% of generated light right on the plant canopy where it belongs, not on the floor.
We have spent a lot of time and money on researching and developing the ARC Series and feel that we’ve completely reinvented the indoor growing industry. If you want more info about the ARC Series or are interest in donating to it, please click on the button below. We need your help to get this product launched and to help bring manufacturing back to the USA!
If you want to grow any type of plants it is very important to introduce blue light during the vegatative phases of growth. The plants are in desperate need of blue light and usually get it from the sun during the spring when the atmosphere provides the highest amount of blue spectra. Many growers will use Metal Halide lights during vegetative phases because of their spectra giving more blue wavelengths to plants versus HPS.
All Blue LED grow lights offer many ways to provide more growth in veg cycles. Here are a few:
1. Using one of our Extreme Veg grow lights which is 100% blue spectra, growers can see extreme growth in veg cycles with short node distance and a high rate of leaf set and size.
2. Using one of our all blue LEDs along with any HPS, fluorescent or other grow light provides that deep focused blue light that is designed just for plant growth.
3. Using our All Blue LED grow lights (Extreme Veg) along with our Extreme Flower models or our Diamond Series LEDs to add even deeper and faster growth to your space.
See our tests of all blue vs Metal Halide grow lights coming up in the next few weeks.
Eshine LED is a cheap Chinese factory that falsely claims to manufacture the Diamond Series so people will think they are buying a real Diamond Series LED. If you are looking at any Eshine LED lights, BUYER BEWARE! Read our experience with ESHINE and the feedback we get from people who have bought from them.
Here is the Truth about Eshine Systems:
1. Eshine Systems does not make, manufacture or supply any products to Advanced LED. After purchasing a small number of lights we found Eshine to be far inferior from what they claim and they did not honor their warranty.
2. Eshine Systems shipped us cheap low quality lights that failed at a high rate (tested). Common Problems Included: Power supply failure, lenses falling out, dented/scratched lights, LED failure, switch failure and LEDs remaining lit in the dark period! We get calls on a daily basis about eShine and the problems people have with lights they bought from Eshine.
3. Eshine Systems LED does not honor their warranty! They require that customers ship the lights back to them in China(expensive), pay to have them fixed and then pay for shipping again. NOTE: If they tell you they pay for these things it is only to sell you!
4. Eshine Systems LEDs are NOT the same as the Diamond Series LEDs. Even though they look the similar, the Diamond Series is very different. Here are a few differences:
- The Diamond Series have been Tested (real grow tests), Proven (see YouTube) and Approved (see our reviews) by growers world-wide and are backed by a 90 day guarantee and a warranty that costs you nothing.
- Higher quality parts! We use top quality fans, heat sinks and top BIN LEDs from the best brands for each color we use. Our manufacturing process is much more accurate and able to wire and test lights that have a very low rate of part failure. (less than 1%)
- The Diamond Series Lens! We tested over 40 different TIR lenses and hand selected the DS LED lens as the best choice. We are always testing new lenses and the DS lens remains the winner. Although the Eshine Lens looks the similar, it is not the same lens. In fact many companies simply put a TIR optic or a Collimated (dome shaped) lens over their LEDs and tell you it is a Diamond Series. Each lens operates completely different from others and the Diamond Series Lens is perfect for growing.
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If you bought from Eshine (or any other company) thinking you were getting a real Diamond Series LED only to have problems, give us a call and we will try to help you get growing again. NOTE: Diamond Series LEDs are not sold on Amazon either, these are also fake lights from Eshine!
Diamond Series LEDs are only sold by Advanced LED and our top notch retail partners.
If you have any questions OR want to order the real Diamond Series LED, give us a call at 1-800-401-6307.
We will be updating this post with quotes from Eshine stating they do not make the Diamond Series LEDs and other proof of the low quality and warranty problems with Eshine Systems LEDs.
Hydroponic gardens are becoming increasingly popular with the home gardening enthusiast. The art of growing plants in a controlled indoor environment is as old as greenhouses, but hydroponics and LED grow lights have added pure science to the mix. The term hydroponics was coined in the 1930s during a period extensive agriculture research. Scientists were testing the viability of using nutrient solutions and soil-less growing methods for large-scale indoor crop production.
Hydroponics has come a long way since then. Advances in chemical science have resulted in the development of nearly fail-safe nutrient solution formulas that practically guarantee crop yields, and the advent of plastics technology vastly reduced costs and increased efficiency. Today commercially grown hydroponic crops can be found in every supermarket, and as knowledge of the technology spreads, more home gardening enthusiasts are trying their hands at creating a home hydroponic garden.
Local garden centers should have everything the private enthusiast would need to create their own home hydroponic garden, from complete systems to components, supplies and advice. The basics are easy to master, and a passive home hydroponic system can be created without the need to buy a lot of expensive equipment.
In a passive hydroponic system the nutrient solution does not have to be constantly circulated as in more sophisticated set ups. All that is needed is a closed container to house the nutrient solution, a means of suspending the plants and root systems within the container and a small aeration pump, such as an aquarium pump, to keep the nutrient solution oxygenated. In most systems the root mass of the plant is supported in an inert and integrated medium. This can be anything from perlite to sterilized gravel or sand to rockwool to various synthetics. Inventive improvisers have even used old nylons to suspend plants in a hydroponic system.
The first key is to suspend the root mass just above the surface of the nutrient solution and to keep the humidity levels within the closed nutrient container at or near 100 percent. The roots will grow out of the integrated suspension material to reach the nutrient solution, but require near absolute humidity levels to do so.
The second key essential is to use a precisely mixed nutrient solution. Experienced hydroponic gardeners often mix their own formulas, but for the beginner it’s often best to use a prepared mix available at most garden supply centers.
The third key essential is air. The nutrient solution must be kept oxygenated and circulated or it can become contaminated by algae and kill the plants it is supposed to nurture.
The fourth essential key is light. Healthy plants need light of sufficient intensity and spectral bandwidth to achieve photosynthesis. The use of bulky and power-hungry gas-discharge lamps have traditionally been used for indoor growing applications, but today technology has come to the rescue again and the home gardener has access to LED grow lights.
Modern LED grow lights are powerful enough to provide light of the proper intensity and spectrum for healthy plant growth, and use a fraction of the energy of traditional grow light systems.
Prized for their beauty and variety, orchids are a favourite of many flower gardeners. With almost as many orchid types as there are mammal species, it can be difficult to choose which plants to cultivate. To make this easier, it might help you to know that the approximately 22 thousand species of orchid can be divided into two major categories: terrestrial and epiphytes. Terrestrial orchids are native to the ground, while epiphytes orchids are found in trees. Many home gardeners find that the tree-growing varieties are easier to cultivate.
Wild epiphytes orchids receive nutrients from the rain, rotting tree vegetation and sunlight filtered through the jungle canopy. To keep your domestic orchids happy, you will need to create an environment with 50% humidity or more. One way to accomplish this is to set the orchid pots above a tray of water. You can also lightly mist the plants with water if you also provide enough air circulation so the leaves and petals can dry.
Naturally, it is easier to create a controlled growing environment for orchids and other plants indoors, rather than outside. One of the most important components of any indoor garden is lighting. There are several types of grow lights on the market. Some commercial produce and flower farms are turning to LED grow lights as a more efficient light source for their crops.
Just as older types of light bulbs are being replaced with high efficiency bulbs in most homes, LED grow lights are increasing in popularity over incandescent or florescent grow lights. Incandescent grow lights tend to produce a lot of heat and to consume large amounts of energy. For this reason, the cost of lighting has been one of the biggest drawbacks to indoor gardening. Florescent bulbs burn cooler and are less likely to burn your plants, but they are still expensive to run. Florescent lights also usually require ballasts which must be periodically replaced.
LED grow lights, on the other hand, consume very low amounts of energy and have a very long bulb life. So, not only is your energy bill much lower with LED bulbs, but you have to replace them only rarely. LED grow lights produce intense light, but put off far less heat than incandescent bulbs. An LED grow light system is usually much simpler than a comparable incandescent or florescent gardening setup, as LED grow lights do not require ballasts or heat deflectors.
Since they are flowering plants with leaves, your orchids will need light mostly in the blue and red spectrums. Unlike other types of bulbs, LED grow bulbs emit light only in the spectrums needed for plant development. By eliminating wasted light spectrums, LED lights are both more effective and more energy efficient. When combined with proper hydration and nutrient levels, LED grow lights can help you create the ideal environment for growing beautiful, healthy orchids.
The techniques for growing plants indoors can vary widely, from sophisticated commercial hydroponic operations that use complex drip irrigation systems to a simple pot of herbs on a kitchen windowsill. What every indoor growing method has in common is the need for an artificial light source that mimics as closely as possible the light of the sun.
It would seem logical that the best light source for growing plants indoors would be as bright and yellow as sunlight appears to the human eye, but this is not the case. The visual perception of the human eye is most acute at the exact center of the visible light spectrum, while those portions of the light spectrum plants need for photosynthesis lie at the upper (blue) and lower (red) ranges of the spectrum. Plants appear green because the pigments in plant tissues absorb light in the blue and red wavelengths and reflect light in the green wavelengths that lie near the center of the spectrum.
In other words, plants do not use most of the light produced by artificial light sources that were designed to allow humans to see in the dark. In a typical incandescent light bulb, only about 30 percent of the light produced can be used by plants for photosynthesis. The same holds true for most fluorescent lights, though some have been tailored to emit light in the Photo synthetically Active Radiation (PAR) spectral range. High-intensity gas discharge grow light systems, such as metal halide or high-pressure sodium lamps, are better at targeting the PAR spectral wavelengths, but still waste about 50 percent of their light output in the central part of the visible spectrum that plants do not use.
All of these issues with the PAR spectrum are why advances in the technology of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) over the past 20 years have led to a revolution in indoor horticulture. LED grow lights are engineered to output the exact wavelengths of light best absorbed by the chlorophylls, carotenoids and xanthophylls that are the chief photosynthetic pigments in green plants, which make them the most efficient indoor garden lighting solution from a spectral standpoint.
LED grow lights have many other advantages over traditional lighting sources as well. LEDs can save up to 80 percent on energy-use costs, do not produce any waste heat and can last up to 100,000 hours — more than ten times the device-life rating of other types of indoor garden lights.
Modern LED grow lights are simply the most efficient method of lighting an indoor growing space from any angle.
Energy-efficient LED lights have been on the market for several years. Their introduction into the grow light market has taken some time and many initial models failed to provide enough light in the correct frequencies to properly grow an indoor garden, whether flower, vegetable or fruit.
Why garden indoors
Indoor gardening is particularly useful in cooler climates where long, harsh winters effectively stunt the growing season. Generally more efficient and less expensive than importing flowers, fruits or vegetables from warmer climates, indoor gardening provides locally grown produce in even the bitterest conditions.
Problems with indoor gardening
While indoor gardening may seem like the perfect solution at first, the energy required to properly light an indoor garden may be problematic. Incandescent lighting for indoor gardens not only requires great amounts of electricity to operate but also generates quite a lot of heat. As a result plants must be located a measurable distance from the bulbs to avoid burning or scorching. Also the heat from the incandescent bulbs can cause the gardening area to be uncomfortably warm. Florescent lighting, although cooler than incandescent lighting, also burns excessive amounts of energy. In addition, anyone who has used florescent lighting for illuminating a business or home, as well as an indoor garden, knows that the added expense of replacing ballasts in florescent units makes this solution especially costly.
The LED grow light solution
Advanced LED Lights, home of the original 3W Extreme Flower Grow Lights provides an efficient LED grow light solution that not only provides intense, effective lighting for indoor gardening but also lights the garden cooly and efficiently.
Designed to supply only the light plants can use, the design of these LED grow lights incorporates both red and blue LED light to perform well during both flowering and vegetative cycles of plants. These directional lights do not require reflection devices or ballasts that are costly and need frequently to be replaced.
Unlike other grow lights, LED lights emit a minimal amount of heat. While they are slightly warm to the touch, they will not significantly raise the temperature of the growing area. Additionally, plants can be grown closer to the lighting without concern for scorching or burning.
LED grow lights also decrease energy use for the indoor garden. Depending on a variety of variables, replacing older model grow light systems with LED grow lights will decrease energy by anywhere from 50 to 90 percent.
The Advanced LED Lights difference
While many under-powered LED grow lights still don’t provide the necessary light for effective growth in an indoor garden, grow lights from Advanced LED Lights are available only in 120-watt power and above. This, coupled with the partnership we retain with only the top leaders in the industry, backs our product so we can confidently offer our three-year warranty and 90 day guarantee on each of our LED grow light products.