Key Aspects of LED Plant Light Systems to Know
Jul 12, 2019
Are you in the market for a new plant light system? If so, then we (and many experts) recommend the use of LEDs. LED grow lights offers indoor growers some pretty significant advantages, including lower operating costs and a more desirable lighting spectrum. But in order to pick the right system for your needs, you will need to understand some key features of these lights. The following is a quick guide to get started:
Key Aspects of LED Plant Light Systems
- Wavelength output. In order for photosynthesis to occur so that your plants can and will grow beneath artificial light sources, you need to ensure those light sources are emitting the correct wavelengths of light. The wavelengths known to be suitable for plants are known as PAR — photosynthesis active radiations.
- Watts. Watts are a measurement of how much energy a plant light requires. It is important to note that the amount of wattage does not reflect how bright a light may be, at least not when it comes to LEDs. That’s because LED lights use significantly less energy to emit much brighter light than traditional lights. In fact, because high wattage lights give off excess heat, LED lights with low wattage offer both the advantage of cost savings in terms of direct energy usage and cost savings in terms of passive energy usage, as you will not need to use as many fans to regulate circuit board temperatures.
- Lumens. Instead of wattage, indoor growers should look more at a light’s given lumens. Lumens are a measurement of the total light quantity from the visible spectrum emitted by a given light. So instead of measuring how much a light consumes, this measures how much light a light emits or produces. Indoor growers just getting set up should do research on their intended plants to determine the exact hours and luments a plant needs throughout the different stages of its life to grow optimally.
- Light intensity. Different lights require a different amount of light intensity, which is determined by how close or how far a plant is from its plant light. Many small growing systems will have adjustable light setups that make it easy to move LEDs closer or further from plants for flexibility. However, if you have a massive operation then you may want to look in a more rigid lighting system that is set up for the preferred light intensity your plants have.
Learn More About Plant Light Systems and the Benefits of LEDs by Contacting Titan LED Lighting Solutions
Some people simply have a knack for knowing just how much water, nitrogen, and light a plant needs. But that isn’t all of us. Getting the right lights may seem like an overwhelming experience now, but it will pay off with better yields and faster harvests. For more information about LED lights and how they can help you, or for help choosing the right system for your plant needs, contact our team today at Titan LED Lighting Solutions and let’s set you up for tomorrow’s growing season!