Plants need to photosynthesize to grow properly. This is usually the job of the sun.
However, when you are growing indoor plants without direct access to sunlight, you have to find a way for them to grow. Nonetheless, this is where LED grow lights come in.
LED grow lights are there to help your plants when you do not have access to sunlight.
With LED grow light, your indoor plants will have enough access to the light they need to activate photosynthesis thus growing properly. This is very practical if you are growing a vast number of plants and lack the space where you can keep them.
If you have plants and want to get LED to grow lights, here are a few things to consider before getting them.
1. The Kind of Plants You are Growing
This seems rather random, but it is not. You cannot use LED grow lights for any other reason apart from the plants you got them for. This means that you have to be sure of what plants you are getting and if they are the kind that can survive without that much light. You also need to know what kind of conditions they can survive in. LED grow lights do not all come in the same type and lights, and some types are specific to plant needs. You need to know your plant and what your plant needs, as this will help you decide what kind of light you need to get.
The number of lights you will need when growing plants inside your home differ from the number of lights you will need when growing it in a larger space. If you are looking to grow plants in a large space like a greenhouse, you will need to calculate the surface area and determine the indoor setup for how many lights you will need. You should take the space you are growing the plant into consideration before buying LED grow lights.
3. Cooling System
LEDs tend to become very hot. Since your plant needs light, all that heat may be bad for the plant. Make sure the light you are getting has a cooling system. This is very important if your plant is indoors. The last thing you need is something adding extra heat to your home. There should be a heat sink behind each bulb that pulls away from the heat and ensures the unit is not overheating.
4. Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR)
The PAR is the entire point of the LEDs. It is the light that is needed by the plant for growth. Make sure the PAR is shared evenly among the plants. If the LED you get is not fashioned, only the lights directly under the lights will get the PAR. The PAR values come differently according to the manufacturers of the LED. However, the higher the PAR value does not necessarily mean “the better the LED light.” The goal is to make sure that it is evenly distributed among the plants that each one is getting what is needed simultaneously.
You want something that will last. Unless you want to keep spending money on LED grow lights at every point in time, get durable ones.
It is tempting to go for affordability while ignoring durability. Your plants will keep growing as long as they are getting all that they require. It would not be sensible to keep changing LEDs for the entire life cycle of your plants.
Some LEDs come with the Programmable feature so that you can schedule to avoid overheating and other things. This is something you should consider. You should be able to program when the lights will come on, how long they will stay on, and when they go off without making back, and forth trips to the location of the lights.
Just as discussed above, there is an aching tendency to go for cheap and affordable LED grow lights. However, the consequences of that might mean you end up with something which is not of good quality. Affordability is relative and is not cheap. So when you say affordable, make sure you mean it is durable and of good quality. Do not settle for less for the sake of your plants and your future finances. It never really pays well to go for the cheaper, less quality option.
Your plants deserve nothing but the best. If you cannot get the sunlight, get the LED to grow light. Nevertheless, make sure you are getting the best one, and this can be done by taking these things above into consideration.