Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What is the Lumen output for your LED grow light?
A: Lumen’s are a measure of thelight seen by the HUMAN eye. Plants do not see the same light thathumans see and therefore lumen’s are irrelevant when it comes toplant lighting. Our LED Grow Lights produce light in the wavelengthsthat plants need the most. Only a small percentage of the lightproduce by an HID light is absorbed by plants which means that 80% ofthe Lumen’s are wasted.
Q: Which colour spectrum do I need formy plants?
A: 6 Band Extreme Flower: Our ExtremeFlower LEDs are built with both Red(660nm) and Blue LEDs and designedto perform extremely well in both vegetative and flowering cycles forall plants. Our colour recipe is a unique combination of LEDs thathave been proven to exceed HID light in flower/fruit quality whilealso providing the quantity of flowers all growers expect.
Q: How do LED grow lights work?
A: Basically, LED grow lights areunique in that they emit light that is within the spectrum that iscorrespondent to optimal plant absorption capabilities (red andblue). Since they are directional, they require no reflectors orballasts like HID lighting. Additionally, all of the light that theyemit is usable so they consume much less energy than their old schoolpredecessors.
Q: Does LED grow lighting burn hot likeHID systems?
A: No, that is one of the significantadvantages that LED indoor growth systems provide. The lights arejust warm to the touch, and they don't heat up the growing area atall, so no additional cooling is necessary.
Q: People say that LED growing lightssave you money on your power bill. How much?
A: Studies show that the energyefficient LED grow lights typically provide 50%-90% saving over theHID lights when you factor in reduced cooling costs.
Q: Which indoor grow lights lastlonger, HID or LED?
A: LED grow lights for plants typicallylast about six times longer that the inefficient HID systems.
Q: I've heard some people say indoorLED grow lights don't work, why is that?
A: There have been marketers who usethe advantages of LED technology as selling points, and then attach alow price tag on a light that is simply not strong enough tostimulate plant growth. We provide nothing less than 120w LED growlights sourced from industry leaders who have a proven track recordof success.
Q: Are these LED lights discreet?
A: Absolutely. In addition to the factthat they don't increase your power bill by any eye-catching amount,they also leave no thermal heat signature
The Benefits of LED Grow Lights
Red And Blue Wavelengths of Light Spectrum
The main benefit of using L.E.D grow lights is the lower running costs. The better ones on the market use up to 90% less electricity than comparable Sodium/HID bulbs. L.E.D grow lights can be used as either a primary light source or a supplemental light and they will pay for themselves in around 6 months of heavy use. The expected life of a LED grow lamp is on average 100,000 hours. This is 10 to 50 times longer than a typical Sodium/HID grow light bulb.
Although initial purchase costs may be higher than comparable Sodium bulbs, the real costs are often lower because you don't need a ballast. Unlike fluorescent tubes and metallic vapour lamps that need a ballast to operate, LED grow lamps don't need a ballast. This eliminates a recurring cost from your grow room set-up. You also don't have the extra costs of purchasing a reflector as LEDs have the reflectors built right into themselves.
Since the Chlorophyll does not have to battle with unwanted light-waves, LED's can also be left on 24 hours a day without stressing your plants out. You can also use LED grow lamps to simply extend the day period of your light cycle by 4/6 hours during the Winter months. This extends your grow season to 365 days per year.
Benefits To The Environment
Switching to low energy, solid state lighting benefits the environment. The low power requirements of LED light sources make them ideal for self-contained, solar or wind powered installations, particularly in remote locations. LEDs consume far less energy than standard light bulbs, leading to greatly reduced energy costs. LEDs also require far less energy to manufacture than other light sources, reducing their environmental impact even further. Less Environmental Hazard- Metallic vapour and fluorescent lamps all contain mercury, a heavy metal identified by the U.S. Government as hazardous to the environment and our landfills. Our LED Lights do not contain mercury.
Targeted Light Output
Broad spectrum grow lights produce a lot of light waves that plants can't use efficiently. LED Grow Lights only deliver the colours of light used by plants for efficient and healthy growth.
LED grow lights are warm to touch and won't scorch young or tender plants as HID lighting can. The high heat generated by a typical metal halide or high pressure sodium lamp can reach several hundred degrees to over 14 hundred degrees Fahrenheit at the bulb's surface. This excess radiated heat output adds to the grow room temperature greatly. Most LED grow lights operate at just a few degrees above room temperature, thus reducing your grow room cooling costs.
You wont need to water as often if you use LEDs as your plants will transpire less. If for some reason, you need to leave your grow room unattended for a few days your plants will have a better chance of surviving if the grow lights are not producing lots of heat that drys them out.
LED grow lights are ideal for plants like Salvia Divinorum and Ferns that have high humidity requirements. Cuttings will also root easily as they don't suffer as much from the stress of water loss while new roots are forming.
What do you need?
Red and Blue light is essential for plant growth. It is well known that chlorophyll, which is contained in the green leaves of plants performs photosynthesis. Red and Blue are the wavelengths most essential for photosynthesis. The blue absorption region is 430-450 nm and that of red is 650-670 nm.
Recent research suggests that the ideal balance is 85% red LEDs and 15% blue LEDs. Although the lamps we use have a higher percentage of blue LEDs and they work fine. Blue has a smaller influence than red light so anything between 1% and 20% of blue light can be selected, depending on your plants and their growth requirements. When choosing your lamp you want both colours with the same frequency and relative intensity per LED.
These days most LED Grow Lights only deliver the colours of light used by plants for efficient and healthy growth. By leaving out the wavelengths plants wont need they provide better energy efficiency than conventional grow lights.
Red Light is in the vicinity of the first peak of a plants light absorption spectrum (660nm) and it contributes to the plant photosynthesis. Red light, when combined with blue light, encourages flowering. It can also be used in higher doses to stimulate flowering, seeding and fruiting.
Blue Light Lumen and Lux
Blue light is responsible primarily for vegetative growth (leaf). It is known that chlorophyll has the second distinct absorption peak in the vicinity of blue light wavelengths (450nm). The blue light is also indispensable to the morphologically healthy growth plant. There is also more sunlight energy in the blue-green wavelengths
These are measurements of how bright a light source appears to the human eye only. If a grow light manufacturer rates their grow light output in Lumen then they are only telling you how bright the grow light will appear to your eyes and has NOTHING to do with plant growth since plants only use a tiny percentage of the FULL light spectrum that old fashioned grow lights emit. In fact Chlorophyll is green for a good reason, plants use this colour as a type of "Sun-block" to remove 95% of the unwanted and damaging light wavelengths. LED Red / Blue lighting have such narrow bandwidths that plants without green Chlorophyll would actually survive and never be damaged by the LED's perfect and tailor made light wavelengths. Nearly 100% of the light an LED grow light emits is completely absorbed by the plant! LED's can also be left on 24 hours and day without stressing plants since the Chlorophyll does not have to do battle with unwanted light-waves.
The most accurate unit of measurement for grow lights is in microEinstein's, which measures how many photons of light strike an area per second. But it is still not correct to use it for comparing grow lights because of the tiny band widths of light plants actually absorb. The irradiance power factor or amount of light that actually gets used in plant growth or Chlorophyll production can be factored at a rate of 400µ mol/mª/sec per every 150 LED's average since they have an extra high MCD output. Now remember this rating is 95% growth efficient light!! All other grow lights except LED grow lights emit mainly wasted light energy that does not help the plant produce Chlorophyll. In fact 95% is wasted since plants only use very narrow bandwidths of the total light energy. Rating light output in simple terms like Lumen or Lux is EXTREMELY misleading especially when rating a GROW LIGHT which has a very specific job, like creating Chlorophyll 'a' and 'b' !