Best LED Grow Light
What Makes the Best LED Grow light for YOUR Situation?
What makes the best LED grow light ? There’s a number of things to consider. Let’s have a look at some of the criteria that might be involved in assessing what is the best LED grow light for your situation.
[quote]Be leery of big coverage from low wattage claims, although a lot of growers will find you can get similar yields and of higher quality with about half the power when comparing LED versus HPS grow lighting.[/quote]
While we often get what we pay for, selecting the best LED grow light for your indoor garden or for use a supplemental greenhouse growth light doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive model available.
What an item is priced at can be based on much more than performance, for example if produced in mass quantities with some level of mechanization, you might expect to pay less compared to a model hand built in somebody’s home garage—not to say that one is better than the other, however, it will be reflected in the cost to you.
Relative to the power the LED grow light requires and the purchase price, how much area will you be able to cover with the LED fixtures and be able to have reasonable expectations of good yields of solid and firm flowers, fruits and herbs?
A lot of the food we like to grow requires relatively high levels of light. Be leery of big coverage from low wattage claims, although a lot of growers will find you can get similar yields and of higher quality with about half the power when comparing LED versus HPS grow lighting.
Some lighting foot prints are more suitable for conventional grow room or grow tent lighting configurations, ie direct replacements for systems or grids based on HID (high intensity discharge) horticultural lighting.
Reliability & Safety
LED diodes and chips can last for decades, ie no need to replace lamps. However, the drivers and circuit boards that run the lights and fans (if applicable) that cool them will not last as long, so warranty coverage is something that factors in when determine the best LED grow light.
Another factor that determines what the best LED grow light is for your situation will have to do with where you are operating the fixture, for example if in a damp greenhouse would interior drip be a problem with the model you have in mind?
If in the home, are you going to sleep well enough at night ie the fixture is sturdy and hangs securely with built in safety features for the electronic components?
Ensuring your fixture is CSA & FCC compliant is critical—it means the fixture underwent and passed rigorous safety testing.
The best LED grow light in this day and age can be capable of more than just turning on and off via a timer or when you plug it in or out. If growing with multiple lights can they be daisy chained together for easier installation? What about control—can you tune or adjust the spectrum or intensity, and if so, can you do it from a controller ie adjust the whole room from a single control?
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