The importance of LED grow light is self-evident to growers, although the initial cost of buying growing equipment is a considerable investment, choosing the right planting equipment is a source of profit. I believe that every grower must not want to buy low-quality LED grow lights to affect the harvest. In this article, I’ll propose 5 ways to help cannabis growers buy reliable LEDs that save you time, money, and avoid unnecessary hassles.
Necessary Data is Ignored
Some unscrupulous manufacturers show the high end of their products by boasting some unnecessary data, such as lumens, which only measure the brightness of light seen by humans, and cannot reflect how powerful light is on plant growth. Only certain wavelengths of light contribute to photosynthesis in plants, known as photosynthetically active radiation (or PAR). Another example is that some manufacturers tout their light wattage, however for plants it is not the higher the better, it is important to check out the efficacy of the light- ie how efficiently the light converts power into light.
A good manufacturer will demonstrate knowledge about how lights actually work, such as the following information:
- Example lighting layout
- PAR photon efficiency (umol/J)
- IP65 rating
- Safety certificate
If the light you want to buy is marked with the above information, you are working with a manufacturer who has a solid understanding of LED lighting technology, and you can buy with confidence.
Use Inferior Chips
The semiconductor chip is the core of LED grow light, which plays the role of converting electricity into light, and also plays the role of determining the wavelength. However, inferior chips not only greatly reduce your planting efficiency, but also reduce the life of your light. It is recommended to choose some famous brand chips, such as Samsung, Bridgelux, Osram, etc.
Without Thermal Performance
Using an LED grow light for too long can cause heat, and overheating can be harmful to your plants and the device itself, causing damage to your device and reducing its lifespan, especially if you use it for at least 15 hours a day to get enough light for your plants. So, your LED grow light should have an efficient cooling system.
No Third-party Certification
Before buying a grow light, you need to check out if the LED grow light has certification from ELC, ETL or UL, etc. These organizations are responsible for testing electronic equipment to ensure that it meets appropriate safety standards. If the grow light you want to buy does not pass some of the above certifications, it is likely that there are certain problems in quality and safety, so you must not buy it.
Without Full Spectrum
Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights are designed to mimic natural outdoor sunlight to help your plants grow healthier and produce better harvests with the quality and intensity of light they are accustomed to in natural sunlight. Natural sunlight includes all spectrums, even beyond the spectrum we can see with naked eyes, such as ultraviolet and infrared. And full-spectrum LED grow lights are dedicated to restoring sunlight and providing plants with all the light they need.
Spider Farmer LED Grow Light Is Your First Choice
The above five points are Spider Farmer’s advice on your selection of LED grow lights. At Spider Farmer, we strive to provide exemplary customer service to all our customers. If you have problems with your lights, or just want some professional guidance on grow lights and cannabis growing, please feel free to contact us.
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