LED Grow Lights
LED marijuana growing lights are relatively new on the market. They busted onto the scene with promises of electricity savings, lessened amounts of heat and powerfully high yields at harvest time. So are they working? Professional cannabis growers are still not quite sure, but the general consensus is to stick with traditional High Intensity Discharge lighting systems; at least until the technologies are honed further. You need to be aware of hype and gimmicks in advertising. Don't believe everything you read about LED grow lights until you've experimented with them yourself.
Experiments have been conducted using 1000 W HID lamps in conjunction with LED grow lights in meticulously controlled environments. Here's the bottom line: with all other variables maintained constantly, LED lights do not perform quite as well as traditional HID lights do. They do perform very well though. You have to do the math for your particular growing situation. In other words, is a slight sacrifice in bud quality feasible? That's what you'll have to deal with if you want to reduce the heat generated and electricity burned from your grow room setup.
Fast facts about using LED lights in your medical cannabis grow room:
- You will save somewhere between 40% and 75% on your electricity costs by using LED grow lights instead of HID lights including high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) lights.
- Less heat given off by your grow lights means less probability for burning the tips of your buds, dehydration and other heat-based cultivation issues.
- LED lights are quite expensive. However, you should realize that there's no need for traditional lighting system accessories including reflectors, vented hoods, ballasts, ducting and more.
- LED cannabis grow lights feature average lifespans in excess of 50,000 hours. Traditional HID lamps need to be replaced about every 5000 hours. You have to think about these things.
The best advice currently about LED grow lights for producing medical grade marijuana is to hold off. Let the market advance. Let the technologies be honed through other people's experimentation. In short time now, medicinal cannabis growers all over the planet will be publishing their own findings concerning LEDs. For now, stick with what you know works best unless top quality buds are not a primary concern of yours.