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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.

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818king | Mar 7, 2011
 
these leds kinda suck, they can be used for little grows but nothing big at all do save money tho still hid is a classic for a reason it works best!
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CannabisGril | Mar 13, 2011
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I love the LED Grow Lights for starters. It puts just the right amount of heat off and uses way less power. So you can save a ton on your light bill.
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Jewryan | Mar 17, 2011
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i havent personaly grown with led lighting but from what ive seen i dont like it because it sometimes compltely changes the color of the plant and buds. if your growing a dank purple you dont want it to have a wired color mixed in with it. you want that dank dark purple with some green mixed in not for example some pink. but i have seen them produce some nice nugs from plants so in some cases they can work but in others idk.
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gbennett1 | Mar 19, 2011
 
I have never tried this system. But i will probably try it out inn the fututre due to its popularity anfd growing rep.
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CannaConnoisseur | Mar 20, 2011
 
I've heard both good and not so good, so I suppose the only thing to do is try it for myself, which is what I'm going to do on my next grow.
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smokestack | Mar 25, 2011
 
Only go with LED if you have heating issues that prevent you from using HID. Its better than the CFL's tho
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lindzzz | Apr 11, 2011
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From what I understand these LED setups are good for personal use or first-timers. I think that as long as you are growing for yourself and not a collective of patients it is a good method to try because it is still cheaper than the HID. Also it may be used in a smaller box so it's perfect if you don't have a lot of space.
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Bud Selektor | Apr 12, 2011
 
I really like the idea of less electricity and a high intensity light for the plants. This will be a little more expensive initially, but probably worth it in the long run.
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SkillitHits247 | Apr 17, 2011
 
I also hear good and bad things about the led grow lights, so I started my garden with T5 light fixtures (2- 4bulb, and 4- singles)then added a 150w HPS and 400w HPS light to increase the red light; and lately I have read a few articles that added a couple LED lights to their current light system HPS & MH, and have seen some increase in yield and crystals... This is something that I have been curious to try, has anyone else tried this in their garden or know of anyone else's results with this method?
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Guest | Apr 25, 2011
 
LED lights can suck my dick!! I believe the sun is the best light of all mankind
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Guest | May 5, 2011
 
I"ve got a 120 watt tri-band led grow light and it does wonders. Obviously not for commercial like stated above, but it does produce some good buds. For $250, it wasn't a bad deal.
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Guest | May 9, 2011
 
My cousin gets like 20 pounds using one of those key chain leds. He just has to replace the battery every 2 days but he found those at a dollar store for like 10 for a buck. He drives an Escalade if you don't believe me. lol
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CannaConnoisseur | May 23, 2011
 
I'd be interested to see how he gets 20 pounds from a key chain LED. I'm not saying I don't believe you, but it sounds highly unlikely.
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Guest | Jun 4, 2011
 
300 watts LED light produce 10,000 lumen. 600 watt MH or HPS light bulb produce 88,000 to 90,000 lumen. 1000 watt MH HPS bulb produce even more.
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Guest | Jun 4, 2011
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300 watt LED light produce 10,000 lumen. 600 watt MH HPS bulb produce 88,000 to 90,000 lumen. 1000 watt MP HPS bulb produce even more.
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Guest | Jun 11, 2011
 
Thats the funniest shit I've read in a long time. "My cousin gets like 20 pounds using one of those key chain leds." " He drives an Escalade if you don't believe me." LOL. Your funny!! As for those interested in learning more about growing under LED lighting there is a great article in Maximum Yield magazine. I think it's the April issue it has some tomato plants on the cover. The Article talks about 4G LED and even includes an experimental comparison of led vs. hps. check it out.
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xr3i | Jun 12, 2011
 
looks like a good idea to me.. think i will stick to my cfl's at the minute as im getting good results with 7000 lumen's
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Guest | Jun 16, 2011
 
To anyone who's said LED's can't flower or do large scale commercial grows:     YouTube Video:
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Guest | Jun 16, 2011
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxPvN9ke2Xg
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Guest | Jun 21, 2011
 
There are several types of LED lights out there. Do not get the 1 watt bulb. Make sure it's a 2 or 3 watt bulb in the light fixture. There are cheap LED lights out there and not worth the money. Make sure the lights do not run under DIP technology. Have fun out there!
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Guest | Jul 10, 2011
 
I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WITH (GOOD) LED GROW LITES BUT THE INFO INDICATES THAT FULL SPECTRIM THAT HAS BEEN TAILORED TO THE PLANTS ABSORBTION RATIO AND 11 OR MORE BANDS OF EMITTERS MAY BE THE THE ANSWER DONT GIVE UP THE QUEST BECAUSE YOU WHERE BURNED BY THE 15 DOLLAR PANELS
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CannaConnoisseur | Jul 13, 2011
 
That was a highly informative video guest, thanks for that. Now I know that if I ever decide to go the LED route to use that company's lights and not the cheap ones. Those were definitely some monstrous buds and plants that he had going. Thanks again for the share.
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Guest | Jul 22, 2011
 
it seems like no one here knows how to spell properly.
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sing | Aug 3, 2011
 
So great,
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Guest | Aug 14, 2011
 
what kind of light should i use to flower my plants and not leave me broke
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Guest | Aug 17, 2011
 
They work, and to those who say they aren't as good as HID's, need I remind you that the world wasn't flat after all. The key is to buy the right lights. You buy that cheap Chinese crap and you'll get crappy yields. The funny thing is you can look at grows from someone like Irishboy (google him) and others to see them in action. Blackstar, Spectra, & Pro-Grow LED's seem to be cranking out Nugs a plenty. They are ready to replace commercial grow's HID's and add an element of stealth due to their low heat and energy footprints. How do they nab commercial grows? Snitches, power bills, and infrared cameras.
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davemedinis | Sep 23, 2011
 
I am looking for Apollo LED grow light,can you offer and send it to the US please?
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Guest | Oct 15, 2011
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This company from china who is selling the Apollo line of lights stay away from them. The company name is Cidly optoelectronics they are scamers they will rip you off. They advertise low prices but when your delivery comes, if it comes, will not be a quality product. I recently ordered 6 units from this company they were suppose to be 100*3watt LEDs therefore 300watts each unit. Also they where suppose to have customized the viewing angles for me. When the order arrived I realized that they were not 3watt LEDs they where only 1watt. Furthermore the LEDs didn't even have lenses or reflectors over the diodes. I complained to my sales rep and I was immediately blocked from contacting them. So a word of warning to anyone looking for good led grow lights DO NOT ORDER FROM CIDLY Optoelectronics they will rob you!!!! I hope this post will help somebody. Oh btw the guy who posted the original post here is a Cidly sales guy. led par 64
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Guest | Nov 12, 2011
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good show
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Guest | Dec 31, 2011
 
Hi If you are growing under LED , add 1 or 2 250w CFL Red Spect. last week of Bloom ...I have a UFO 180w LED Jumbo Illuminator( www.prosourceworldwide.com ) and itīs working fine.......
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Guest | Jan 19, 2012
 
i use led panels they work maybe not the biggest yield, but very dense, crystals and pistals everywhere... headband, and apollo 13.
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Spacy | Feb 3, 2012
 
I like the amount of saving, and if your doing a small grow opp, I don't see why not give it a shot. I do however find my led flash light shows the crystals and brings out the buds color's. Sometime's due to purple, it'll look like a different bud!
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Guest | Feb 14, 2012
 
I would love to see what brand and spectrum these LED's they tested were. Also, how many of them were there, how were they wired and what was driving them. With LED's that plays a big role. At this point in the game if you want to use LED's to grow then you need to design your own light fixtures. (Which is very easy to do and cost effective) The problem with LED's are most "fixtures" that are on the market are missing the red spectrum which is really needed. If you design your own, its very easy to throw some reds in the mix. Anyway, good luck to everyone out there.
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cannabislighting | Mar 16, 2012
 
i would like to see which spectrum is most helpful to the plant
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Guest | Apr 16, 2012
 
the little reserach I have done , I have to say blue and red wave lengths seem to work the best, the top growers I have seen are useing inrared as well, seems well worth the money up front for the bulbs because of the pwer bill hits hard with the HID , a little research might be needed to fine tune growing with leds
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Guest | Apr 16, 2012
 
the little reserach I have done , I have to say blue and red wave lengths seem to work the best, the top growers I have seen are useing inrared as well, seems well worth the money up front for the bulbs because of the pwer bill hits hard with the HID , a little research might be needed to fine tune growing with leds
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Guest | Apr 26, 2012
 
Honestly, IMO they completely SUCK, I have 6 (buy 2 get 1 free, hahah now I know why) Ed Rosenthal does have a very nice LED that works....price tag....100K....so ask yourself, if Ed thought he needed to spend 100,000$ to get a working LED light, how does the 2000$ one compare...point being the technology exists, but its WAY out of our price range..apologies I cant give the exact specs on Ed's LED, only thing I know for certain was price, Im sure its 1000W LED +, but still, these cheaper ones (meaning 2000$) are garbage.
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Guest | Apr 26, 2012
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LED Grow Lights do work very well now. Im getting more with my budmaster lights now than I was with my 600w hps. They have 2 differnet blues, two different reds, two whites, and infrared and are brilliant. Got mine from www.greenlights-ledgrowlights.co.uk
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Guest | Jan 5, 2013
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I sourced my Budzilla 288 from the same company ( www.greenlights-ledgrowlights.co.uk ). Paul the owner has invested a lot of time and money purchasing and evaluating different LED grow lights and really understands the different pro's and con's between the different designs and manufactures. He supplies a lot of farmers with kit and will only only put his name to products that live up to their claims and are proven reliable. He offers a 3 year advanced replacement warranty dispatched the same day where possible and his customer service is excellent. I started my setup with 4 Lighthouse Hydro Blackstar 230 then upgraded to a single Budmaster 405 and then to a single Budzilla 288. This is the best LED I have owned by far! Just remember that LED's run cooler than HPS so you need to keep an eye on the room temp and compensate if necessary so your yeilds dont suffer. Also adding Mag + Cal to water really helps
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Guest | Jan 5, 2013
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I also owned a Budmaster from Paul great light,also have the Budzilla 288 now,well from using hps then to led,i will say you have to change the way you grow,watch the amount of nute's you use,basically your learning again,
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campocultivator | Jan 17, 2013
 
I love this post, it reminds me a bit of one I wrote on led grow lights for www.growersguidetocannabis.com. Many of us there have trialled several types of LEDs now and if you still have doubts about them, come on over and have a see! :)
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Guest | Jan 29, 2013
 
Very bad spelling here, either too much dank or ya'll morons. Love this post tho'- Leads me to try LED on 1 plant to test it. Experience is best advice.
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Guest | Feb 10, 2013
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These are what I've got http://www.fuseled.com/LED-Grow-Lights-s/106.htm & I got and extra 25% off with coupon code fb25off
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GreenthumbTDK | Mar 5, 2013
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I use Light House Hydro BlackStar lights for full growth i can say theres some brands out there that suck but if research and find LEDs that have 2,3 or 5 watt led chips then they work way better also use the flowering versions not the veg one they have less red for blooming and more white and blue colors of the spectrum so id suggest getting flowering models they can work for both very well and get close to the lights so taller buds and plants less fans to cool the garden down too so i love them theres also hid huts line or stealth grow but i told you what i have n use
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andrew | Mar 7, 2013
 
We are professional LED grow light and LED aquarium light manufacture!We can supply you with high quality product with competitive price.If you are interest,pls email to :cidly71@htomail.com or talk on skype:cidly71.I will be glad to serve for you and cooperation!Thank you!
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Guest | Apr 10, 2013
 
velly happy to serve ay, rip off more like it. LED is an expensive initial outlay and the market flooded with cheap stuff from chinese manufacturers (andrew),so really do your homework and stick to reliable manufacturers. Be prepared to pay for it, but at least you'll get what you pay for.
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Guest | May 2, 2013
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jingo jango dope fandango
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Guest | Jun 19, 2013
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LED grow lights is the best that you can use in your indoor gardening. If you want to buy one then you can shop online at http://growblu.com/
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Guest | Sep 5, 2013
 
Well I don't know exactly when this was written, but it was poorly written at that. No details on what leds your talking about (wattage)or comparing them to. I have purchased leds myself because of the technology and simplicity.well I'm here to say THEY ARE AWESOME. I have 240 watt versions and they are next to 250 HPS and they are outdoing them by leaps and bounds. Fuller, greener, healthier in every way. Can't wait to do a revamp of my grow room. Technology moves fast people and leds are the future. Like some have stated earlier, just make sure you buy from a reputable company and get they right one for your application and you'll be impressed
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bigron22 | Sep 9, 2013
 
I HAVE RAD ALL OF THESES BLOGS i am going to invest in some quality led lights thanks guy for all your info.