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LED Lights for Growing Plants

LED Lighting is energy efficient and long lasting. This article on LED Lights for Growing Plants provides you with all the information on how and why to use LED Lights for Growing Plants.
LED Lights for Growing Plants

For years grow lights for plants utilized a lot of energy and put out too much heat to be used for a broad range of plants. LED lights for growing plants are energy efficient, and can be used for different varieties of plants at the same time, side by side. However, not all plants use the same portion of the light spectrum and not all growing stages require the same portions of the spectrum either. LED lights for growing plants offer an energy efficient, cost effective variety of colors to accommodate those needs.

Advantages of LED Lights for Growing Plants

Rated at a minimum of 50,000 hours, LED lights for growing plants could be used for at least seven and a half years if they were burned 18 hours per day, each and every day of the week. They are 75% more efficient than HID lights and produce a controllable blend of red and blue light for different growing phases of the plants. They produce very little heat and are only warm to the touch, and are eco-friendly as they are not manufactured with any harmful metals like mercury that are used in other types of lamps. Add to that their solid state construction, and you are now talking about the most durable lamp on the market.

Tips for Using LED Lights for Growing Plants

There are several ways to improve the performance of LED lights for growing plants. First of all, because of their low output of heat, it is possible to reduce the distance between the lamp and plants to increase the intensity of the light. By cutting the distance in half, the plants get more than 4x the amount of light for growing. When looking to grow stronger seedlings increase the blue light end of the spectrum, but for leaf crops increase the red output. Also, it is good to understand that red lights may be either used alone or in combination with HID lamps while blue should be used as a supplement to direct sunlight or other types of lamps.

Because LED lights for growing plants are so environmentally friendly and require so little energy to operate, they are quickly becoming the number one choice among consumers with an interest in both indoor and outdoor gardening and crop production. They are also extremely long lived and sturdy which just compounds their many advantages over other lamps for growing. LED lights for growing plants are available online, or in a great number of agricultural supply retailers.