5 Reasons to Consider LED Grow Lights in Your Grow Tent
LED lights are rapidly becoming the most popular type of grow light for growers to use in their grow tents. This popularity is well deserved as LED lights hold many advantages over more traditional forms of grow lighting such as HPS or fluorescent grow lights. In this article we share the top five reasons why you should consider using LED grow lights in your indoor garden!
- LED Grow Lights May Grow Plants Faster and Stronger
A common question is “Can LED lights grow plants?”
Not only can LED lights grow plants but some studies suggest that plants can grow bigger and stronger under LED lights when compared to other forms of grow lighting.
With the right setting and configuration of an LED light, growers can easily grow a plentiful harvest of their favorite vegetables, fruits, and medicinal plants multiple times a year!
- LED Grow Lights Last a Long Time!
Another common question we get is “How long do LED lights last?”
LED lights last an exceedingly long time. On average, LED lights can last over 50,000 hours. For comparison, that’s over 5 and a half years! Some studies even suggest that a quality LED light can last up to 100,000 hours.
However, other common forms of grow lights like as HPS or fluorescent grow lights don't last nearly as long as LED Grow Lights. HPS have a lifespan of about 24,000 hours and fluorescent grow lights only last about 10,000 hours.
- LED Grow Lights are easier to Cool than other Grow Light Options
Though LED grow lights can generate a lot of heat when in use, under the right conditioning through the use of fans, LED grow lights can be kept very cool!
There is also a very low chance of LED lights will burn plants. Even when in close proximity, LED lights have very low radiant heat when cooled properly. This makes LED lights the perfect option for growers using grow tents.
Other, more traditional types of grow lights such as HPS lights are more prone to burning plants due to the higher levels of radiant heat produced.
- LED Grow Lights are Much More Energy Efficient
Studies have shown that on average, LED grow lights are much more energy efficient compared to other grow light options.
Therefore, since LED grow lights use so much less power than other grow lights options, LED lights are a more environmentally conscience option for growers.
Additionally, due to there need for less power to operate, LED Grow Lights in the long run are a more economical choice for growers considering the power usage, and longevity of the lights.
- LED Grow Lights May Reduce Insect and Disease in Crops
LED grow lights can provide plants with a wide range of different light wavelengths. Studies have shown that with the proper settings, these different wavelengths can help most plants produce the most important vitamins they need to flourish.
Well-nourished and healthy plants means two things.
First, studies have shown that plants exposed to these wide varieties in wavelength can help prevent the onset of disease in crops.
Second, studies suggest that LED lights can help prevent the presence and breeding of insects. This is due to both the less heat generated by LED lights and the balance of wavelengths produced by LED grow lights.
The use of an LED grow light for grow tent crops provides a wide range of benefits for growers. Check out our selection of the best LED grow lights in the industry here.
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Happy Growing, Cody
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