LED Grow Lights

What are LED Grow Lights?

LED grow lights are specialized LEDs with a full spectrum designed to aid in photosynthesis and allow plants to grow with little or no sunlight.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) grow lights are ideal for all types of indoor growth and for supplemental lighting for outdoor and greenhouse growing. As opposed to regular lights, they do not require gas to operate within a bulb but are limited to a small diode of light. LED lights last longer than standard incandescent bulbs or HID bulbs like metal halide and high-pressure sodium (HPS), due to the fact that they have no filament, meaning they are not susceptible to burning out. This also helps over the lifetime of an LED lamp with less maintenance and repair costs such as replacing bulbs as you would with old lighting technologies. Where an HPS or metal halide bulb may last up to 20,000 hours, most modern LED chips are now rated at 100,000 hours, 5 times the life of older technologies. LEDs also hold their brightness much longer. An HID lamp can lose half its brightness by the time it is halfway through its life. A DLC Premium rated LED light will hold 90% or greater of its lumen output for 36,000 hours, long after that HID lamp has burnt out. Another benefit to LED Grow Lights vs HID grow lights is the higher efficiency ratings.
LED lights do not create nearly as much heat, which in turn lowers overall electricity consumption costs while still offering a powerful lighting option. This brings about another huge advantage of LEDs in horticulture lighting, the savings due to not needing expensive cooling systems and the electricity those systems use to keep growing areas from overheating and destroying crops.
LED technology is able to closely replicate light coming from the sun, offering solutions for the indoor growing of all types of plants. LED technology from innovative companies continues to advance and current LED horticulture chips are designed with full-spectrum lighting covering a wide variety of light wavelengths, making them ideal for growing at any stage in a plant’s life. It’s time to get rid of those old HID lamps and step into the future of horticulture lighting with LED full-spectrum lights.

TUBU’s Full-Spectrum LED Grow Lights

TUBU’s ETL approved Full Spectrum LED Quantum Board Panel Grow Lights, with Full Spectrum Samsung and Osram LED 3000K + 4000K + RED 660nm + IR 730nm +UV 405nm LEDs, is designed for growing cannabis and other plants, ideal from Veg to Harvest. Up to 2.8~3.0 umol/j. 10%~100% dimming, knob/App/Wifi/Computer/Controler Tablet+RJ14. Rebrand with custom spectrum OEM/ODM available.

Major Factors to Consider When Choosing Grow Lights

Here are the most important factors you need to consider when you are deciding which grow light to buy.

Cost

Right now, full-spectrum LED grow lights are expensive. The costs of setting up a system that depends on these lights can be more expensive than standard HPS or HID setups.

However, you will save a lot of money in the long run due to the efficiency of LEDs vs. HID lighting. For example, the average lifespan of an HPS bulb is around 10,000 hours. Compare this to a 50,000-hour lifespan for LEDs and you can see the cost savings you’ll accumulate over time.

You can run a full spectrum LED setup for 15 YEARS before you need to consider replacing it. So, in short: if you can afford the initial setup cost, you’ll thank yourself in the long run.

Size

Most HID or CFL lighting setups are bulky and cumbersome. This isn’t necessarily bad, but if you’re trying to grow in a smaller space it can make it difficult. Full-spectrum fixtures are relatively small and don’t require ballasts or reflectors, freeing up space in your grow tent or grow room.

Heat​

Light and heat are forever intertwined. The temperature of your grow room is a vital variable, and grow lights are one of the biggest contributors to rising temps. It’s why to grow room ventilation is so important.

Full-spectrum LED lights don’t really have this problem though. Some growers actually have to heat their rooms artificially during colder months due to how low the heat output is from this type of lighting. That means that if you’re growing in a warmer climate, you won’t have to worry about overheating your grow room.

Comparing Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights

When comparing LEDs to HIDs, you’re really comparing against three different types of lights: high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), and ceramic metal halide (CMH).

If you’re reading this article, chances are good that you’ve already decided to go with a full spectrum LED setup vs. some of the other lighting options out there. However, it’s still valuable to do a quick compare and contrast against the other lighting technologies.

Factor Full Spectrum LED HPS MH CMH CFL
Cost High Medium Medium High Low
Heat Output Low High High High Low
Full Spectrum Yes No No Yes No
Size Small Large Large Large Small
Lifespan 50,000 15,000 15,000 20,000 10,000
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