Indoor farmers understand the importance of light. The growth of a plant hinges on light; without it, a plant cannot mature into its full state or cannot offer the flowers and fruits it usually yields. In order for plants to mature indoors, most indoor farmers use LED lights to provide their plants the vital light they need. However, LED lights have a big advantage over their fluorescent bulb counterparts because of the technology seen in LEDs and the light made within an LED chip.
Each LED bulb includes a microchip implanted inside; the chip acts like the filament from a fluorescent bulb to create light. Without filaments, LED bulbs cannot “burn out” like standard bulbs, allowing them to illuminate longer and brighter than their filament alternatives. LED lights tend to last 110,000 hours, which equates to 11 years of continuous usage before they stop working. In the long run, LED help save on costs as a result of the expected lifespan; people who use electronics with LED, or that are in homes and office buildings that use these lights save tremendously on bulb replacement costs. One big downside seen with LED lights is that they often come at a higher initial cost; the fact that the bulbs use microchips makes them a bit more expensive.
Necessary items utilized by most indoor farmers are grow lights that serve as an electronic, miniaturized sun in your home. LED lights are created to copy the wavelengths of the sun, making rays of light that yield the essential nutrients a plant needs in order to mature into its full state. Most LED seen on these devices will produce blue and red light, as these two are the most important for plant growth.
Grow Light Advantages
In addition to the bonuses seen with maturing a plant, grow devices make it possible for an indoor farmer to grow a plant without the trouble of bugs, bad weather or spraying a plant with insecticide. With LED grow lights, farmers will have less to think about in regards to spraying their plants with insecticide, but more importantly, the plants can grow much quicker than outdoor plants because of the amount of light they collect. LED lights serve up a major advantage for farmers deciding on getting ahead of the growing season and subjecting their plants to 24-hours of light while staying clear of bad weather conditions. Indoor farmers must have LED to generate required light, which will help them grow their plants to maturity.
LED grow lights are also a newer technology than standard grow lights, which means two things: first, they tend to be more expensive pound-for-pound than other options (though over time this is mitigated by decreased energy costs). Second, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up on which are the best brands and best types of LED grow lights to purchase, since what is available is changing constantly.