As there are constant evolutions in the lighting technology, cultivators are gradually starting to witness the advantages of replacing the traditional HPS grow lights with smart LED grow lights. Besides reduction in consumption of energy and utility costs, ambitious cultivators are dexterously looking forward to do more than simply replacing HPS lights with LED. They’re rather trying to invest in LED to advance product quality, drive efficiencies, enhance yield in the supply chain. For all those growers who have already invested in grow lights or if you’re thinking of investing your dollars in them, here are some tips to maximize your grow lights.
- Watch out on the consumption of water: A common error which is often made when urban growers switch from HID to LED is overwatering their plants. Usually, it is seen that HID lights generate enough heat and have high levels of infrared light (IR) which dries the soil and the plants. Since LED lights don’t generate enough heat and light, the grower requires being observant about not overwatering the plants. This measure can help you save your plants.
- Growers may need to increase temperature: Urban plant growers who use HID lights generally rely on heat which comes from the conventional lights. Once you switch from LED grow lights, these growers may witness a fall in temperature as LEDs may not generate the similar amount of heat like the HIDs. This may clearly mean that growers have to increase the temperature to facilitate the growth of the crop.
- The height of mounting matters: As we are now in a plug and play culture, spending time on mounting the LEDs at a definite height can enhance the quality and yield of plants. There are number of factors which need to be kept into account like the absence or presence of natural light, you may need to ensure that your LEDs can match a uniform and wide distribution of light deep within the canopy. When you mount your LEDs too high, this may increase the area of coverage and will also reduce the intensity of light. Therefore your best option is to start with the recommendation of the LED manufacturer, comprehend the DLI (Daily Light Integral) and calculate henceforth.
- Installation of multiple units: Thanks to the ability of LED lights to create a targeted light output through the usage of optics, you can easily highlight a single section of your grow with one LED lamp and again repeat the isolation for each and every cluster which you grow. When you implement multiple units in the grow facility, your plants seem to be better served. This step could save you enough money at the end while still achieving best light conditions.
So, if you’ve installed grow lights in your indoor garden, you may take into account the above mentioned tips to maximize the efficiency of such lights. The more effective your lights are, the better will be the level of growth of the plants.