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The pros and cons of LED Grow Lighting

The pros and cons of LED Grow Lighting

LED grow lighting is a development of the last 10 to 15 years and a lot of progress has been made. The progress is mainly due to extensive research into the light spectrum that plants need to grow and flower. LEDS can create these colors very accurately. Do you want to know all the advantages and disadvantages of LED grow lighting? Then read on!

The advantages

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1. LED grow lighting is energy efficient

This benefit is already known to many people, but it is still true! LED grow lighting is up to 80% more efficient than HPS or HID lamps. LED grow lighting pays for itself fairly quickly and this can be done within a year. The HPS and HID lamps, on the other hand, are really large consumers and, in addition to the light they give, they also release a lot of heat. As a result, you will have to pay extra attention to air circulation. There are also people who grow with fluorescent lighting. A fluorescent tube consumes about 44 watts (including ballast) but you need a lot of it here, so that LED grow lighting can still be 50 to 60% more economical.

2. LED grow lights last longer

LED grow lighting has an extremely long lifespan and that is why we give a 3-year warranty on all our lamps. HPS lamps last just under 6,500 hours compared to LEDs, which easily last 50,000 hours. TL grow lighting lasts about 10,000 hours, which means that TL also has to give way to the LED grow lighting.

3. LED grow lights do not get hot

The HPS/HID lamps become very hot when left on for a while. This means you cannot place the lamps too close to your plants, otherwise the leaves may burn. No one likes burnt tomatoes or cauliflower. LED lamps, on the other hand, mainly become warm and it is very important with LED grow lighting that that heat can be dissipated. For this reason, LED grow lights always have one or more fans to get the heat out of the lamp. The reason why LED grow lighting gets less hot than, for example, HPS/HID is because LED lamps are more efficient. They convert more into light instead of heat. An additional advantage is that it is therefore less of a fire hazard and you can go to sleep with peace of mind while your plants grow to unprecedented heights.

4. LED grow lighting comes in all shapes and sizes

Developments in LED grow lighting have not stopped yet and the range is already very large. The possibilities go much further than with HPS/HID because the spectrum can be made specific to the wishes of the customer. For this reason, LEDS become a lot more versatile and can produce very targeted colors that your plant could only dream of.

5. LED grow lights are robust and sturdy

If an HPS/HID lamp gets hot, you have to watch out because they can't withstand shocks and bumps very well. This can cause, for example, trucks or trains. The glass can break and something in the lamp can break faster. LED grow lighting does not suffer from this because LEDs are not made of thin glass. So they can take a beating.

The cons

1. LED grow lights do not tolerate heat well

LEDs cannot withstand too much heat, so good cooling is a must. Due to overheating, the lifespan is greatly reduced and you will save less. The cooling is therefore a very important component, at the LED department store we guarantee good cooling in all our LED grow lights.

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2. LED grow lights are more expensive to purchase

We can't ignore it, but LED lighting is a lot more expensive to purchase. It is an investment that pays for itself in about a year. The initial investment is just a bit of a swallow, but it is well worth it.

3. LED grow lighting has just finished its infancy

The technology of the LED grow lamp is not yet in its infancy because a lot of research has already been done. Yet it has only been around for 10 to 15 years, so a lot of research and innovation is still possible. The LED department store will keep you informed about this!