An increasing number of people are now embracing LED grow lights for indoor farming. If it isn’t already more popular than the traditional lighting system, it would be very soon.
LED grow lights are the future. When stacked against other types of lighting systems, the LED lighting system has more advantages.
Let’s look at some of these advantages
- Dimming Control
The LED grow lights comes fully equipped with a dim control feature which enables the farmer to customise wavelength proportions of the plants. You can dim most LED grow lights from 1% to 800% intensity. Depending on the green stage of the plants, full intensity is not always required. With the LED grow lights, the farmer has the flexibility to create different light combinations of different intensity. For example, the farmer can dim the red and whites and use full intensity for the blues, or dim all the lights to a certain percentage.
- Long Life Span
One of the greatest advantages of LED grow lights for farmers is the long lifespan of the LED bulbs. They are very high efficiency and use a low amount of energy . Especially when compared to HPS and MH bulbs. LED lights have about 85,000 man hours of use. What this means is that, even if you use them continuously every day, for about 22 hours on each use, it can last up to 11 years!
Unlike other lighting systems, LED lights don’t just stop working when they’ve reached the expiry date but slowly decreased in brightness. This will provide the farmer with adequate time to prepare for a change. With most LED grow lights, swapping out an old bulb for a new one is pretty easy and doesn’t take a lot of time so it will not affect the growing plants. This is such a great advantage because indoor green environments require constant lighting. An LED lighting system would require little maintenance, leaving you with more time to focus on your plants.
Most traditional lighting systems produce a lot of IR rays and heat that are harmful to plants. They can cause the plants to dry up or burn. In order to keep the plant alive, the farmer would need to water more frequently.
LED grow lights, on the other hand, produce only a small amount of heat and IR rays. What this means IS, water and energy goes into plant growth and not just survival.
- Faster Harvest Cycle
LED lights can be used for 24 hours every day, this allows for the most optimal plant growth that is possible per season. And in turn, an increase in annual crop yields which also leads to an increase in profits.
- Environmentally Friendly And Energy Efficient
Energy cost is an important concern for many indoor farmers. With LED lighting systems you have an energy source that is 60% is more efficient than traditional lighting systems. LED grow lights also produce less heat. This translates to a reduction in energy bills. The energy saved from LED grow lights has the ripple effects of also lowering HVAC costs. LED lights are also more eco – friendly than traditional lighting systems because they do not contain toxic chemicals and are recyclable. You can also increase the energy output of your LED lighting system by using a software-based energy tracking system.
- Light Outputs Can Be Scheduled
Another great benefit of LED lighting systems is its timing/scheduling feature. With this, the farmer can schedule all the spectrum and dimming times ahead and the lights would dim automatically when the time comes. The farmer doesn’t have to manually set it up every hour.
LED Lighting Systems And Your Business
A lot of people in the commercial farming industry agree that LED lights systems are the future of horticulture. Even though the market is saturated to some degree by underpowered, low costs, inferior LED lights, the many advantages of LED technology has been cannot be denied.
Presently, commercial greenhouses of all sizes can benefit from LED grow lights. Even if the farmer has very little knowledge of LED lights.