Which LED grow lights are the best? Which LED grow lights actually works? Are food crops, buds, flowers and herbs the same quality when grown under LED grow lights?
GrowthStar™ and LED Canada Introduce their new Multi-Spectrum, Horticultural Grade LED Grow Lights, Redesigned for 2012,
Update March 2016: LED Grow Lights specifically chip on board COB LED grow lights are now available in Canada. Warehoused in Vancouver, LED Canada offers a host of horticultural LED lighting products suitable for growing plants.
Red LEDs are not ALL the Same,
Impossible to detect with the naked eye, GrowthStar uses the specific red and deep red LEDs; 660 nm and 630nm, (Nano-meters) regardless of the fact they are much more expensive (than very similar red LEDs) this is the red spectrum flowering plants require for maximum potential. GrowthStar selects LEDs based on spectrum, not cost.
What to know about lighting spectrums and LED grow lights
Exact combinations of the highest quality HB-LEDs provide maximum amount of light in exact spectrums known to stimulate plant growth. For use in fully enclosed grow rooms or supplemental greenhouse lighting.
GrowthStar's PowerBloom model, "Tuned" for flowering plants and is designed to simulate the August sun, stimulating flowering and fruit production. (adjusting daylight hours may be necessary to induce flowering and fruiting) Our carefully chosen mixture of six spectra, offer a complete range needed for healthy (dense) flowers buds and fruits
GrowthStar's VegMax model was designed to simulate midday sun and was formulated to produce fast-growing plants with well-developed stocks and cell structures. Full seven spectrum allows for complete plant growth cycle for green growing plants such as lettuces spinach is herbs and other leafy produce.
GrowthStar's PowerBloom and VegMax models both offer these incredible features
- · Eliminate fire risk
- · reduce power consumption up to 75%
- · eliminate unwanted heat
- · over five year lifespan approximately 12 hours per day
- · full spectrum eliminates hollow effect it produces dense flowers, fruits and buds
- · proven thermal management design
- · custom selected color spectra for specific application
- · eliminates associated humming and other noises from HID lamps and ballasts
- · IP 65 dictates not affected by damp or dusty environments
- · UL rated power supply for problem free operations
- · intelligent soft start controls eliminate damaged caused by voltage spikes
- · rugged housing with modular design
- · no glue-no glass-no mercury-no lead-no potential environmental damage from breakage
- · replaceable power cord
Plant growth relies on many factors, with “light” being the most difficult to create an indoor situations.
Metal halide, and high-pressure sodium HID (high intensity discharge) lamps, have been used indoors for 40+ years or more now to simulate natural light in indoor situations, either as a supplemental lighting or completely enclosed grow chambers. Combinations of metal halide (primarily blue) and high-pressure sodium (primarily orange), have been used to mimic natural daylight, and have been used with great success.
Inherent problems with HID lighting for plant growth
HID lighting has a very impressive lumen output.. however large amounts of UV and other spectrum that plants do not require for growth including IR infrared (however small amounts of UV and IR have been now been found beneficial).
Heat produced by HID lights and ballasts can complicate delicately balanced growing environments, care must be taken with these lights, large distances must be kept from sensitive crops to prevent burning.
HID lights ballasts and electrical cables present substantial fire risk if improperly installed or placed too close to flammable materials
Why older LED grow lights didn't work or had limited success
Early NASA experiments, found using red and blue spectrum LEDs they were able to grow limited amount of food crops. Early LED grow lights manufacturers combined arrays of red and blue LEDs and while some reveled in their success others were disappointed by the product output and quality of crop.
We now know there are seven light spectrum that influence plant growth and development.
All known crops can be cultivated with combinations of these seven light spectra.
Advanced LED grow lights use different combinations of these seven spectra to stimulate different types of plant responses. These LEDs must be very carefully chosen and the combinations and percentages must be precise. GrowthStar horticultural LED grow lights utilize 3 watt “Spectrum specific” HB (high brightness) LEDs.
Advancements in agricultural science and LED technology
As the Earth's population continues to spiral upwards, solutions must be found to supply food far beyond traditional agricultural means. Advancements in LED lighting technology have changed the way the world looks at lighting, as the world moves away from inefficient incandescent and (mercury-based) fluorescent and HID lighting technologies, hydroponic food production utilizing LED technology could revolutionize indoor food production.
Reducing transportation costs of our food supplies by having local warehouses produce food crops close to the areas they are being consumed reduces the use of fossil fuels and provides fresher locally available produce.
Watch GrowthStar for continued advancements in horticultural LED grow lights.
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