If you know anything about growing cannabis, you understand how important it is to expose your cannabis plants to high-quality light. Ideally, you want to replicate the intensity of the light that is produced by the sun, but you also want to improve on natural outdoor lighting by providing your plants with light that perfectly exploits their natural active and dormant cycles. In the past, inefficient, hot, and expensive types of lighting like high-pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) bulbs were used to grow cannabis, but LED lighting is the wave of the future when it comes to contemporary cannabis production.
What Are LED Lights?
LED stands for light-emitting diode, and this term refers to a type of technology that uses tiny nodes called diodes to produce incredibly bright light. While each LED diode usually only uses 1-10 watts of electricity, when these diodes are clustered together, they can produce an incredibly bright light.
Unlike other forms of grow room lighting, LEDs run cool. You can touch an LED grow light after it’s been in operation for hours, but if you tried to do that with an HPS or MH light, you’d be admitted to the hospital for severe burns. In the past, growers had to toe a fine line between keeping their lights as close as possible to their plants without burning them; with the advent of LED grow lights, however, you can put your lights as close as you want to your precious crop without having to worry about heat damage.
LEDs are also incredibly energy-efficient. An average LED diode uses about 1/5th of the electricity used to produce the same number of lumens with a conventional bulb, which means you can produce more plant-growing light without adding to your electricity costs. LEDs also last far longer than any other type of bulb on the market; while HPS and MH bulbs only last a maximum of a year in cannabis cultivation applications, LEDs are rated to last 50,000 hours, which is the equivalent of about 14 years if you only use your LEDs for 12 hours out of the day. While traditional grow lights decrease in intensity as they start to die, LEDs will produce the same number of lumens until they stop functioning entirely.
Why Are LED Lights Perfect for Cannabis Production?
Whether you’re running a large-scale or small-scale cannabis production operation, LEDs are a must-have for your grow setup. These lights produce the same number of lumens as MH or HPS bulbs without the heat, and the decreased electricity cost of operating LED lights means that these cannabis-growing super-illuminators will pay for themselves in short order.
Many types of LEDs can be programmed to produce the exact light spectrum that your plants need at their current stage of development. To learn more about how PodTronix Pro Series LED Grow Pods can take your grow operation to the next level, call us today!