When it comes to what type of lights you’ll use for your grow, you’ve got options. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it can be challenging to know which lights will work best for you. There are HIDs, LEDs, HPSs, MHs, LECs, or fluorescents – that all have pros and cons.
Here are four steps that will help you determine the best option for you and your grow.
Use Full Spectrum Lights
Plants feed themselves by photosynthesis. Light produces the energy that the plant uses – which makes light fairly important. Plants need different wave lengths to properly photosynthesize. Most all plants will grow if they are exposed to any kind of light at all, but they won’t necessarily be the healthiest they can be.
For this, you need a full spectrum of wave lengths. LED provides the best option here because they have dozens of individual spectra. One LED can be fine-tuned to a particular wave length or to a particular spectrum. Which means that your plants can get not just visible light, but ultraviolet and infrared as well.
Since LEDs are full spectrum, the only change you need to flower your plants is to shorten the daylight cycle. Other benefits of LEDs include energy savings and less heat production.
Think About Saving Energy
Your grow lights will be on for as many as 12 hours each day. Your energy bill will go up. Going with the most energy saving bulbs that you can will help you in the long run. LEDs are good options because they have a high brightness but use less power. Investigate your options to see what’s best for you.
Use Low Maintenance Bulbs
Bulbs get expensive. The initial costs can be overwhelming depending on how much you plan to grow. You want to think about longevity when it comes to your bulbs. How much use will you get out of them? Compare the longevity rates between the bulbs that you’re considering before investing.
Be a Savvy Consumer
It’s your money and your grow. Go to a vendor with a reputation for good customer service and don’t be shy about asking questions.
- Do the bulbs come with a warranty?
- Are the bulbs full spectrum?
- What’s the best configuration when using these bulbs?
- Are you knowledgeable about growing cannabis?
In the end, go with the bulbs and the company that you feel are worth the investment.
The ultimate tip might just be to start small and experiment with what is going to work for you. Lights and energy bills are going to cost you. You don’t want to part with your money and not get the results you hoped for. If you’re impatient, try using two different types of bulbs on different plants and see which one provides the healthiest plant and the greatest durability.