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5 Things to Avoid When Using LED Grow Lights

Here are the common mistakes indoor growers make with LED lights.

5 Things to Avoid When Using LED Growth Lights

If you’re a first-time grower, making mistakes when growing is unavoidable. Plus, errors are part of the learning process. However, to save you time and money, it’s best to know which ones to do and which ones not to do. The usage of LED lights, in particular, also have some fair share of do’s and don’ts. And with that said, here are some of the common mistakes to avoid to grow healthy plants.

Placing the lights too near or too far

Your plants will suffer from too much heat if your LED grow lights are placed too near. Some of the signs to check is when the outside of the leaves start to turn brown and when they start curling up. If the lights are placed too far, the plants won’t be getting the proper light they need. Most growers would say that the recommended distance from lights to plants are about 12 to 18 inches.

Not adjusting the lights

When your plants grow, they, of course, grow taller. Some growers, believe it or not, forget about this. That said, keep in mind to adjust the height of your lights, keeping them at the recommended distance. Otherwise, you’ll get burnt leaves and efforts go down the drain. Expert growers recommend rotating your plants from time to time to avoid the leaves from leaning towards the light.

Insufficient light for the volume of your plants

Always consider the number of plants you are growing and the amount of LED wattage that you’ll need for them. You have to make sure that you have sufficient lighting. Otherwise, proper photosynthesis will not happen and will result in sad, unhealthy plants. Note that the average LED grow light emits about 32 watts to cover 1 square foot for flowering. So if you have four plants in a 4 x 4 grow space, the recommended LED wattage is 128.

Choosing the wrong spectrum

As mentioned, plants need sufficient lighting for proper photosynthesis to occur. With that said, you have to select the correct setting for each stage of your plant’s growth. Vegetative stage requires more light from the cool blue spectrum, while the flowering stage needs more of the warm red spectrum. Interchanging the two will hinder the plant’s development.

Not cleaning and maintaining your LED lights.

LED growth lights as you know are not cheap and are a huge investment. That said, they need to be taken care of properly and regularly maintained. Clean the lights correctly to save you the hassle of damaging them. Expert growers also recommend using a power stabilizer to equalize the incoming voltage, protecting the LEDs’ chips.

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How to Choose LED Grow Lights

Here are things you should consider when buying a LED lighting system for your indoor grow space.

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We all know the LED lights are the best type of lights for indoor growing. But not all LEDs are the same, and there’s a wide range of models available in the market. You should be able to pick ones that are perfect for your grow space. Otherwise, you won’t be getting the results you are hoping for. Another thing is to be on the lookout for low quality or “fake” LEDs so you won’t be wasting an investment.

If you’re ready to go shopping for LED grow lights, here’s a checklist that might help you pick the lights for your needs.

Check for the materials used and the brand.

The materials used to make the LED lights should be high-quality. High-quality materials make these lights last up to 10 years. Check if they are US-made and abide by the highest industry standards. As for the brand, you have to pick one that is used by most growers and have a good reputation in the market. Pick brands that have spent time on research and development for innovating their products.

What plants are you growing?

The lights you are about to get should be suitable for the kind of plants you are growing. Generally, all types of LED lights, to some extent, would do, but some units are made for specific plant needs. This is in particular with the growth stages of the plant. There are some made specifically for the vegetative stage, and there are also units created for both vegetative and flowering stage. Cannabis is a plant that needs both, so if you are a medical marijuana grower go with lights that have an optimal spectrum of lights for both growth stages.

How big is your grow area?

One important factor to consider is the size of your grow space. This determines the number of units you’ll need, as well as the size. Measure the exact size of the area then compare to the lighting area size of the units you want to but. Generally, you’ll need 32 watts per square foot for plants that need high light, while plants that need low light need about 11 and 18 watts per square foot.

Check if the unit can deliver a full spectrum of lights.

Photosynthesis requires different wavelengths of light, meaning it needs a full spectrum of lights. To be more specific, your plants need light in the blue and red spectrums, as well as ultraviolet and infrared. Most LED lights have many individual spectra, allowing plants to photosynthesize perfectly. However, do note that some units only have limited spectra and are only used for a certain growth stage.

Check for warranty and return policy.

Always check if the units have a warranty and a return policy. This is helpful in cases when a grower decides that they are not happy with the product, or have bought the wrong kind of unit. Most known brands provide this too, and if you see a unit that doesn’t have these, they are most probably made of substandard quality materials or are fake LED lights.

Disclaimer: Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Champion LED is merely advising on growing marijuana, and the use of LED lights for growers located in states where growing is legal. Champion LED also does not promote illegal sales or use of marijuana in any way.