How to Protect LED Grow Lights

Here are some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your grow lights.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Lights

Getting LED grow lights for your grow room is a wise investment, whether it’s for your hobby or business. Not only are you saving energy and other costs in the long run, but you also get to get the maximum yields you desire from your crops. And to make sure that you get the most life out of your LED grow lights, here are a few helpful tips on how to protect them and allow them to run properly throughout their lifespans.

Use a power stabilizer.

Use a power stabilizer to protect your LED grow lights
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Using a power stabilizer or a voltage regulator for your lighting units can keep you safe from power hazards. Power fluctuations, power surges, and power spikes can damage the internal components of the lights such as the power drivers.  Connecting them to a power stabilizer will regulate the voltage from the power box and prevent power fluctuations from damaging your units. Having a power stabilizer also makes sure that there is no downtime with your lighting, especially during the critical plant growth phases.

Use a surge protector.

Use a surge protector to protect your LED grow lights
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You can also use a surge protector to prevent power surges from damaging the internal components of your lights. It works by diverting the power surge to the ground so it won’t reach your grow lights. Power stabilizers and surge protectors are similar devices that can help maintain the correct voltage, but each of them works in a bit different way. The former provides any connected electrical device with a constant voltage while the latter suppress power surges that may result from faulty wiring or lightning strikes. Also, surge protectors are much smaller and lighter.

Avoid overloading power outlets.

Avoid overloading power outlets to protect your LED grow lights
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Never overload the outlets of your surge protector with too many devices. Doing so may lead to short-circuiting which can then cause power outages. The internal effect of overloading is the damaging of the internal components of your grow lights, while the external effect is the overheating of the unit which may lead to fire hazards and injury.

Regularly check your lights.

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These lights do need less maintenance, but it won’t hurt to regularly check the units if they are working properly. See if they are building moisture and already have water droplets, especially if they are not the waterproof kind. That is why you should not forget to check the humidity of your grow room as well, as excessive moisture will cause droplets to form on the lights.

Clean as needed.

Clean your LED grow lights as needed.
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Lastly, you have the clean your LED grow lights as needed. Notice some dust and dirt on the surface? Wipe them off with a clean lint-free towel. For stubborn dirt, you can use an air duster or canned air, so there is no need to wet the lights. But for the glass under the lights, you can use a standard glass cleaner. Do not forget, always unplug your grow lights before cleaning them!

 

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

We are debunking the myths that surround these lights once and for all.

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We all know that LED technology has done wonders for every household and every business ever since it became widely available. Because of its many benefits such as energy-efficiency, it is a no-brainer that more people are making the switch. However, there are still some people who still hold on to beliefs on these LED grow lights, especially the traditional growers, which leave them unimpressed with that LED lights can do. With that said, we listed down five most common misconceptions about these lights and debunk these myths once and for all.

LED grow lights are always purple, and therefore cannot provide plants the proper light they need.

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Because of the red and blue light, a purple glow is emitted in most LED grow lights. Although these lights create this glow, it doesn’t mean that the red and blue light emissions cannot be adjusted. Lights with a full spectrum can be manipulated to a healthy amount of red or blue depending on the current growth phase of your plants. That is why always get units that have two full spectra and are adjustable. Alternatively, you can get one unit for your vegetative phase and another unit for the flowering phase.

These lights are so expensive, they can only be used commercially.

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LED grow lights may be more expensive than your traditional HPS or fluorescent lights, but they are actually more efficient in the long run. In other words, they are a great investment wherein you are actually saving more money as time goes by. LEDs have about a lifespan of 50,000 and require less maintenance compared to HPS and fluorescent lights. And it’s not only the businesses that can afford these units; an individual can also afford these lights as many offer various financing options.

Because they emit less heat, they are too cold for the plants’ growth.

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

Regulating the heat in a grow room is not an easy feat. Expert growers say that the temperature should not go beyond 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using HPS lights, the heat immediately rises to the ceiling and is not adequately dispersed, which can then burn the plants. This is why less heat is better. You can simply adjust it with more practical solutions like proper insulation and humidity control. Having a reflective interior in your grow tent or grow room helps too, as this allows the light to get scattered, hitting all sides of the plants and not only the ceiling and canopy.

LED light is detrimental for the plants.

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

There is a belief that LEDs can negatively impact your plants and that traditional lighting solutions are better when it comes to giving the proper lighting to aid photosynthesis. However, new studies have already proved that LEDs can actually do better and are not bad for the plants. As mentioned earlier, they have full spectrum options that can be adjusted depending on the growth phase and also allows the plants to achieve photosynthetically active radiation whether with low or high daily light integral. In summary, LEDs can actually improve the number of yields, smell, taste, and appearance of your plants.

LED lights cannot be mixed with other types of light

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If you are still skeptical about the power of LED grow lights, there is no problem with combining them with other lighting solutions to check its effectivity. Some growers have already proved that a hybrid type of lighting has already shown some success. You get both the benefits of LEDs and HPS or fluorescent. That said, this is perfect for growers who want to experiment with the perfect lighting for their setup.

Want to try LED lights for your indoor garden? Head on to ChampionLED.com and pick the unit that fits your indoor garden needs.

 

 

What Makes SolarSystem 1100 Special?

Get to know more about California Lightworks’ SolarSystem 1100 and see if it’s the unit that fits the needs of your large grow area.

California Lightworks LED Grow Lights
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California Lightworks is known for its energy-efficient LED grow lights and automation equipment. They offer lighting solutions that are thoroughly lab and field-tested and are simple to install and use. One of their products is the SolarSystem 1100, which the company says, is a real game-changer in greenhouse lighting for horticulture, as well as in indoor gardening. It boasts the latest generation high-efficiency LEDs and the most versatile control system in the market. This week, we are turning the spotlight on the unit to help you find out if this is the lighting solution for you. Here are the reasons why SolarSystem 1100 is worth the buck.

SolarSystem 1100 LED Grow Light

Lightweight

The SolarSystem 1100 is compact, lightweight, and does not have any bulbs, making it easy to install. Because it only weighs 26 pounds, there is no need to worry about straining your muscles when setting it up.

Unique design

The unit features a unique plug-and-play design — there is no need for external ballasts or ducting. Its smart design also limits the shadow effect in greenhouses, so the light is sure to get adequately dispersed.

Efficient spectrum control

It has three separate channels from 0-99% — red and deep red, natural white, and blue and deep blue. This spectrum control is programmable with use of the remote controller that it comes with. It provides the optimal spectrum for either the vegetative stage or the flowering stage.

Programmable

The UVB and IR supplementation, the spectrum control, the programs for sunrise/sunset, spring/summer/fall, dark period, and final finishing modes, and an almost unlimited number of fixtures are all controllable. All you need is your handy-dandy remote controller!

Stays cool

The SolarSystem 1100 stays cool as it carries cooling fans that last up to 50,000 hours. They are also water-resistant and user-replaceable. No need to worry about overheating or rapidly rising temperatures.

Perfect for large areas

And of course, it goes without saying that it has high power Osram LEDs that last up to 50,000 hours and has high-performance house-made custom LED drivers. This unit is the one to get if you have a large indoor grow operations because of its high power output but low heat emission. But don’t get us wrong; the SolarSystem 1100 is perfect for small grow areas too!

Do you think SolarSystem 1100 satiates the needs of your indoor garden or greenhouse? Shop for a unit now at ChampionLED.com!

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.
Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light

Why Buy the Kind LED X Series Bar Lights?

Check out the features of Kind LED’s bar lights with a revolutionary design.

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light

Kind LED’s X Series bar lights are high-powered and are perfect for high bay, supplemental greenhouse, and indoor applications. Each unit boasts a revolutionary design that has wowed many growers. It uses the Perfect Blend Spectrum Technology which amplifies your plants’ quality, growth rate, size, and yield. Aside from all these, the X Series Bar Lights have many other features that may satiate your indoor growing needs. And without further ado, here are the reasons why an X Series is an excellent pick for those who need bar LED grow lights.

This Kind LED bar light has an optimized spectrum.

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light
Vegetative spectrum
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Flowering spectrum

The X Series Bar Lights as mentioned earlier use the Perfect Blend Spectrum Technology. The spectrum is available in both vegetative and flowering settings that provide the ideal lighting for both stages of your plants’ growth. The vegetative lights are biased on the blue end of the spectrum — for all your leafy greens and plants that need to stay in a vegetative phase before flowering. The flowering lights, on the other hand, are biased on the red end of the spectrum — for all supplemental lighting on plants that need intense light or as standalone flowering light for average light-use plants. Also, its perfectly-tuned photosynthetic photon flux density delivers optimal concentration and quantity of photon energy from the canopy down to the base of your plants.

The X Series lights are versatile.

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light

Kind LED’s X Series bar lights are designed to be very versatile. You can hang these bar lights horizontally or vertically, and you can also mount them on racks. Aside from the various ways to install them, they are also versatile when it comes to its spectrum. As previously stated, it can provide light to both the leafy greens and fruit-bearing plants, whether it be in a greenhouse or a grow tent. The X Series can definitely take any plant to the next level and beyond.

These lights are water and dust proof.

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The X Series Bar Lights and other bar lights if Kind LED’s X Series are proud to have an IP65 rating that ensures safe usage in commercial greenhouses’ harsh conditions. This rating means that these lights are totally dust-tight and can also handle water from a 6.3mm water nozzle from any direction. Furthermore, the X Series lights are ETL listed, which means these products comply to North American safety standards. Talk about absolute safety!

Need we say more? If the X Series units have the features you are looking for in a bar light, shop them now at ChampionLED.com. If you want to see more options, check out the other units from known high-quality brands in the shop.

 

Kind LED K3 Series L300 LED Grow Light

Advantages of LED Grow Lights over HPS

Learn why the switch to LED technology is the right decision.

Kind LED K3 Series L300 LED Grow Light

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that LED lights have so many benefits not just for indoor growers but basically for everyone. Many have seen their benefits, even local officials that they have made the switch to LED street lights. As for growers, LEDs are better grow lights because of their many benefits. If you still use HPS grow lights, hear us out. We have listed down the advantages of LED grow lights over HPS grow lights and hope that you finally make the switch too.

LEDs are more efficient than HPS.

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As indoor growers know, light emitting diodes are efficient in so many ways. They use less electricity and are more efficient with the power used, hence could save you money in the long run. Despite their use of less power, their brightness remains the same all throughout their lifespans.  On the other hand, HPS bulbs need to be replaced regularly to the brightness is maintained.

LED lighting units come with a built-in cooling system.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light

Unlike HPS lighting units. LED grow lights come with a built-in cooling system. The small built-in fans help scatter the hot air up away from the lamp and plants, making them run cooler without any risk of overheating. HPS bulbs need help with cooling, and you’ll need to vent out the hot air with a separate fan and ducting.

LED lights have the perfect color spectrum.

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One of the best features of LED grow lights is that they have the perfect color spectrum that helps with the photosynthesis of the plants. Some plants also need different color spectrums in the different phases of their growth. The LEDs have color spectrums that can also be adjusted and customized, while the HPS only has one color, yellow, the ideal spectrum for the flowering phase and cannot be adjusted.

LEDs are plug-and-play.

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LEDs have a plug-and-play design; you’ll just have to hang them inside your grow tent and simply plug them into a standard electrical socket. Installing them is as easy as pie! HPS lights, on the other hand, need a big external ballast and consumes more space.

Want to upgrade your indoor garden lighting? Check out high-quality LED grow lights of different known brands at ChampionLED.com!

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What to Look for in a LED Grow Light Unit

Here are the qualities to consider when buying grow lights for your indoor garden.

What to Look for in a LED Grow Light Unit

So you finally made the switch from outdoor gardening to indoor gardening. Naturally, you’ll need some grow lights for your plants to thrive. And if you are not familiar with these, it’s best that you do some research or ask some expert growers. We’ll make the former easier for you; we have listed down the qualities that you should look for when shopping for these lights. Here are the things to consider to pick best LED grow lights in the market.

The right color spectrum

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The unit should have the right spectrum of colors for the plants to be able to go through photosynthesis correctly. It’s best to have five colors — red, deep red, blue, and natural white. Red light is for the growth of stems and development of leaves. This hue is perfect for the flowering phase, dormancy period, and seed germination. The deep red also supports leaf growth and enables the plants to grow larger leaves.  The blue light affects the chlorophyll content, plant height, and leaf thickness. Lastly, the natural white light is used for viewing.

Daisy-chainable 

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light

Having a daisy-chainable unit will make wiring other units a breeze. A daisy chain allows for a simple connection and scalability without worrying about different voltage levels. If you are planning to expand, however, get ones that are daisy-chainable to up to a thousand fixtures.

Programmable

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A unit with programmable spectrum and modes will make everything easier for you. No need for bulky analogs and digital timers as you can do all these with a remote. Some units allow you to control one up to a hundred units simultaneously.

Quality build

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Lights

The unit must be durable and made with high-quality materials that can last up to a decade. Check if it is made of materials that abide by the highest industry standards. This is important so there will be no need to replace and make changes to your set up after a short span of time.

Warranty

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Lastly, the unit should come with a warranty, as well as a return policy in case you purchased lights that are not compatible with your garden. Most brands offer a parts guarantee which is good because the unit can still work regardless of the busted part. Check for the brand’s policies on their website as well as the length of the warranty of the unit.

Remember, you get what you pay for. So if you want the best quality unit in the market today that can promise convenience and efficiency, invest in high-quality brands. 

Benefits of Using Grow Cabinets

Get to know the advantages of growing plants indoors with a grow cabinet.

SuperFlower 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

If you’ve already tried indoor gardening with a grow tent, you may be interested in using a grow cabinet as well. The best benefit of this indoor gardening wonder is that it allows growers to set up a discreet garden inside your home and well yes, like setting up a new piece of furniture. Sounds interesting, right? If we turned the spotlight on to the tents last week, this week would all be about the grow cabinets and their incredible benefits.

It’s a complete package!

SuperTrinity LED Grow Cabinet Cloning Chamber

Grow cabinets boast an all-in-one design. It comes with fans and filters, reflective interiors, and LED grow lights. They also come with timers, pumps, pH adjusters, and even nutrients and grow media. Need secure ventilation, optimal lighting, and total automation in one package? Grow cabinets got you covered.

It saves a lot of space.

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Unlike grow tents, these grow cabinets are not that bulky and do not take up that much space. They are usually narrow, like your typical cabinet, and stand just a few feet tall. One can fit in a hallway, kitchen, bedroom, garage, and even closets. They are made to be transportable and very easy to install and set up.

It controls smell.

SuperStar 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

Just like the grow tents, grow cabinets are made with an enclosed design that traps the smell inside. This is perfect if you are going to place it in your bedroom. No one wants to sleep in a room that smells like soil or organic material. The carbon filters also help get rid of the odor so you can grow any plant in peace.

It has stealth features.

Grow Cabinet Triple Locking Doors

Because it looks just like any furniture in your home, you get to grow medicinal cannabis stealthily. They also come with a reinforced lock and key so no one can just open the cabinet and take a look inside. Aside from that, they are air-tight and light-tight, which makes them ultra safe from prying eyes.

It is a smart investment for any indoor grower. 

SuperNova LED Soil Grow Cabinet

When compared to grow tents, grow cabinets are pricier. However, do not be discouraged by that, as the latter is such an excellent investment for any serious indoor grower. All the features mentioned above offer such a high value you cannot find in any other. You also would not have to worry about buying all the other growing tools separately because they already come with the cabinet. And of course, they provide you with better, high-quality yields continuously.

Considering getting a grow cabinet? Check out ChampionLED.com!