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