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Best Ways to Maximize the Use of LED Grow Lights

Grow lights are quite the investment, so make the most out of them.

K3 Series L600 Vegetative Indoor LED Grow Light
K3 Series L600 Vegetative Indoor LED Grow Light

LED technology advancement is a blessing to indoor gardening. They are able to give the perfect light to plants for them to photosynthesize properly and to get bigger quality yields. Also, they consume less energy but still gives bright directional lighting. If you want to know how to maximize the use of your growth lights, then you’ve landed on the right article. Here are a few tips on how to take advantage of LED grow lights‘ benefits.

Install multiple units in your grow area.

Doing so allows the light of the units to overlap. This then results in maximum light distribution. Not only are your plants getting the light they need, but you also get to save on electricity bills.

multiple led growth lights for your indoor plants
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Check the distance of the units from your plants. 

Remember that light generated by light emitting diodes give off almost no heat. That said, the units should be mounted lower than you would with other lighting systems such as fluorescent and HID so your plants would still get the heat they need. Moreover, you also need to make sure that the light is distributed evenly and can penetrate into the canopy.

Check the distance of the units from your plants
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Make sure to check the temperature of your grow room.

As mentioned, LED lights give off less heat, making them perfect for growers who live in warmer regions. That said, your grow room is going to be much cooler than they are with other lighting systems. If you live in areas where the weather is mostly cold, make sure that the temperature is set to an optimal level for your plants. This is especially so if you rely on the lights for the heat. You will then need another heat source to achieve the perfect growing temperature.

BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum
BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum

Make sure that you are setting the right spectrum of light.

It is common knowledge for growers that you will need different spectrums of light for the growth phases of your plants. Generally, they need light in the blue and red spectrums. However, leafy greens require all blue light wavelengths to develop well and grow healthy. On the other hand, the flowering plants need red light at the far red range, so the flowering phase gets shorter.

 

Do not overwater your plants.

Last, but not the least, avoid overwatering your plants. Again, because light emitting diodes generate virtually no heat and water does not evaporate, the soil tends to retain water. So make sure that you are giving them just the right amount of water. Note that when compared with outdoor gardens, indoor gardens use 80 percent less water, making LEDs all the more efficient.

Do not overwater your plants
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6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

Save money; pick vegetables and herbs from your indoor garden rather than buy them from the grocery store.

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

If you love to cook, nothing is more satisfying than harvesting your own fresh food in the comfort of your home. It’s also a great way to get family members to eat healthy, especially if they help with cultivating the plants. Growing vegetables and herbs all-year-round also won’t be a problem if you have LED grow lights and a decent grow space. For beginners, it is advised to start with easy to care for plants. And with that said, here are six vegetables and herbs that are easy to grow indoors.

Arugula

Arugula bulb

Arugula is one of the easiest vegetables to grow indoors. They can grow well over two feet, but if you plant them in small pots, they can grow the perfect size for salads. They also do not need deep soil, but if you want to grow plants with bigger leaves, your soil should be at least five inches deep.

Tip:

If you want a mellow spicy flavor, harvest when the leaves are young. If you want a stronger flavor, wait until the leaves are about six inches long and remember to cut at its base.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes fruit

Cherry tomatoes are the most prolific type of tomato to grow. Because of their size, they’re easy to grow in a small container. They may also be grown the upside-down way if space is an issue. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C, and there are a lot of cherry tomato recipes your family would enjoy.

Tip:

Tap on the flowers once they open to help the plants fertilize, or you can use a fan to mimic the wind. Harvest the cherry tomatoes as soon as they ripen to encourage the plants to keep producing.

Peas

regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods

Some say that you need supports like a trellis for the vines. However, peas still grow fine even without them. The seeds can be directly sown into the soil and need eight hours of light. For the plants to last for several months, regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods.

Tip:

Peas are best eaten straight off the plant, just before their natural sugars turn to starch and lose their sweetness.

Basil

Basil plant at indoors

Basil is a staple in a foodie’s herb garden. It is easy to care for and gives off such an aromatic fragrance. These fragrant herbs are not just for cooking purposes; they can also be used as home decors or made into aromatic oils. Basil should be planted in well-drained soil because although it’s easy to grow, it’s prone to water stress. Proper drainage then is needed.

Tip:

Running a fan toward your basil plants will simulate its natural habitat. Do this for at least a couple of hours a day.

Oregano

oregano plants home ornaments

As with basil, oregano plants also make great home ornaments. They are also perfect for tomato-based pasta and sauces as they are flavorful herbs. Oregano can be sown by seed easily, and you can duplicate through cuttings as well.

Tip:

Plant oregano in some well-drained sandy soil to prevent root rot and they produce more oils with more exposure to light.

Peppermint

Peppermint prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil

If you’re a tea drinker, you should plant peppermint in your indoor garden. It can soothe stomachache, can add a kick to your hot chocolate, and can add flavor to Mediterranean dishes. And as with basil, peppermint plants are a staple in a home cook’s herb garden.

Tip:

Mints, in general, prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil, just like basil.

SolarSystem 1100 LED Growth Light

How to Choose LED Grow Lights

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

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light from Champion LED

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.

How to Clean LED Grow Lights

Cleaning your lights is as easy as a piece of cake.

Champion LED SolarSystem 550 VEG LED Growth Light
SolarSystem 550 VEG LED Growth Light

Whether you are a seasoned or a year-round grower, cleaning and maintaining your LED grow lights is a must. If you are the former, cleaning them is only needed before usage. If you are the latter, it’s best to have a bi-monthly or quarterly routine. Doing so will help keep your lights working at maximum efficiency and will allow you to see what needs to be replaced or fixed. Without further ado, here are two ways on how to clean your lights.

Air duster

How to Clean LED Growth Lights | Champion LED
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Although LED lights do not attract that many bugs compared to a regular incandescent light, it can still attract a few of them. That said, your grow lights are not safe from insects, as well as dust and other particles. All you need an air duster or canned air to remove them. This product allows you to remove all the particles without wetting the lights or going through the hassle of disassembling them. Do remember to turn off and unplug before you start spraying away.

Glass cleaner

How to Clean LED Growth Lights | Champion LED

Standard glass cleaners are perfect for cleaning the glass under the LED lights. Spray some the glass cleaner into a soft lint-free cloth and gently wipe the surface. Carefully rub all the dirt away, but do not leave the cleaner on longer than three minutes. Allow it to dry before plugging it back in. As for the light itself, it’s also best to avoid using cleaners with chloroethylene or acetone because these products will cause the LEDs to fade.

Maintenance

Champion Led KIND LED Vegetative Bar Light B
KIND LED Vegetative Bar Light B

Cleaning your LED lights is uncomplicated, right? It’s the same with maintaining it. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Regularly check for dust particles and bugs.
  • Avoid exposing the lights to water as it may drip on the inside. Even wiping with a damp cloth can lead to leakage.
  • Do not use cleaners with harmful chemicals.
  • Do not hang decors or any tools in the lamp as it may exceed the carrying capacity.
  • Check the bolts and screws. If loose, tighten immediately to avoid the lights from falling off the ceiling.
  • Always turn off and unplug before cleaning to prevent electrocution.

Doing all these will further extend the long life of your grow lights.

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