LED lights have been a pretty big deal for some time now, though it’s only as of relatively recently that the technology has begun making significant strides in the world of hydroponics. Nevertheless, what’s already clear is the way in which LED lights present a unique and seemingly endless array of benefits when compared like for like with all other conventional grow lights and lighting methods on the market.
Of course what tends to put a great many buyers off the idea of switching to the new LED standard is the fact that high quality LED grow bulbs have the potential to be rather on the expensive side. Nevertheless, when you bear in mind what you get out of the deal and consider things in terms of value for money in general, LED lamps represent a fantastic and highly recommended asset for the keen hydroponic gardener.
Space Saving Design
For example, one of the very best things about LED lighting in general is the way in which exceptionally compact bulbs and units are able to produce the kind of light that would otherwise require considerably more equipment. This is of course especially beneficial for those building and maintaining indoor hydroponic gardens where space may be at a premium from day one. The less space required for the lighting, the more space is freed and access to all plants in all areas is made much easier.
Low Running Temperature
It is impossible to succeed in any kind of growing venture if you are unable to meticulously and consistently maintain ideal temperatures. Suffice to say therefore, one of the biggest concerns shared by many hydroponic gardeners is that of ensuring that the lighting systems in place do not adversely affect the temperature within the room.
Of course with bulbs that kick off excessive heat – sometimes in excess of 400° F – it is inevitable that the room’s temperature will be affected. With LED grow lights however, there’s little to no heat to speak of as the bulbs have a very low running temperature and are therefore extremely unlikely to have any impact on the room’s temperature in general. And what’s more, the use of LED grow lights also tends to eliminate the need for costly cooling systems which most often are used to compensate for the excessive heat of standard grow lights.
As most indoor gardeners will be painfully aware, running a veritable arsenal of powerful bulbs several hours a day, every day of the year tends to amount to a rather excessive electricity bill. Conventional bulbs may be affordable and effective, but in many cases efficiency is something that doesn’t come into the equation. By contrast, LED grow lights are quite simply the most energy-efficient on the market and cost next to nothing to run. As such, when factoring in long-term energy consumption and considering this against initial purchase prices, it’s not uncommon that the savings made after purchasing LED grow lights to entirely augment their initial costs.
Last but not least, also of crucial importance to take into account when assessing value for money is the lifespan of the bulbs you buy. In the case of a standard grow light, you might be looking at a lifespan in the region of around 20,000 hours. By contrast, high quality LED grow lights have the potential to keep on doing what they do for up to 100,000 hours, meaning that you’d have to buy five of the conventional bulbs to get the same lifespan as a single LED grow light. And as LED grow lights don’t tend to sell for 500% higher prices than other quality grow lights, it’s a pretty cut and shut case in terms of value for money.