The paradigm of indoor horticulture is rapidly changing as more indoor gardeners begin to take advantage of the recent and profound advances in LED grow light technology. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have been a staple of the electronics industry since the development of the transistor back in the 1960s, but advances in the science behind these super-efficient light sources over the past two decades have pushed LEDs to the forefront of consumer options for artificial light sources, not only for the home and office, but for specialised applications such as automotive, aviation and even the use of LED lighting sources for indoor horticulture.
Indoor horticulture requires a balance of a number of variables to successfully grow plants indoors, whether it's flowers, vegetables or exotic tropical specimen plants. These factors include a precise and properly timed balance of water and nutrient release, maintaining a correct balance of temperature and ventilation, and perhaps most importantly from the perspective of indoor gardening: a light source with the necessary intensity and spectral qualities that will allow plants to thrive in an indoor environment.
For those who are new to the world of indoor gardening, and even for successful veterans of indoor horticulture, there are a few things to remember when making the switch to LED grow lights to help ensure that balance of factors necessary to maintain a healthy growing environment for indoor plantings. Below are a few tips to take the guesswork out of indoor growing with LED grow lights:
LED grow lights
operate at much cooler temperatures than conventional grow light systems so can be positioned much closer to the plants. If replacing conventional lamps with LED's in an existing indoor garden, be sure to slowly reposition the lights closer, over a number of days, to avoid stress-shocking the plantings, and monitor plants regularly for any signs of heat stress.
Make sure to discuss output specifications with an LED grow light supplier, and ask about lighting coverage designs to get the most out of an LED grow light system.
Always consider planting type, indoor garden size, other lighting sources and budget when planning to purchase LED grow light systems. Any reputable retailer or distributor will be happy to discuss all these parameters, and suggest solutions tailored to each individual situation.
Watering regimens will have to be adjusted with the use of LED grow light review, as LED's do not produce the massive amounts of waste heat that conventional grow lamps do. Hydroponics growers may need to adjust water/nutrient release rates, and soil growers should utilize a soil dampness meter to develop a proper watering schedule.
Veteran and commercial indoor growers may wish to record water and nutrient use and other environmental factors like temperature and ventilation air-replacement rates before switching over to LEDs in order to establish a baseline, which will be useful in calculating a return on investment.
For all growers, be sure to closely monitor indoor garden temperature after switching to LED's. Room temperature needs to remain between 68 degrees and 86 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain optimal plant growth.