Simply hang an LED light over your plants and start growing!
Cons of Fluorescents
Now that you are familiar with all the most common cannabis grow lights I hope your choice is a little easier. I wish I’d had this information when I first started growing indoors Happy growing.
Pros of Fluorescents
The light from an HPS appears yellow, and is great for flowering plants because the light spectrum stimulates bud production
3 Main Classes of Marijuana Grow Lights
Some types of induction lights are well suited to stadium lighting but honestly they just aren’t that great for growing cannabis and they come with huge price tags. Even a lot of LEDs are cheaper and you’ll get better results with them. You can learn more about induction grow lights here.
Metal Halide (MH) Grow Lights
2.) High Intensity Discharge (HID) Grow Lights
Overwatering When Switching from HIDs to LEDs
Regular HID lights produce a lot of heat and generate lots of infrared light. This dries out the plant and the soil and results in the need to water the plant more often. However, LED lights generate no infrared light and don’t emit nearly as much heat, so there is no need for abundant watering.
Overheating the Plants
You will know the plant is taking too much heat if the leaves that are closest to the light start turning brownish. The first signs look like thin outlines on the outside of the leaves, so if you catch this quickly you will have a chance to avoid further damage. If some of the leaves start curling up, it might also be a sign that the plant is too close to the light. Good ventilation usually also helps with this issue.
Not Considering the Other Factors
LED grow lights are a great aid when growing plants indoors but by themselves they cannot do much. In order to produce big and healthy yields there are a lot of factors that need to be considered – room temperature, airflow circulation, soil, nutrients, plant genetics, and many others things. Don’t just focus on a single part of the growing process. Instead, try to get an overall understanding of the whole chain and how everything is interconnected.
In this article, we’ll provide you with the 10 most common things you should pay attention to when using LED grow lights so you can grow healthy looking plants and avoid any unnecessary hassle. This information is extremely relevant to beginners.
Selecting the Wrong Light Spectrum
In order to grow efficiently, plants need different types of light for each growth stage. With full-spectrum LED lights this is easily achievable, but if you select the wrong setting, the plant will not develop well. You should also take into consideration the conditions in the room where you’re doing the growing. For example, plants benefit most from light in the blue spectrum when they’re in the vegetative stage of growth. That means that if you set the light to emit light in the red spectrum, you will only be hindering the plant’s growth.
Grow lights are a great tool for making the growing process more efficient, but they can also be harmful to the plant if not used correctly. Here are 10 things you should avoid doing when using LED and other types of grow lights.
For people who use cannabis derived products on a regular basis, it is very tempting to try growing the plant at home. The benefits are quite obvious: the cost is drastically lower and there aren’t any hassles related to the actual purchase of medical marijuana.
Many people all around the world grow cannabis at their homes, be it for recreational or medicinal purposes, and while some of them do quite well and manage to produce a good product, for others it doesn’t work so well – their plants wither quickly or produce insignificant yields.
Using Inferior Products
Light is among the most vital factors to consider when growing plants because it triggers the photosynthesis process. If you’re using regular incandescent lights, you’re not very likely to grow strong and healthy plants. Therefore, for best results it is recommended that you use full spectrum LED grow lights. They are specifically designed for the purpose and have the feature to deliver light in the exact spectrum the plant needs.
Setting the Lamps at an Improper Distance
Overheating or insufficient lighting can result from having too many or not enough lights, but it can also result from placing the lights too close or too far from the plants. There is no universal rule for setting the distance but it’s recommended that LEDs are placed 12 to 18 inches away from the plants.
I would tend to disagree. Incandescent bulbs do indeed have a use. In grows with limited wavelength output (LED, fluorescent, induction,) you may just wish to supplement with a few cheap incandescent bulbs. of low wattage. Tungsten filaments have a fair emission peak around 630nm, which is a highly-efficient wavelength in the red range for plant photosynthesis, and tungsten filaments emit a large amount of IR light from 720-760nm, which can help promote fruit and flower development.
Almost every single experienced grower will tell you that you can’t get anything decent from incandescent bulbs.
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Bearing this in mind, I most certainly would not recommend using incandescent lamps alone, and certainly don’t use high-wattage ones. 10-25w, no more. You need to be able to get these close but not burn the plants. Don’t overload on these, either, let your other lighting carry the grunt work, the incandescent lamps are just supporting lights.
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I used one incandescent bulb to grow 2 plants from seed to a decently big vegetative size–several big fan leaves & a nice skunky smell. Unfortunately I had to abort the grow unexpectedly, but those bagseed plants responded wonderfully to that single weak lamp. I was shocked. And no, they didn’t stretch or fall over. I doubt it would be sufficient for flowering or maintaining growth of large plants, but it definitely works for seedlings & small veg plants.