Garden Hits & Myths: Are LED grow lights worth the investment?
LEDs (LEDs) are the most popular things in growth lights in plants.
Well, maybe \"cool\" is better than \"hottest.
One of the main sales features of LED growth lights is that they operate at a much lower speed than their competitors and therefore are more energy efficientefficient.
But LED growth lights are also more expensive than traditional growth lights, so the question you need to ask yourself before buying LED growth lights is, it is helpful to understand before you decide whether to install LED growth lights (or any other plant Therefore, understanding what they are and how they affect plant growth.
The scientific explanation of how LEDs work can be a bit of a headache --
The effective way for me is to treat a single LED fixture as a structure that contains many small semiconductors (diodes) that limit the flow of electrons whenever the fixture is plugged in and turned on
This limitation causes the diodes to emit a large amount of light, which the plants can then absorb and use to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugar.
Other types of growth lights also convert electronic energy into usable plant light, but they are generally not as effective as LEDs, generating too much heat.
It is true that thermal energy is not a complete waste, because it requires a fairly warm temperature for plants to grow well, but it is not good --
High quality growth lights are usually much more heat than plants can use.
Another interesting aspect of many LED growth lights is that designers have been able to \"tune\" them in order to make the best spectrum for plants.
Blue and red are the two favorite colors of most plants, so many LED growth lights today have strong peaks in both colors.
In fact, some LEDs only emit red or blue light, which makes the plants look weird (even a little creepy ).
In a particular greenhouse, I saw rows of tomatoes under red growth lights, which gave the leaves a weird crimson glow.
I feel like I\'m on Mars!
Fortunately, since the manufacturer has added other colors to the spectral mixture, most household LEDs are white.
What should you do? Because they\'re energy-
Efficient, durable and has a \"tuned\" spectrum to best meet the needs of the plant.
However, there are still many excellent fluorescent growth lights that are cheaper and still contribute to the wonderful growth of plants.
Ordinary thin T5 fluorescent long light tube-
T means tube, \"5\" means tube diameter is 5/16-
Not like energy-
But they are still doing very well.
In terms of the quality and quantity of light, the spiral fluorescent growth lamps are comparable to the T5 tubes, but they are more compact and can be easily screwed into conventional lamp sockets.
Now, if you still have a few incandescent lamps in your garage, don\'t want to use them as growth lights.
They can light up the room well and give a warm glow, but since they only emit a small fraction of the available light, they provide little energy for plant growth.
Maybe you want to jump the lights together.
This is an option, of course, but keep in mind that plant food is light, not fertilizer.
In our short winter days
Thanks to our north latitude.
Many of our indoor plants are now on a hunger diet.
Some plants can be tough in the dark days of winter, but they look sparse and sad for months.
So come back to the problem.
Compared to traditional growth lights weighing all factors, is it worth paying extra for LED growth lights, and I would say yes, LED growth lights are worth it.
But I know a lot of people are happy with their fluorescent lights, which is good.
However, for others, the decision to install LEDs may depend entirely on their cooling factor --
Both symbolic and literal.
Jim Hall is the owner of Hall\'s greenhouse in St.
Albert is a certified professional gardener of the American Academy of Horticulture Sciences.