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Why Use LED Grow Lights for Your Indoor Plants

By Bradly Bernier

There are many benefits to using LEDs to grow your plants indoors. In this article we will explore the difference between LEDs and HPS (High Pressure Sodium) bulbs. LED grow lights have been getting a lot of hype in the recent years.

This new technology is said to be much more efficient than other types of grow lights for multiple reasons. Firstly these lights save a lot of energy. LED's are light emitting diodes and these small, luminous lights show a lot of promise. The following are just some of the reasons why they have been gaining a following:

Energy Efficiency - they use energy much more efficiently than any other type of light meaning less power used. These lights, depending on the manufacturer, save as much as 40 - 75% on energy costs while producing the same amount of light.

Long Life Span - These lights have a far longer life span than other bulbs, lasting as long as 50,000 to 100,000 hours compared to the 5,000 to 10,000 hour lifespan of high pressure sodium bulbs.

Less heat - Due to these lights efficient use of power they produce much less heat than other bulbs. The major benefit of this fact is that you will not need to use special fans and cooling equipment to keep your indoor plants cool. These are also less likely to burn your indoor plants. Another benefit is the reduced fire hazard.

LED's also do not need all of the accessories such as ballasts which other types of lights require.

Better light spectrum - this is the most controversial point about LED's. While many manufacturers will claim that their lights have the more optimum light spectrum many tests still contradict this major fact. The most important thing to note is that you get what you pay for. Cheap LED grow lights will produce less light while the more expensive ones can cost you a pretty penny and still fall just short of growing a fully producing indoor plant.

The main reasons to use LED grow lights are the great ROI due to their low energy use and long life span. This technology is still developing rather quickly and you should do more research before deciding what type of grow light is best for your situation.

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