For industrial cannabis growers, one of the most common questions is: "Which type of LED shop light for growing plants should I look for?"
Before buying LED shop lights for growing plants, what aspects should we pay attention to?
Ⅰ. The chip of LED grow lights
Any chip less than 3W can not provide enough consistent light coverage for plants. This means that each chip needs 3W instead of three 1W ground LED lights, so please pay attention to this when reading the instructions. 3W chips provide the best quality in white, blue, and red.
Ⅱ. The power of LED shop lights for growing plants
It is also imperative to read the product description to get the total amount. The lamp claims to have several units. It can be 300W, 400, 600, or even 1000W. Always check the output and look for at least 300W.
It needs to be understood that when it comes to LED shop lights for growing plants, it is always impossible to get 100% power. The final power is usually less than the actual one, so the higher the wattage can compensate for the power loss.
Ⅲ. The spectrum of LED shop light for growing plants
When growing industrial cannabis, the red, blue, and infrared are also important, so stick to the ideal PAR value. Look for blues in the range of 440-470nm, with a wavelength range of 640 to 660nm.
Ⅳ. The heat dissipation of the LED shop light for growing plants
LED shop lights for growing plants stay on most of the day, usually 15 hours at a time, so make sure they have an internal fan to protect the sunshine and a fan to protect the plants. If it is too hot there, it may damage the plants.
LED shop lights for growing plants run at a lower temperature than HPS bulbs because they only emit about 15% to 25% of the energy as heat, but the heat occurs behind the LED bulb, so the area needs to be protected. A high-quality lamp will have a thick aluminum heat sink on the rear, exterior, or interior area to take the heat away from the chip.
Ⅴ. The lens of the LED shop light for growing plants
High-quality lamps will have an optical lens that can magnify the light and increase the nutrient penetration rate of plants by about 25%. This makes the lamp more expensive, but it's worth it.
Ⅵ. Materials for LED shop light for growing plants
LED grow lights should have a warranty, preferably 5 to 10 years. The service life of LEDs of this nature is about ten years, especially for some more expensive solid panels made of aluminum, steel, or materials that are not easily broken.
Ⅶ. Warranty of LED shop light for growing plants
The lifespan of LED shop lights for growing plants is as long as ten years. Hence, manufacturers who only provide a one-year warranty are skeptical because this indicates that the manufacturing cost is low, and the housing or cable system is not sound. It is usually desirable to provide a 3-year warranty on the parts.
In any case, the parts are guaranteed to be replaceable because no matter which part needs to be replaced, the bulb will continue to work. You can easily replace the missing pieces yourself, while the plants can still get the nutrients they need.