While not so long ago, LED grow lights hit the market and low yields and small fruits were the cry of the general growing community, these days the humble LED grow lights have started a growing renaissance where high yields and large fruits are easily achievable.
New Grow lights on the market now provide comparable results to high-pressure sodium (Hps) lights, but at significantly lower operating costs than sodium. How has technology evolved now to provide LED lighting that rivals Hps in terms of yield on both counts? fruit size. With the development of high-power LED diodes and advanced heat dissipation systems, LED diodes can now operate at higher voltages than ever before. Modern LED grow lights are now equipped with double optics or triple optics to intensify the light and also provide a perfect light dispersion pattern suitable for explosive growth in both the vegetative and flowering cycles of plant growth.
These new lights now have power comparable to the light output of Hps, but the introduction of special wavelengths and ratios combined with high-power LED diodes is what makes the new LED grow lights so effective. Early lights came in a limited spectrum, i.e. blue, red and occasionally orange, and the new wavelengths and ratios now available cover the full spectrum and include ultraviolet, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, infrared, 2700K-7000K white.
These wavelength ranges can now be tuned in very specific proportions to provide increased yield and larger fruit. The ability to customize individual wavelengths in ratio gives you complete control over your grow light performance, allowing you to precisely customize your new LED grow lights. Grower requirements such as higher yield or increased flavor
With the development of double and triple optical lenses, LED lighting can now not only provide highly customizable and specific LED lighting but also the specific magnification of optical lenses to provide the perfect intensity and coverage to make the most of the LED lighting created. A very high level of light can be achieved with the ability of the lens to intensify the light. Through the specific light diffusion angle of the lens, this intense light spreads evenly over the effective space of the light and penetrates through the plant to the lower branches.
These two important areas where further improvements in LED diode wavelength tuning and optical lens technology will appear will provide very fine tolerances in future LED wavelengths. LED diodes used for high-quality lighting are typically tuned to within 5 nm (nanometers) and provide excellent results down the road, but LED diodes can be tuned to the exact light response point requirements of plants. Lens technology is still in its infancy, but double and triple lenses are already available. This area of technology may improve over time, but the improvements that can be achieved are potentially enormous.
The humble LED grows light is now here and with further advances in LED technology over the next few years, the future of LED lighting is indeed very bright. High-pressure sodium lighting has dominated the lighting market for many years. Now slide it in and the LED lights will help you find the perfect fit for your crown.