There is a common misconception about LED lights in the grow industry. This is because, historically, HPS and CMH lights dominated the indoor horticulture market, and LED lights only began to be used for growing more recently. When LED grow lights were first introduced, they lacked in light output, were more expensive, and did not provide a full light spectrum. Because LEDs were not as powerful and only produced red and blue light spectrums, they got a bad reputation and even gained the unfavorable nickname “smurf lights”. However, over recent years, the advancements in LEDs have been monumental, making them match— and even outperform— traditional grow lights.
LED Grow Lights DO Work
LEDs now have the ability to put out some of the highest light intensities on the market. The 720W VOLT® Grow FL-1 for example has a light output that actually surpasses that of a 1000W DE HPS light. LED grow lights also have been tailored to create a full-spectrum of light that mimics the sun and optimizes plant growth. Lastly, LEDs have become much cheaper over the years, in addition to saving growers money on electricity and operating costs since they are much more energy efficient than traditional light sources. LED lights are even eligible for rebates from local utility companies.
Many cultivators have recognized these unique advantages and the high-quality performance of LEDs, which has led to a rapid adoption of LED technology for indoor grow lights. Especially with energy restrictions on the forefront of state legislation, LEDs are taking over the market and are the future of growing.