With continuity in advancement in lighting technology, many cannabis cultivators are beginning to witness the benefits of replacing other grow lights with LEDs. When it comes to getting perfect lighting for indoor growth of cannabis, many cultivators are turning to LEDs. However, many find it a rocky start for the advancing technology has given them a lot of headache.
Apart from reduced energy consumption and utility costs, faster switching and longer life span majority of focused growers are looking to do more than just replace other grow lights such as HPS with LEDs. They are looking towards LED grow lights to improve the quality of cannabis, increase their yields and also drive efficiencies in their supply chain.
If you want to give LEDs a go, below are 6 (SIX) Tips on how you can use the grow lights properly:
- Manage heat
LED grow light are lights that are said to run cool as they produce less heat compared to other grow lights such as HPS and HIDs. So there is no need to get cool tubes to generate low temperatures in the grow tents especially in summers where your cannabis plants may be at risk of overheating. However, in cold seasons where you may have relied on heat from grow lamps such as HID lamps, you may require an additional source of heat to help the crops in the grow tent to thrive. You don’t have to worry about this as LED grow lights save you a lot of energy which should offset the heating costs.
- Mount them on the right height
While many have a plug- and-play habit, spending your time to hang your best led grow lights at a right height can increase your cannabis yields and quality. Most environments will have several factors that you should account for when mounting your LEDs. Such factors include absence or presence of natural lights, size and wattage of the LEDs and the stage of the plant. With this in mind, you should make sure make sure the LEDs produce uniform light that is concentrated deep into the plants canopy. If you hang your LEDs too high, you will have increased your area of coverage but your plants will have low light intensity to thrive. If you mount them too low, the increased light intensity may stress your plants. You should therefore follow the manufacturer’s mounting and lighting recommendations to make sure that you balance between the coverage area and the light intensity.
- Manage your watering
A very big and common mistake made by majority of cannabis growers is overwatering their plants after they switch from other grow lights to LEDs. One thing they need to know is that the temperatures in the grow rooms are not high with LEDs compared to other grow lights. Cannabis growers should keep a close eye on the water consumption to avoid overwatering their plants as it will lead to poor growth.
- Pick grow lights with the right spectrum
Unlike other grow lights, you can give an output of a certain light spectrum to your cannabis plants.
This is recommendable as your cannabis plants require different spectrums of light at different times during their growth period. With LED technology, you can give your plants white and blue lights during vegetative stages and other light spectrums during flowering stage. You can switch any light spectrum to match any stage of your cannabis life cycle.
- Define your light cycles
Light cycles are usually designed to set a rhythm for your cannabis plants biological life. Light cycles can be manipulated by decreasing or increasing hours of light and darkness to stimulate your plant’s photoperiod. This ensures your cannabis plants get the desired light for optimal growth.
- Mount multiple units
You can better serve your plants by calculating and implementing multiple LED units in the growth facility. This is by allowing the beams of light to overlap and maximize light distribution across the plant’s canopy. This can save you a lot of cash in the long run while obtaining optimum light conditions for your cannabis plants.