Fluorescents are a great choice for clones, young plants, supplemental lighting and can save you money on electricity in the vegetative stage compared to using high power lights when plants are too young to use it all anyway. They can also be used to flower plants in spaces that are shorter than what’s possible with other grow lights (aka ‘stealth growing’).
3.) LED Grow Lights
LED grow lights are very popular among cannabis growers as an alternative to HPS grow lights. They tend to run cooler and also usually come with built-in cooling. They can often be plugged into a wall and simply hung over plants which is definitely easier than setting up an HID grow light. LEDs also have great penetration so they don’t need to be moved frequently like fluorescents.
Note: Some growers may have heard of “Induction” grow lights, which are pretty rare these days but still pop up from time to time. There are two types: “Magnetic Induction” grow lights do okay for growing cannabis but they’re pretty much glorified fluorescent lights. “Plasma Induction” grow lights actually perform pretty poorly at growing cannabis.
Pros and Cons of HID Grow Lights
When choosing indoor grow lights for cannabis, vegetables, or any other kind of plant, the type of light fixture used can matter. For years, experienced and novice growers alike were reliant on HID light sources to grow their green. Within the past few years, LED grow lights have taken a hold of the market in a huge way and are beginning to eclipse HID grow lights as the best choice for growing plants indoors.
LED grow lights, such as the 400w TOAK from Access Fixtures, have been sweeping the marijuana grow scene for years and the momentum just keeps increasing. This is all for good reason, of course — LED grow lights rely on digital drivers and diodes to emit light instead of traditional combustion methods, and thus are far more efficient. LED grow lights come in many different form factors and styles.
Pros and Cons of LED Grow Lights
Traditional forms of lighting that were used in the past and are still used by many growers today include metal halide and high pressure sodium (often abbreviated to HPS). Both of these forms of lighting are considered induction lighting, meaning there are flammable gases and combustion that happen, causing visible light to be emitted. Metal halide lamps often emits a cooler light spectrum, which tends to benefit the vegetation stage of growing. High pressure sodium emits light at a warm 2200K, which is great for the flowering stage of the cannabis plant. Some growers choose to use one style of HID lighting or both during different cycles of the plant’s growing life.
Pros and Cons of HID Grow Lights
There are many short term and long term advantages of using LED fixtures to grow cannabis. While HID fixtures like HPS and metal halide have their place in the growing world, newer LED technology is superior in just about every way. Contact Access Fixtures today to learn more about the TOAK 400w LED grow light.
Learn more about how to train your plants to grow short & bushy to get the best results with HID Grow Lights.
Exhaust Efficiency – Every exhaust system has some level of inefficiency which will lower the amount of air being moved by the fan. This step tells you how much extra air-moving power needed to compensate. With an efficient exhaust, air goes in a short, straight line after passing through the fan. An inefficient path is when air has to go a long way after leaving the fan, or if the air has to go around turns instead of being in a straight line. This step will help make sure your fan is moving enough air to properly ventilate your space.
• Efficient path – multiply previous number by 2
• Inefficient path – multiply previous number by 3