You can find out much more about light spectrums and grow lights in general in my earlier post.
So, after all this we are still there is still the question which one of the products I showcased above is the best affordable growing light?
For example, you can find an affordable HID light that you can use to develop your ganja plant from a seedling to a bud-laden tree. However, they tend to burn out quickly.
#3 Sun System Grow Lights
Another disadvantage is that they only produce light in the blue spectrum, which means they are only good for the early and late stages of the plant’s development. You will have to use one of the other types of grow lights during the flowering stage, which completely defeats the idea of affordability.
Just like with any HPS or HID grow light, the only thing I don’t like about it is its power consumption. Another thing I don’t like about it is that the warranty only covers the light bulb, and not the fixture.
What To Look For In A Grow Light?
This is quite a tough decision to make, since all these devices come with a set of unique features and uses.
The only thing that could be improved on this product is its water-resistance because it has none. So, if you’re not careful with how you water your plant, you might end up with a dead light.
T5’s are the most efficient, but they cost a lot more than T8’s. I use the 4′ 2 bulb T8 as overhead lighting in my veg cab, plants like it but I also have CFL’s in there right up on them, cause the light from CFL’s is more concentrated.
Yeah, I actually would like to try just using t8’s for veg. Maybe get like 3 or 4 two bulb fixtures going. 4 would be 256 actual watts.
I just fear the plants would stretch. but I guess it would be worth the experiment.
These issues can be related to improper usage of lighting. (The same issues affect other types of plants as well.) Grow lights are a great tool for making the growing process more efficient, but they can also be harmful to the plant if not used correctly.
Providing Insufficient Lighting
Regular High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights produce a lot of heat and generate lots of infrared light. This dries out the plant and the soil and results in the need to water the plant more often. However, LED lights generate no infrared light and don't emit nearly as much heat, so there is no need for abundant watering.
Overwatering When Switching from HIDs to LEDs
For people who use cannabis derived products on a regular basis, it is very tempting to try growing the plant at home. The benefits are quite obvious: the cost is drastically lower and there aren't any hassles related to the actual purchase of medical marijuana.