The popularity of LED grow lights is climbing at a brisk pace. The reason for the rapidly increasing acceptance of these bulbs boils down to one critical factor – results. When stacked up against other types of indoor electric lighting solutions, LED grow lights outperform the competition in a number of key areas. One of the most notable of these areas is yield. Time and time again, harvests are much larger when stimulated by the nourishing illumination of LEDs.
BUT ISN’T ALL LIGHT THE SAME?
To the casual observer, yes. But that’s just the human point of view. Ordinary light, such as that provided by the sun, actually is comprised of different wavelengths collectively known as the light spectrum. Each component wavelength in the spectrum produces its own color. When these varying hues are combined, as they are in sunlight, they appear to us as ordinary white light.
Plants, however, are very good at distinguishing between the different spectral colors. And they alone decide which ones they want.
When it comes to leaf development and flowering, blue and red light is by far the most useful. These are the wavelengths absorbed and utilized in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight energy into food. Other spectral wavelengths often are rejected — they’re simply of no value. The green color of leaves actually is a reflection of rejected green spectrum light.
Blue light is particularly useful to tall, leafy plants, as this wavelength stimulates vegetative growth. Red light, on the other hand, is best for flowering and fruit-bearing plants. Clearly, you’ll want to align light color with the type of plant being cultivated. LED grow lights enable you to create this alignment with ease.
LED GROW LIGHTS: HERE’S TO THE RED AND BLUE
When you consider the spectral preferences of plants, it seems only logical that indoor lighting solutions focus on red and blue wavelengths. But only LED grow lights incorporate the advanced technology necessary to accommodate these spectral preferences. Other lighting solutions, such as High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights, generally produce the entire visible spectrum of light. When these bulbs are employed, the wavelengths not utilized by plants automatically become wasted energy. That kind of inefficiency easily translates to higher energy bills and lower yields – less usable light means less nourishment to support plant growth.
By focusing on red and blue light required for flowering and vegetation, LED grow lights give plants exactly what they need to thrive. They also give gardeners, both professional and casual, the most energy-saving, cost-efficient indoor lighting solution on earth. Whether you’re nurturing a winter vegetable garden, an indoor floral display, or a botanical masterpiece, these innovative bulbs definitely promise the best results for plants and humans.
Our VividGro® trial or demo program offers growers the opportunity to try the VividGro® fixtures for a limited time in their growing environments. During the trials, a VividGro® Trial Specialist will be assigned to help conduct an experiment to prove your return-on-investment (ROI).