Optimize Your Grow Room With These LED Light Tips
LED light technology has made a significant impact on the cultivation industry. Since they’re introduction into indoor growing facilities, they have been increasingly replacing traditional lighting technology.
A few reasons for this rapid shift is due to the fact that LED lighting systems are considerably more efficient than conventional fluorescent and HPS lighting, use less energy and are relatively inexpensive over time, making them the preferred choice for indoor growers regardless of the types of crops they plant.
While the LED revolution is undoubtedly here to stay and traditional lights are quickly being replaced in grow rooms, there are a few tips and takeaways that can help growers achieve even better results with their lighting systems.
Before we dive into the tips, it’s important to note that LEDs have proven to be effective in optimizing growth process of several plants and resulting in bigger yields, but only when their systems are set up appropriately.
Keep Your Grow Room at Optimal Temperature
Prior to LED lights being used in indoor gardens, HPS light bulbs were the most common type of lighting systems. While they gave plants a source of light, they did so while emitting high heat levels and consuming high levels of electricity. HPS bulbs had to be placed far from the plant ́s leaves, as their excessive heat dried the air (increased transpiration) and could have burn any crop if placed in proximity.
Once it was discovered that LEDs could produce a broad light spectrum without excessive heat emissions and significantly lower energy consumption, the choice was clear.
While each plant has a slightly different optimal temperature, it is usually recommended to keep the grow room at a range between 82-85 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 28 to 30 degrees Celsius). This optimizes the metabolic processes of the plants and enables them to grow faster and stronger.
Place Your LEDs at an Appropriate Distance
Most LEDs carry no optics and pay less attention to distribution and uniformity what force growers to place them closer to the surface of their plants. However, Fotonica’s EVA 3 lighting system smart technology leaves ample room for growers to work and tend to their plants and still keep high intensity uniformly delivered with no heat effects on plant canopy.
EVA 3’s smooth surface bars are designed to avoid any interference with airflow, dust and/or humidity allow for easy cleaning. The heat produced by the LED system is discharged through an active cooling system (fans) occupied with convertible filters to avoid any clogging. The system also includes integrated sensors monitoring the functionality and alert the growers in case of required maintenance (fans and burned diode).
Let Your Plants Rest
While some LED systems can be safely operated 24/7, plants require dark time as much as they need light. In nature, the day and night provide this necessary balance, which must be replicated with the help of timers or other intelligent systems.
It is recommended to provide a constant period of light for 16-20 hours per day, although the optimal time varies from plant to plant and phenological stage.. Some plants (e.g. short day plants) in the process of flowering may require as little as 12 hours of light every day, in order to trigger their flowering biochemical processes. Traditional timers can provide some control but when scale is high and growers are busy, it becomes a bother and time consuming to run them manually. Fotonica offers Command & Control software which allows growers to effortlessly manage an unlimited amount of units across different geographies through wireless and BT connectivity via Tablet and/or Mobile application.