Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Grab the LED Hydroponic Grow Light for Sale and You Will Never Regret Your Decision

LEDs have come of age. From research labs they moved to use in industry and then into homes and for general purpose lighting, the true sign of maturity. Prices have fallen from the absurdly high to the affordable rates that put LEDs within easy reach of every homeowner. They have become ubiquitous. If LEDs are finding widespread use for general purpose illumination, the credit goes to the development of the full spectrum white LEDs that mimic Sunlight in quality. The same quality makes them ideal for use in hydroponics where lighting plays a crucial role in determining plant yields.

It is only now that hydroponics growers are waking up to the decided advantages of the LED as the perfect light source. CFL and Fluorescent tubes, even if chosen for CRI, can never have a full spectrum. The same applies to high intensity sodium vapor lamps. Mercury vapor lamps are decidedly greenish-blue in hue. Metal halide is a bit closer but still does not possess the full spectrum of colors from ultra violet to infra-red. They are also power hungry and have a short life. In addition, these light sources have low conversion efficiency, dissipating energy as heat, which poses a threat to the plants. In sum, these lamps are power hungry, cannot be dimmed and need frequent replacement. Hydroponic growers can grab the LED hydroponic grow lights for sale and overcome all the shortcomings of traditional lighting.

LED grow light represents an investment. For a businessman, the main concern is ROI or return on investment. A 900 watt LED grow light costs around $ 1999. The ROI can be considered in these terms:

  • 900W LED grow light emits light equivalent to a 1400 watt lamp, saving 500 watts
  • LEDs have a nominal life of 100000 hours, 5 times that of conventional CFL. For the same duration a grower would have to buy 5 replacements CFL or HIPS lamps.
  • An LED module is about 30 inches x 15 inches in size with a matrix of about 300 LEDs for a 900 watt module. Light spread is even and the module can be positioned close to the plant, promoting better growth.
  • LED lights emit very little heat and do away with expensive ventilation and the need for frequent watering.
  • Intensity and spectral quality can be varied with the use of digital controller. Just one module allows grower to set it to emit blue-green light for saplings to grow fast and, when they reach maturity, change the color to yellow-orange-red for better flowering and budding. Growers get more yields and of better quality, which fetches better prices.

The best full spectrum LED modules are made by MVP Hydroponics, a leader in LED lighting, who makes available grow lights specifically for the hydroponics industry.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My Experience with New Age LED Grow Lights and How It Transformed My Business

This is the experience of a hydroponics grower who switched to LED lights and transformed his business. He was growing exotic herbs and vegetables using the hydroponics method and supplied to select restaurants in his area. After switching to LED lighting n an experimental basis, the quality and quantity of produce improved so much that he switched over entirely to this method of lighting even though it entailed more investment.

“The starting point to switching over to LEDs was this website I came across offering New Age 600 watt LED grow lights for sale. I grow exotic herbs and vegs for select restaurants and use CFL as the lighting source. I have banks of cool white CFLs and banks of warmer toned CFLs that I switch according to the stage of growth of the plants. I had been toying with the idea of LEDs but was not entirely convinced about their suitability. The cost especially deterred me from making the change. Luckily the sale offer tempted me and I bought one module to check it out. I positioned it over a bed and kept records of the growth patterns of herbs grown under it and herbs grown in a similar sized bed lighted by CFLs.  Here are my observations after six months:

“The 600 watt LED grow light for sale at MVP Hydroponics actually contains 200 3W LEDs arranged in a matrix. The design is good with stainless body and cooling arrangement at the top to extract hot air with the help of small fans.

On switching on I found light is directional and evenly spread. To my surprise the light is cool and this meant I could position the module close to the plants without fear of their burning up. This means I do not need to water plants frequently, which saves time and effort for me. The module consumes less power but the intensity of light is the same as that obtained from other lamps consuming 1000 watts. The best thing about the module is that it has a controller. It was as simple as turning a knob to set the desired color easily. With CFLs I had to remove one type and insert another type into the sockets, a time consuming experience. With this new age LED I set the color as required at each growth stage. Needless to say I had the most succulent greens and large, red juicy tomatoes. That alone is worth the investment and I did earn praise from my restaurant clients.”

It is new and revolutionary. The convenience and time saving as well as money saving features of this array are simply amazing. Considering the long life, rising costs of electricity and the superior results, more and more hydroponics growers prefer MVP LED new age lighting modules these days. LED is the renaissance of lighting.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Hydroponic Enthusiasts Get Started with LED Hydroponic Grow Lights for Sale

Hydroponics is one of the best ways to grow your flowers and vegetables indoors. All that hydroponics enthusiasts need is some trays, the right mix of soil, a watering system and lights.  Till now the accepted method of lighting included use of filament lamps such as halogen and ordinary light bulbs, and gas discharge lamps such as high pressure or low pressure sodium vapor lamps, metal halide and fluorescent tubes. All these lighting systems are inefficient since only a small part of the electrical energy is converted to light with the rest being dissipated as heat. Under ordinary circumstances this would not matter but in enclosed spaces the heat can affect plants and make them wilt especially small seedlings that can die.

LED Hydroponics grow lights for sale offer an affordable way for hydroponics enthusiasts to get started and grow plants that yield plenty of leaves (if they grow herbs) or flowers and fruits. Available in 3 types, 600, 900 and 1200 watts, these panels make use of 3 Watt full spectrum LEDs arranged in a matrix of 200, 300 or 400 LEDs. These panels consume 400, 600 and 1000 watts and output light with lumens equivalent to conventional lamps consuming 1000, 1400 and 2000 watts respectively. In addition, LEDs have a life of 100000 hours and with a sophisticated controller, growers can control intensity as well as light spectrum for optimum growth in the vegetative and flowering stages leading to perfect fruits and vegetables or better quality of leafy vegetables with superior taste. Now, that alone is worth investing in LED lighting for hydroponics.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Get Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights for Sale and Watch Plants Blossom

Plants depend on photosynthesis for growth and this in turn depends on sunlight. The Sun emits light ranging in wavelength from ultraviolet with the shortest wavelength at about 280 nanometers to infrared with a wavelength of about 700 nanometers. This is known as full spectrum and plants benefit when exposed to Sunlight since the process of photosynthesis needs indigo, violet, some infrared, red and orange colors to grow properly. Growers using hydroponics under controlled conditions make use of artificial full spectrum or part spectrum lighting concentrated in these ranges to promote growth and obtain better yields.

The most common light sources are low pressure sodium vapor lamps, mercury halide and halogen. However, these emit light with limited spectra with sodium vapor emitting yellow light and mercury lights emitting blue-green light. Most of the energy is lost and only a small part is used. This means lower productivity and higher energy costs. The better alternative is to get full spectrum LED grow lights for sale from quality manufacturers. Such selected LEDs emit full spectrum light in the correct balance, nearly mimicking Sunlight.

Mega 1200 watt

LED lamps consume less power, run cooler and have a life of about 100000 hours depending on the control circuitry. They also have a flatter light spread and a directional beam, avoiding the use of reflectors and wastage of light. About 400 to 800 low cost 3W full spectrum LEDs can be arranged in a flat panel to give uniform light output over an area of 3 meters x 3 meters, with the lumen output at 600 watt power consumption being the same as the output of other lamps consuming 1500 or 2000 watts because LEDs have the highest efficiency.  With full spectrum LEDs on the scene, it is no contest and all other lamps become obsolete for hydroponics purposes.