How To Choose LED Lights for Cannabis Cultivation

Finding the best LEDs for your indoor cannabis cultivation can be overwhelming. This helpful guide breaks down everything you need to get started.

How To Choose LED Lights for Cannabis Cultivation

by Katherine Hargreaves | AROYA Contributor

As home cannabis cultivation becomes more mainstream, more people are choosing to build indoor setups to better sustain plant health and increase the success of their gardens. Although LEDs have been around for a while, the technology behind grow lights has rapidly improved in parallel with the growing market. Which is good news – given the cost involved with setting up your indoor garden, finding lights that will do the job isn’t hard. However, selecting the best LEDs for your set-up can be overwhelming given all the products available now. This begs the question: how do you choose the right LED lights for cannabis cultivation?

This article outlines the best LEDs on the market today along with an easy-to-reference guide to figure out which ones are worth your investment. But first, let’s discuss why LEDs are a better choice than your average grow light.

Why LEDs?

Cannabis cultivators love LEDs, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they produce exceptional buds in less time, but they stay cooler than their traditional HPS counterparts. Although more expensive at the outset, LED lights save you money over their lifetime, resulting in a lower electric bill each month.

Additionally, many LED manufacturers have increased the wattage growth power with specialized lenses that focus light on plants, increasing yields compared to older models. No matter the size or specs of your setup, there’s an LED that will help you grow your most fruitful yield yet.

Overall, LEDs are recommended if…

Types of LEDs
Given the diversity in models, there isn’t one LED that ranks best. Each garden is unique, and each LED has its own constraints and benefits. Generally, there are three types of LEDs to consider:

  1. Spread Style – Simply put, this is many small LEDs dispersed over a larger area. Some examples of this are the quantum board and the “spider style” LEDs. Quantum boards are compact, single boards with multiple diodes dispersed over their area whereas the “spider style” has several arms with a similar design, just spread out like an arachnid. Although more expensive than the quantum board, growers swear by them.
  2. Traditional Panel – Standard panels are compact options with small to medium wattage diodes. Consider them a happy medium between the spread style and the COB style, with a solid array of features from both.
  3. COB Style – Whereas the other two LED styles feature smaller diodes, the COB style has large bulbs comprised of multiple LED chips. This style offers more intense light and is known for its deep penetration of the plant canopy.

Choosing The Right LEDs For Your Grow

When researching LEDs, there are three factors to consider: Power, Color, and Cost. Everything else is extra once you know these three details.

Horticulture Lighting Group HLG 100 V2 LED - 100W

Fluence Spyderx Plus 660

Gavita Pro 1700e LED 120-277 Volt

ViparSpectra Dimmable LED Grow Lights

GalaxyHydro Roleadro LED Grow Lights

California Lightworks Solar System 1100

Photo by CRYSTALWEED cannabis on Unsplash

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