"LEDs offer two main advantages: One, they give off specific wavelengths of light that can be fine-tuned to the plant and its stage of growth... And two, they use way less energy—up to 60 percent less than traditional bulbs, by some accounts."
- Wired Magazine
We've all watched the meteoric rise of LED technology over the last decade. With increasing concerns over energy, LEDs are being promoted by everyone from architects to the United Nations as the go-to solution for efficient personal, residential and commercial lighting.
Admittedly, as grow lights, LEDs have had some growing pains along the way but, with our background in architectural lighting, we've been excited to see the technology mature into what we believe is today's go-to grow solution. For us, it's the consistent results that are most compelling.
While traditional HPS, HID and fluorescent grow lights have helped a generation of growers get the job done, ask those same growers about yield and you'll likely hear the same thing: because these lamps don't offer a focused spectrum, greens can become leggy as they reach out for the light and then, as leaves approach the lamps, the tops will often turn away or even wither from the intense heat.
By contrast, LEDs provide the most light in the spectrum precisely where plants need it. Emphasizing the blues and reds that support vegetative and fruiting growth, LEDs maximize the the amount of light that can be photosynthesized, allowing plants to flourish and spread.
Lifted LED complements the reds and blues with IR and UV LEDs and a full spectrum LED source, creating what we believe is the most advanced light for plants, and a pleasant light for growers.
Taking things one step further, our AirCom technology allows growers to customize that spectrum by dialing in light delivery using our patented spectrum customization app.
Our advanced optics lead to consistently higher PAR values. That means more photons are delivered directly to the growing footprint, providing superior light penetration past the plant canopy.
If you've grown with traditional grow lights, you know that electricity is often a grower's largest ongoing expense. Although HPS and HID light intensity is higher, LEDs use about half the electricity resulting in significantly more light per watt.
With LEDs, the energy savings alone can quickly pay off your investment, and the longer you own your system, the more you save!
Because HID and HPS grow lights run so hot (up to 600°!) both they and your plants must be air cooled with fans and, at times, air conditioning, adding even more energy demand to your system. While fluorescents are a little cooler, they still require external cooling and a watchful eye to avoid burning leaves.
By contrast, LED grow lights are cooled internally so you save money on electricity and can have a quieter, fan-free grow space in the process! And, since LEDs run so much cooler, plants are happy growing closer to the fixture.
While startup costs favor less expensive traditional grow lights, maintaining a grow room full of them can require significant ongoing costs. Apart from the need to purchase cooling equipment, traditional growers seeking peak performance must consistently invest time and money into their hardware as well.
As the key statistic, compare the lifespan of an LED at a conservative 50,000 hours to the 10,000 and 18,000 hours of HID and HPS lamps. What's more, traditional lamp efficiency begins degrading immediately and decreases quickly while LEDs maintain the majority of their potency over their long lives.
While saving money on materials, LED growers are also benefiting the environment.
With their quicker burnout rate, not only are HID, HPS and fluorescent lamps adding more mass to the landfill, they're also adding toxins including mercury. And, not only is the lifecycle of traditional lights shorter, the large and fragile lamps are also easier to break during storage and handling, causing more waste and releasing yet more toxins.
As we see all around us, the waste adds up. In the case of fluorescents, you need a lot of those "inexpensive" bulbs per fixture: with a max of 54 watts, a grower might need 10-20 bulbs for a 4'x4' grow bed!
Like most traditional grow lights, LED fixtures are plug and play. However, unlike those other units that require special cooling and ventilation needs, LEDs are actually plug and grow!
And with lower electricity needs it's much more likely that you can set up your grow room using your existing electrical outlets. Case in point: growing with Lifted LED you could plug four of our CITY 9 grow lights into a standard 110 outlet, assuming a 20 amp circuit breaker!