How to grow marijuana indoors with LEDs? LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are the new generation of grow lights that emit specific wavelengths of light for better yields. They are easily programmed
This is Part 1 of a 2 part series. How to grow marijuana indoors with LEDs? (Part 2) – The Stone Editorial
LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are the new generation of grow lights that emit specific wavelengths of light for better yields. They are easy to program to reflect the exact needs of plants. LEDs work better in small spaces than HIDs and fluorescents, offering much more power plant growth per watt. Before we delve into how to cultivate marijuana with LEDs, let’s have a look at the most common types of LED grow lights on the market.
LED Grow Lights
There are many different LED models available today. You can easily find one that fits your budget and meets your needs for cultivating Cannabis indoors. They vary by size, spectrum, wattage, type of growth stage, coverage area, and more. You’ll also want to consider how you will hang the lights over your garden. Some are suspended, while others have a hanging kit included. The list can go on, but here are some of our most commonly asked questions about LED grow lights for growing Cannabis indoors:
Q1: How many watts do I need?
A: You can get a rough estimate of how many watts your light will need if you know the size of your garden and how much light is required for each plant. However, keep in mind that it’s easy to provide too much or too little light. The only natural way to gauge the optimum intensity of LED grow lights for Cannabis is to use a Lux meter, which can be purchased on eBay or Amazon. We recommend using one that has the capability for “peak lux” to get a more exact reading.
Q2: How far should LED grow lights hang from my plants?
A: That depends on what you’re growing and how big it is. For young seedlings, you’ll want to keep them closer. Once they’ve grown bigger, move your LED grow light system further away from the plants. It’s impossible to give a general rule for this as every strain is different and develops differently.
Q3: How do I set up my LED grow lights?
A: This will depend on the model of LED grow light you have. Some models can be set to specific stages, including germination, growth, and flowering.
Depending on your growth cycle, you’ll also need to download a timer that will automatically turn your lights on and off. We recommend checking out some YouTube videos for advice from experienced growers with the same type of lights as you.
Q4: What is the payback period for LED grow lights?
A: The payback period depends on your energy costs and how much you initially spent on the equipment. A quality LED grow light kit can cost around $500 or more, depending on your need. You’ll also want to consider that these lights last 5 to 10 years, so it can be a very cost-effective method for increasing Cannabis Indica indoors in the long run.
How to grow marijuana indoors with LEDs? (Part 1), How to grow marijuana indoors with LEDs? (Part 2) – The Stone Editorial