Blueprint to Indoor Gardening With LED Lights:
LED grow lights have significantly changed the manner in which people do indoor gardening. It is an innovative way of growing fruits, vegetables, and even marijuana by using lights rather than the sun.
Before you buy though, we recommend checking the grow light – tips and review guide. You should also have a proper light plan in place.
A light plan takes into account the distance between grow lights, their orientation and the variety of crops you are growing indoors. Knowing the ideal combination between these factors may be the difference between optimum light yields and low indoor gardening yields.
The Lighting Combination?
An ideal light plan incorporates a thorough analysis of the various elements such as the distribution of light, the appropriate light level, environmental conditions, the total height and the construction of the indoor planting structure.
Your starting point should always be your desired light level – this is actually the primary focus. All the other elements affecting the performance of the grow lights should then be well-thought-out for high-level efficiency and consistency.
Which elements we are talking about?
- Dimensions of the structure: grow facilities come in different sizes and therefore have different grow light needs. The most important include ceiling height, the length and width of the space, and the expected crop height – you don’t expect the crops to touch the lights.The expected crop height helps determine the available space or distance between the crop canopy and the grow lights. This proves vital when choosing the lights or reflectors for peak performance.
- The objects in between: various objects come in between the grow lights and your plants – many gardeners are often oblivious to it. They include the shade cloth, fans, AC units and irrigation pipes among others.These obstacles may create an undesirable shadow affecting their final yield.
The best light plan puts all these factors into consideration to ensure proper orientation and spacing for optimal crop performance.
Another often ignored factor is the lighting for walkways and walls.
Typical grow lights with symmetric distribution often lead to the projection of the lights onto walls and other spaces where it is not needed. An ideal light plan incorporates lights with features directing light where is mostly needed – the plants.
In simpler terms, shop for the lights with the necessary features for asymmetric light distribution.
- The Type of Crop: different crops have varying lighting needs. Taller plants present a sort of a challenge as light may not reach all plant parts. Ideally, choose a reflector or luminaire delivering a more concentrated illumination of up to 45 degrees and which produces a uniform light penetration.The desired plant response is a vital factor in ascertaining the ideal spectral formula. For example, blue light is all about leaf pigmentation but is often inhibiting on stem elongation. The red light, on the other hand, enhances flowering and stem elongation.
Setting up a decent lighting system is a significant investment, and so careful planning is vital – the goal is always to get the best. The right kinds of lights are high performance and have a low maintenance factor. Ask questions before deciding on the appropriate one.