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Is Buying LED Grow Lights Worth The Cost?

Buying LED grow lights can be an expensive initial cost and many growers are concerned that they will never see the return. When you are thinking about growing plants indoors, you have to consider several things, most importantly is probably the lighting. Whether you are moving plants to a greenhouse, or into a home or garage, the lighting that you choose will determine the yield and success of the plants. There are many lighting options available on the market for you to choose from, each option having its own benefits and downfalls. Only one stands out and is both more economical and efficient than the alternatives.

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Differences in Indoor Grow Lights

As the trend continues to grow towards indoor hydroponic gardening, an ongoing conversation about which indoor grow lights are the best and which ones are the worst is up for debate. To discover which indoor lighting type works best for you, start by learning which types are available and the differences between each type.

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What are HID Grow Lights?

HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH) are two types of HID bulbs that are good for indoor growing. MH bulbs produce light in the blue spectrum. This light is better for plant growth during the vegetative stage as it promotes stem, branch and leaf growth . HPS bulbs produce light in the orange to red spectrum. The light produced in the orange to red spectrum triggers the release of plant hormones used in the flowering stages. You can usually expect higher yields when growing with HPS bulbs.

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HID vs LED Grow Lights

When it comes to growing plants indoors, there are two major competitors in the world of grow lights. Light Emitting Diode lights, or LED’s, and High-Intensity Discharge lamps, or HIDs. The big question is which one is better and which one will offer the biggest benefits to your crops. Well on the surface one of the most noticeable difference in lights is going to be the price. You can buy a 1000 Watt HID grow light for about $60. Right now the only true 1000 watt LED grow light on the market is the PhytoMAX 1000 and it MSRP’s at $3,099. At such a contrasting price point it’s important for growers to do their research and fully understand the benefits of growing with each.

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Growing Vegetables Indoors with HPS Lighting

There are a few things plants must have in order to grow, water, oxygen and light are three of those must-have essentials. Growing vegetables indoors presents a challenge on how to deliver the optimum amount of light to growing plants without causing the utility bill to skyrocket, thus under-mining all the saving gained by growing vegetables at home. HPS lighting (high pressure sodium lighting) is a great light source that will help indoor-growing vegetable plants develop rapidly and produce abundantly, things that all gardeners want from their plants.

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