How to Use LED Grow Lighting

For optimal growth and yield, the led grow lights should be used correctly. Not enough light or not placing the light at a proper distance are two of the most common errors with LEDs. Your plants won’t grow to their full potential if you don’t provide enough light. Incorrect light placement can also hinder plants’ ability to grow. Too close to a light will inhibit growth and too far can cause stretching. For optimal light penetration and coverage, make sure to follow the recommendations on the Details Page for each light. Indoor growing is complicated. Lighting is one of the most important.

For robust photosynthesis and plant growth, it is crucial to keep the LED grow lights at a safe distance from your plants. G8LED grow lights offer a rich mix of light in both the visible and the invisible parts of the spectrum. G8LEDs have been designed to maximize photosynthetic activation radio (PAR) wavelengths for plant growth. The light source will be available to plants in the same way that they would seek out the sun outdoors. As the wattage rises, so does the distance between the plant’s canopy and the light source.

How close should LED Grow Lights be to Plants?

Different power ratings for indoor grow lights will work best at different distances. Which LED grow light is best for my space? G8LED 240W LED Grow Light is suitable for 2 to 4 mature plants. It can be used from 12 to 24 inches away from the canopy. G8LED 450W LED Grow Light is designed for 4-8 mature plants. It can be positioned between the canopy and the plant canopy at a distance of approximately 14-30 inches. These lights are also great for cloning and mother plants. Higher wattage lights, such as the G8LED 600W LED Grow Light or the 900W LED Grow Light, have a range of 16-36inches from the canopy’s top.

G8LED grow light bulbs do not produce as much heat as MH/HPS systems. G8LED lights make it easier to control the temperature in the grow area and the area immediately below them, which eliminates the possibility of plants being burned by the lights. Ambient room temperatures can reach 82 degrees, instead of the lower temperatures required to prevent plants from being burned by HPS bulbs. G8 lights are energy-efficient and emit less heat so there will be less water loss from the soil and leaves. You should adjust your watering schedule to allow for less frequent watering. When LEDs are used, water when the soil is dry to the top.

Are LED Grow Lights Good for Your Eyes?

The LED grow light is extremely bright so don’t look directly at it. When working with bright lights, such as LED grow lights, eye protection is recommended. Another option is to work around plants even when the lights are turned off.

With LED Grow Lights, Vegetative Growth

G8LED grow lights are most effective during vegetative growth. The LED lights will reduce electricity consumption and help plants develop a deep-green color. The infrared diodes (IR) play a vital role in vegetative growth and the development of cells.

You can maintain vegetative growth with 16-18 hours of sunlight per day. Even if the plants are not receiving enough light, they can still grow. The recommended light cycle for vegetative growth is 18 hours. This light cycle will mimic the summertime photoperiod with long days. Cloning, transplanting and pruning are all done during vegetative growth.

The plants will begin flowering after four to eight weeks’ vegetative growth. The first sign that the plant is ready for the next stage of its growth are pre-flowers. Pre-flowers are found at the branch internodes behind the leaf spur. Pre-flowers indicate that plants are ready for the flowering stage. To grow larger plants, you can continue to grow in the vegetative phase. Or, switch to flowering. Pre-flowers look like regular female flowers with white fuzzy pistils. Pre-flowering can take anywhere from one to two week. Once you are ready to flower, increase the amount of light in your home to 12 hours per day. Add Flower Boosters.

Growing flowers with LED Grow Lights

Indoor grow lights can be used to mimic the seasons’ photoperiod by the length of their on-time periods. The light cycle for flowering will decrease from 18 to 12 hours per days. The correct density will allow for increased light in the far-red and red spectra of visible light. This will improve flowering size and yield. For more robust flowering, add G8LED Flower Boosters to this stage.

Flowering can take up to eight weeks. The growth patterns of the plants and chemical changes that occur during flowering are evident. Stems become longer, the leaves get fewer blades and flower formation becomes faster. To promote flower formation, potassium and phosphate uptake increases. When flowering, plants should receive less nitrogen and more potassium as well as phosphorous. You should not feed your plants too often, as this could cause them to become nutrient-burned. LED flowering lights use 30% less nutrients than MH/HPS system. Don’t overwater your plants or harvest too soon.

How to Clone LED Grow Lights

Cloning or cutting a mother plant from its clones is a great way to grow plants and ensure that they continue to grow. Clone any plant, no matter its age or stage of growth. Cloning is possible only with female mother plants that are in the vegetative growth stage. Clones that are cloned from a mother plant in the vegetative stage will take several weeks to return to vegetative growth. The proper use of LED grow lights can increase the number of plants that you have in an efficient and sustainable manner. Mother plants must be at least 2 months old. They should receive 18 hours of sunlight per day. Clones can grow with any G8LED vegetable/flower grow light for 18 hours each day. Clones can be grown with the G8-240 Watt or G8-450W lights. These lights can be used to grow clones as close as 12-18 inches away from the plants.