LED grow lighting has fast become a staple in the commercial greenhouse, indoor farming, and CEA grow op industries - replacing the standard grow light sources with improved lighting through LEDs. Growers that have installed LEDs have seen results that show increased yields and decreases production costs in relation to utilities. LED stands for Light-Emitting Diode, which is a fancy way of saying a light that operates from a 2-lead semiconductor light source.
LED is set to be one of the most promising types of supplemental lighting for use in horticultural settings due to their ability to boost photosynthetic processes in plants even during winter months when the natural light reduces in intensity. This lighting source can be used as a supplemental source of light for plants or as the only source of light. Many operations have switched entirely to LED grow lighting with the ability to grow in every space type regardless of if there are sources of natural light or not.
Top Ten List of Common LED Grow Lighting System Mistakes
With the frenzy of LED installs and use with growers from every walk of life and operation type touting the benefits of LED lighting on their crops, when an operation finds they aren’t following this trend of increased yields and productivity, doubts begin to surface on the validity of the claims. If, after the installation of a commercial LED lighting system is complete and plants are not thriving over the growing season, the operator may be falling victim to one or more of the most common LED setup mistakes. Understanding the mistakes beforehand and mitigating these issues will help in ensuring the grow operation runs at maximum efficiency.