How to Choose LED Grow Lights
What type of LED is best for growing cannabis plants?
The original LED grow lights are often known as “blurples” because they focused on providing plants exactly what we thought they needed, since photosynthesis peaks in the red and blue wavelengths of light. Because they offered such a specific set of wavelengths, these types of lights are also called targeted or narrowband lights.
Since then, we have come to understand that plants benefit from a broader spectrum of color. While high-quality and properly balanced narrowband light can still get the job done, a full- or broad-spectrum of light will produce healthier plants overall.
The main advantages for LED grow lights include:
Energy efficiency and the least costly in the long term
Cooler operating temps, which means less supplemental ventilation and cooling
Built-in cooling options like heatsinks and fans
Fewer setup adjustments needed as plants grow
Long lifespan due to durability
Less maintenance needed
A light spectrum that is tailored specifically to meet plant needs
High level of customization available