Those who like growing weed know that there are two ways to do it. One way is to do it in naturally under the open skies and below the sun. However, in this method, you leave things to nature and are dependent upon natural factors upon which you have limited control. Hence, many growers prefer growing weed indoors – where they have greater control over light, heat, air, and water – the four basic factors required to grow their plants.
Light and heat both are provided via Grow Lights, and there are two types of grow lights in particular – LED Grow Lights and fluorescent grow lights. Fluorescent lights have been around for a long time and are somewhat older compared to LEDs. Let us take a closer look at these two types of grow lights and see which is better for growing weed. However, before we delve deeper into this, it is essential for you to understand why do you need grow lights in the first place!
Why Do You Need Grow Lights?
What are Fluorescent Grow Lights?
What are LED Grow Lights?
LED Grow Lights vs Fluorescent Grow Lights: What Are The Differences?
LED Grow Lights: Pros and Cons
Let us now take a closer look at the pros and cons – the benefits and disadvantages of LED grow lights in detail.
- One of the biggest benefits that you get out of using LED grow lights is the fact that they are highly energy efficient. They save a lot of energy and are beneficial to you as you end up with a lesser amount in electric bill, as well as good for the environment also!
- Another big advantage that you have when it comes to using LED grow lights is that they are long-lasting! They can live up to 50,000 hours of use – which if you consider an average use of 10 hours a day, is still 5,000 days! (13 years). This is one of the biggest reasons as to why people prefer LED lights.
- LED lights have a lower running temperature. This means that first off, you do not require an additional cooling mechanism to keep the temperatures down, and you require just minimal efforts to keep it cool. The heat produced by LED lights isn’t enough to damage the plants that you are growing but is enough for them to get all the energy that they require. You can even place these lights closer to the plants if you want them to get more heat for photosynthesis to happen properly.
- LED lights provide almost the same kind of lights that the natural sunlight provides in terms of wavelength composition. Basically, they are an almost perfect alternative to the natural sunlight and are a good and long-term solution for those who are looking forward to grow their weed indoors.
- One of the biggest problems that people usually have with LED lights is the fact that their initial cost is a little high. Considering that they are a newer technology compared to other forms of grow lights and that they involve a lot of electric components to be assembled together, the initial cost is high, especially when multiple units are bought together. However, over time, LED lights pay off for themselves by saving the electricity costs and other operative costs.
- LED chips need to be protected against heat. If you are using LED lights make sure the temperature in the room is kept at a soothing level which won’t damage the chips and will still be warm enough for the plants to make good use of the heat.
Fluorescent Grow Lights: Pros and Cons
- The biggest advantage of Fluorescent grow lights is the fact that they are actually cost-effective. While they do not have much to offer in terms of energy saving, the fact is that they are really cheap compared to LED lights and can be good for a short-term use. If you know that you’re not into growing for a really long term you might just want to use these lights.
- These lights produce more heat compared to the LED lights and you can hang them at a farther distance from the weed that you are growing. This also allows you to ensure that the light coverage is wider while the heat is optimum. This is one advantage of fluorescent lights.
- These fluorescent grow lights come in various shapes and sizes and offer a number of different variants that the buyers can purchase. There are also different kinds of special grow lights that you can purchase here based on the different growth stage of your plant.
- CFL lights aren’t so great for the flowering stage of your plant’s life cycle. This is because they do not have the appropriate intensity to mimic the kind of sunlight that the sun gives out during late-summer, which is great for the flowering stage. While T5 lights are great for this purpose, you need to ensure that they are hung at an appropriate distance from your weed plants because the heat can be quite a problem and might damage the plants.
- The short lifespan of these grow lights is another major problem that a number of growers tend to face. This is one of the biggest reasons why long-term growers actually prefer LED lights because they can last upto 5 times the fluorescent lights. (50,000 hours compared to 8,000 CFL hours).
- Last but not the least, Fluorescent lights have mercury in them which is a toxic metal. While they are safe to use, there is a problem when they break because mercury vapor is then released into the air which can cause a health risk for some users. Moreover, they are also hard to dispose off because of the mercury present in them.