Types of LED Grow Lights which are Available in the Market
LED grow lights come in various types, shapes, sizes and models. If you are planning to purchase your own LED light, then you should know which type to choose depending on your budget and preferences. Here are the types of LED grow lights according to their price classification:
Cheap (Poor spectrum and low build quality)
This would include UFO type LED grow lights which are available from various online sources as well as eBay. You can even come across seller who would quote all types of huge watts or full spectrum LED grow lights, but when you notice big red and blue LEDs in cheap looking plastic cases, then you should know it’s the bottom end of the market. It won’t provide you with the best LED grow lights, and will even affect your yield in a negative way. You should better avoid these products and go for an HPS system and deal with the issues of electricity costs and heat instead.
Mid-range (Fans, bands of spectrum and good quality)
LED grow lights in this classification actually look and perform better with a better casing and higher quality LEDs which might even include popular brands such as Bridgelux and Epistar. However, they are not full spectrum LED grow lights and instead will come in models of 6, 8, 11 or 12 bands. These bands are capable of providing coverage of the whole PAR spectrum but will most likely miss several spots here and there. Under such lighting conditions, your plants will not be able to reach to their full potential. However, they are somehow able to provide good quality results and are available in a price range which you can afford. Also, the addition of fans allow for an even cooler operation.
High end (Full spectrum, fan-less, best quality)
LED grow lights which fall under the high end classification are capable of providing total coverage of approximately 420 to 750 nanometers. They often come with expensive white LEDs and use brands like Epistar, Cree or Bridgelux for their LEDs. They also conduct a fan-less operation, all thanks to thermal engineering. Basically, LED grow lights which have high wattage and are fan-less are designed properly in order for them to easily dissipate the amount of heat which is produced by LEDs through the use of rapid heat sink materials. Also, they come with self-protecting power supplies, UV protected and angled TIR lenses, as well as at least 2 years of warranty. While they are available in higher prices, they can certainly provide you with the best results.