LED’s have come a long way, so is your’s the best for your plants?gs-admin
Article retrieved from Growace.com 2017
LED grow lights are hands down some of the best lights for indoor growing. They don’t put out much (if any) heat, their spectrums are very intense, and they will save you money on energy cost. But while that’s true for the vast majority of LED’s out there, not all types of LED grow lights are best for all plants. As we see it, there are three types of LED grow lights: Dual Inline Package (DIP), Modular, and Chip on Board (COB). Are you sure your plants are under the right LED? If you’re not sure what you have, or if you’re not sure if your light’s best for your plants, here’s what we have to say on the matter…
Dual Inline Package (DIP)
DIP’s are the oldest, most simple type of LED light there is. These lights have a wire (or wires) strung in a pattern that shine down on to your plants. We recommend DIP LED lights for plants in need of lo
w power lights. We’re talking about seedlings, clones, herbs, chili’s: plants than need around less than 100w’s of power to survive.
Modular LED’s are LED lights that have individual diodes or diode clusters that run off of a ballast somewhere inside the light. We recommend them for fruiting plants and dwarf trees. Depending on the wattage of diodes you get- and these are pretty much the only type of LED’s you can choose the wattage of each diode- you may need to hang your lights further away from your plants than with other LED’s.
Chip on Board (COB)
COB LED’s have a cluster of chips that run directly off of a circuit board, instead of off wires, chipcoards, and ballasts like DIP’s and modular’s do. Fruiting plants and trees will do well under these lights, but spices, chili’s, herbs, clones, and seedlings may want to avoid direct coverage under these lights.