FAQs and other important information
Most LED grow lights in the market are made at a couple of factories in China and look identical. There are imported and marketed by various US or Canadian based retailers and e-tailers under various brands under much fanfare often on eBay. They typically employ low power, low quality 1 to 2 Watt LED emitters, often packaged in China. Most of them do not deliver enough PAR light for flowering. We feature 100% three watt LEDs from leading LED brands name suppliers from the U.S. and Taiwan. All of our lights deliver high levels of PAR light in the highest absorption parts of the spectrum to yield high quality crop.
In most setups our lights should require no additional cooling. In rare occasions, depending on room configuration and number of units running in a confined space, some venting may be needed to keep the grow room temperature within acceptable range.
We use only premium LEDs. The rated life on all of our LEDs is over 50,000 hours (more like 80,000 hours.) This equals from 12 to 15 years of normal grow cycles.
When looking for a grow light solution, you need to take a look at the full cost picture: Price of the light, price of the system and cost of electricity over time. LED grow lights are more expensive than traditional lights when first purchased. However, when you include the full cost of an HID system including cooling, ducting, wiring, installation etc…the cost can be about the same. The big savings come when you factor in energy cost: By reducing energy usage by 50% or more, LEDs deliver major dividend, often within the first year. Additionally, LEDs never require bulb changes and are rated to run for over 50,000 hours. This represents a 12 to 15 year life span in most growing situations. Traditional light bulbs are only rated at 10,000 hours and most growers change these every six months to a year. Over a 12 year period this represents a bulb cost of over $ 2400.00 for each 1000 watt HPS bulb! When considering the energy savings and bulb replacement costs, LEDs are much less expensive than traditional grow lights.
Indoor horticulture adopted HPS and MH (HID) type lights a long time ago because they were the only systems that delivered a high enough level of PAR light. Even though HID lights were developed for outdoor street lighting applications, they delivered good results when used for indoor growing. However, HID lights suffer from a few drawbacks. First they are not the most efficient at delivering PAR light and thus lose most of their energy as heat rather than useful light for plants. This results in huge energy bills as well as the need for supplemental cooling of the lights with fans and ducting. Florescent lights do a good job for vegetative growth but are not powerful enough for flowering. These traditional types of grow lights cannot be designed to deliver the specific light wavelengths that plants absorb the most. LEDs are much more efficient and create much less heat to generate high intensity light for indoor growing and therefore do not require supplemental cooling. Also, LED technology makes it possible to select only the light frequencies most absorbed by the plants further reducing energy waste and improving growing results.
The simple answer is YES, if you have a high enough light intensity. The key to a healthy bloom and good yield is having the right level of PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) light for the type of plant you are growing. The standard way to measure PAR light is in micro-moles per square meter per second (µmoles/m2/s.) On a sunny day at noon in Missouri, the sun delivers around 2,000 µmoles/m2/s. Different plants require different levels of light for healthy flowering. For example, lettuce and potatoes can grow under only a few hundred µmoles/m2/s. Red peppers require higher levels and tomatoes need light levels 1,000 µmoles/m2/s or higher. Too much light does not necessarily help: Plants only absorb a certain maximum level of light and the rest is reflected back. This maximum level is called the “light saturation point” and it varies from plant to plant. In order to achieve good flowering, the leaves of your plants need to receive PAR light levels that approach their light saturation point.
Well designed LEDs lights concentrate their emitted light in the deep blue and deep red part of the light spectrum where absorption by plants is highest. Thus, LEDs allow you to achieve good bloom with a lower PAR light value compared to HID lights. If the LEDs are delivering light in the right parts of the spectrum (deep blue 430-460nm and deep red 650-670nm) where absorption is at its maximum, the PAR value required for bloom can be 40-50% below that of HID type lights.
Many Chinese made LED grow lights use low power one or two watt LEDs with common colors used for traffic lights etc.. not well suited for horticulture. Companies importing and marketing these lights make all kinds of claims about results and show pictures of various types of plants growing as proof. Just because you can grow lettuce under UFO type lights does not mean you will get tomatoes to bloom.
We use the latest 3 watt LEDs which are the most efficient single die LEDs on the market. The light is concentrated in the right parts of the light spectrum deep blue (430-460nm) and deep red (650-670nm) where absorption is highest and deliver PAR light levels that are at or above the light saturation point of the most demanding plants. This produces excellent results in flowering when the light is positioned 18″ to 24″ from the plant canopy.
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Copperhead LED is a company focused on research, design, development and manufacturing of advanced, energy efficient green house lighting and automation equipment. Our vision is to apply the latest advances in high efficiency lighting and controls technology as well as effective manufacturing techniques to deliver highly differentiated products with clear benefits at competitive prices to the greenhouse and indoor horticulture markets.