LED Lights: Efficient Indoor Growing

LED Grow Lights

LED grow lights are a good choice if you are interested in growing indoors without a lot of hassle. Traditional grow lights generate a lot of heat and use large amounts of electricity, which raises your monthly electric bill by noticeable amounts. These LED grow lights stay cool, and use only a minuscule amount of energy.


Each “SolarOasis Ruby Grow Light” uses less than 2 watts of power. They are designed and optimized for plant growth, not human vision. They produce only red and blue light which the plants can use. See more details on this page. The LED lighting strip seen here is available from LEDTronics for $159.95.

There are also some more powerful and expensive LEDs available at LEDGrowLights.COM and on their eBay Store.

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  1. says

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    absorbed by plants and used for photosynthesis.

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  2. says

    I have thought about picking some LED’s up, but they are still prohibitively expensive. The new t-5’s will cover more area with less heat. NASA thinks they have potential, so I am still excited about improvements in the field of LED’s.

  3. paolo says

    Don’t waste your money, folks. The 5mm LEDs used in the above products are insufficient for growing. At around 30% efficiency they are actually far less efficient than CFLs.

    You will need to use high output LEDs in order to achieve the necessary efficiency (70-80%), and targeted spectrum growing becomes viable.

    have a look at www dot greenpinelane dot com and see real LED grow lights being tested by someone who is not trying to sell you anything. No commercial interest, just interest.

  4. coal_burner says

    These just don’t make sense in most environments. If the daylight hours in your area are too short to successfully grow plants indoors near windows, then the outdoor temperature is probably too cold to grow those same plants. The fact that a fluorescent grow light puts out some heat is actually a good thing, because it is creating that heat and light combination with 100% efficiency. This is one of the things that keeps my only 90% efficient furnace from turning on in the winter time.

  5. says

    This is very interesting to say the least. Just think that at some point not very long ago people thought that growing indoors was not possible and now we have these super efficient sources working. I’d can’t wait to see how far this technology goes.

  6. says

    They say that LED lights are really the best form of lighting that any grower can use for indoor growing. But if you do not have a huge hydroponics budget to cover for the equipment expenses, I think it would be more appropriate to use the other ones to save some cost while still being able to grow valuable crops.

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