To maximize the efficiency in an indoor grows room, it may be tempting to hang the new LED grow lights as close as possible to the plants. However, if you hang them too close, it may spell disaster, especially when using a grow tent. In general, dropping the level of your grow lights too low is not actually advisable. You should keep in mind that heat is not the concern in this case, but the light intensity is. LED grow lights above 200 watts are already are very intense grow lights. Although they do not emit excess heat, which can burn plants, the intensity of the light can stunt the growth of the plants if the light is too close to them.
The plants need to reach towards their energy source. If they have too much light, they are not motivated to grow tall and can become stunted and unhealthy. Mind the recommended coverage and light distance by the manufacturer, to avoid putting an excessive amount of light or hanging your lights too close to your plants.
Use the Light as the Heat Source:
The laws of physics tell us that energy is neither created nor destroyed, it can only change from one form to another. An important consideration is to use a grow tent with a reflective film that covers the walls. The light will not leave the room and very little absorbs into the reflective walls. That means that the energy remains in the room with just a small amount of waste. The LED light is also a good source of heat for the plants. The LEDs do not give off excess heat to burn plants but do give off enough to help them.
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To help control the environment, the lights should be placed at a proper distance from the top of the plants. If the lights are too close, the light intensity will not allow the plants to grow tall. Placing the lights with some distance will multiply the different focal points of light provided and reflected from the walls.
One of the prominent signs that the light is too close to the plants is the yellowing of leaves. This is often a sign that you should keep the lights at an elevated level. It simply means that the yellowed leaves have exposure to tougher intensities of light and the environment is not suitable for the plants.
Before Installing Supplemental Lighting
Before you decide to install the Dorm Grow LED grow lights, you need to consider two different things, the room temperature, as well as the intensity of the light inside the grow tent. Set up a ventilation system to remove heat from the tent and bring in a fresh air supply. In these conditions, the plants will grow strong and tall. Be sure to give the right amount of water and nutrients to satisfy the demand of the plant. The optimal environment will also help to prevent the growth of different parasitic organisms and pests like spider mites and mildew.
Light intensity is the next item to consider. Keep enough of a distance between the plants and the light source so that the plants can reach towards the light. In terms of induction lighting and T5 fluorescents, the light often travels along a horizontal distance. Low lights have greater risks of damaging the plant, especially with HID lighting. Although lights may not get hot immediately, intensities and temperatures build up over time, so keep an eye on the light accordingly.
LED lighting is different in that it produces less heat, creating only a specific spectrum of heat. Lighting the grow room with the best LED grow lights will ensure that there’s a uniform type of lighting across the entire room and all the plants will be able to thrive in this environment.