Indoor Marijuana Cultivation: How to Set Up Grow Lights?
As the world witnessed the rise of the Cannabis Industry, more and more people are considering it as a way of their lives. Medical users and Recreational consumers are engaging in a deeper and greater perspective, especially in finding ways to make Cannabis Industry a sustainable and creative one.
People in the present times consider planting their strains by buying the magical seeds from different Seed Banks, Online or Local, and grow these on their own. What they are doing is a great and bright idea.
However, there is a growing concern from the users in terms of the fragile lighting set up that will affect the growth of these plants. Do they know how to set up the grow lights inside their homes? Do they consider some points that may affect the germination and growth of their seeds? Let us take a look at choosing the proper light and how to plant these seeds.
What to Choose?
As we brace more for a global increase in the electricity bills, a modern grower must consider buying the lights with the lowest electric consumption and does not easily break off considering that they must be opened most of the times. Some may have stuck to the incandescent bulbs but the younger generations chose LED lights as the source of their light for their Marijuana seedlings.
Knowing LED Lights
LED or Light-emitting Diodes are electric lights initially used for household and outdoor purposes. They have a longer lifespan compared with fluorescent lamps and produces brighter lights with lesser electrical consumption.
First appeared in the world of science in the 60s, LED lights became the subject of curiosity and innovation with the preceding decades. In the year 1994, the first models of white light LED came from Japan, and like wildfire, this invention conquered and changed the new world.
These lights dominated the Industrial companies, such as those in types of machinery and electronics. After the successful results, the lights became experimental with the agricultural fields and as expected, it gained positive receptions and warm recommendations.
To this date, the LEDs rule in lighting the world, eliminating fluorescent lamps in the majority of all industries and companies existing in our time.
Points to Consider with your Lights
To make your indoor planting successful, you have to give an adequate lighting system for your baby plants. The artificial lights that you will give them may affect their growth in the long run- either good or bad.
- Your Cannabis Strain matters
Your LED Lights should match with that type of Cannabis Strain are you going to cultivate. Some strains grow in darker places or in regions where the sun does not shine for a long period. On the other hand, some strains prefer illuminated brightly like those wild sunflowers facing the sun every morning.
This means that as you choose your LED Lights, you should have done researches related to this concern. Your LED light should adapt with your plant and not your plant will adapt with your given light, or else, it will simply wither and die.
It will all boil down to what Cannabis strain you chose to plant, and before anything else, you should have done in-depth researches about your strain and the duration of its exposure to the light together with some pieces of advice from your friends.
2.Your Room for Growth
Apart from considering your strain, the size of your room matters. The amount of light that your plants will receive does not only rely upon the emitted volume of your LED lights but with the size of your room as well.
If the size of your room is smaller, then you need a lesser number of lights as the room may sufficiently be illuminated with few diodes. If bigger, then more lights are going to be needed just to meet the plants’ necessity for photoperiodism.
3. The Materials
Your LED lights must contain quality materials that can help with its performance for a long time. Moreover, these materials will affect the lighting performance, volume, and intensity, considering that there are strains which are too sensitive with the light they absorb with indoor planting.
4. Electric Consumption
Your LED lights must consume the least electric consumption while giving off the most suitable light content for your plants. These lights will work up to 12 hours a day, from your plant’s Day 1 onwards. Remember that the lower electric consumption translates to a lower electric bill.
There’s nothing wrong in choosing the lights with lower consumption rate, considering that you are going to use this product for months, even for years. With that, your household electricity bill will spike up because of this, that’s why a grower should choose practicality-wise products.
5. Weaker heat is better
LED Lights that produce weaker heat volumes are better choices too, considering that your lights are placed near to your plants. If the LED lights heat quickly, chances are that they will burn and subject for regular replacement, and your plants- they may burn too and wither in return.
The lights that you will choose should illuminate weaker than a regular LED light used in industrial plants or photo studios.
Remember that you should treat your grow room as an incubator that seeks to carefully develop and nourish the babies you have inside this facility.
6. The Spectrum
Your plants are so sensitive, especially when they are younger. They may not simply react with the white light that you will give for them.
Some strains need blue lights due to the suitable wavelength that it gives for the photosynthesis of your strains.
Others require red light, while some prefer violet or yellowish-white. This strange phenomenon can be attributed with the origin of your strains, especially if the plant came from a place with four seasons and the areas where the winter prevails and the sun illuminates in a short period, just like in Norway and the other Arctic countries.
Again, it will depend on your strain, so choose its color wisely.
7. Durability and Flexibility
As your plants grow taller, they need to have their light move further from them, to keep up the sufficient room for their photosynthesis and ventilation throughout their vegetation and or flowering process.
The LED lights that are durable and flexible in switching positions, hard to break and safe to move, are good sources of lights for your strains.
The light’s flexibility shows how innovative its creators are, considering that there is nothing as constant as the change.
8. This time, the brand matters
You have to agree with me on this point because the companies that produce LED Lights for a long time have proved the world of their excellence in creating these products needed for agricultural or industrial fields.
The company’s reputation in making their quality products is one of the corporate assets that they can boast in the world, especially today that the competition in the market is more progressive, more dynamic and more colorful than what happened decades ago.
How the World Reacts
Because of this great innovation for the Indoor Cultivation, more and more people have switched from the traditional and somewhat hazardous incandescent bulbs to the more efficient and safer LED lights. It may have different intensities that affect the photoperiodism of your plants, but a wise grower must always choose the safest techniques to nourish his or her most precious plants.
Unlike the old bulbs, LED lights to have the power to change its colors, just like the Christmas lights flickering in the Winter Nights. They have the weaker light intensity which assures you of your plants’ safety even if you have placed the lights physically near with the tip of your seedlings.
However, one must be prepared in spending more with the LED lights because they cost more than the incandescent bulbs. With this great step of better technology, the Marijuana growers became more confident and felt safer with this setup for their strains.
Light is an important factor in every growth of the plants in this world, especially our Marijuana Plants. One cannot deny that the light- either from the sun or through electrical sources- boosts the growth of Marijuana plants over time. That’s why setting up the indoor lights for them is as crucial as providing them the nutrition through fertilizers and other sources of minerals for the soil.
Your light should always depend on the strain that you have chosen to cultivate. Their exposure to these lights will also depend on the natural daily cycle of your strains so that they can produce the highest and the maximum yields that translates to the finest THC volume that you can gain.
However, one must always remember that the setup must always have these allowances between the plant and the light itself, to prevent the harmful effects that may happen with your plants such as localized discoloration and burns.