Indoor gardening has been around for decades, yet most gardeners still struggle with the shortcomings of old HPS technology. HPS stands for high-density sodium. It was among the first types of indoor lights to be used for indoor gardening when they were first introduced into households in the 1960s.
But HPS lights were not without their limitations:
- High energy consumption and waste.
- High heat output.
- Smaller useable light spectrum.
LED Bulbs Consume Less Energy and Waste Virtually None
HPS lights produce extra light waves that are outside the photosynthetic spectrum and therefore useless to growing plants. This translates to greater use of electricity that is of no benefit to your garden. The LED bulbs we sell at LED Grow Labs emit the light spectrum that growing plants need to thrive and produce.
LED Bulbs Run Cooler
HPS bulbs give off more heat than LED bulbs. For indoor gardens created in small spaces, this can become a serious problem.
Some plants are extremely heat sensitive and must have optimal temperatures to thrive. If conditions are too hot, it can cause stunted plant growth, or “burnt” plants that fail to thrive or produce crops.
Using HPS lights typically means investing in a means to cool your indoor gardening room. This is an added cost on top of the higher energy cost from running an HPS grow light system.
LEDs, on the other hand, produce cooler temperatures, helping you keep your plants healthy. And they generally do not require additional equipment to control temperatures in the grow room. An existing air conditioning system may be sufficient.
LEDs Provide the Ideal Growing Light Spectrum
HPS lights often promote certain stages of a plant’s life. Manufacturers promote HPS bulbs that emit a stronger red spectrum as being good for the flowering stage, while ones that emit more blue spectrum are better for overall plant growth. In many HPS setups, you either have to favor one over the other, or get creative in switching your lamps for the right cycles.
LED lights emit balanced levels of both red and blue spectrums, providing optimal growth and flowering of plants. This means no more switching your grow light systems based on the plant’s stage.
Make the Switch to LED Grow Lights Today
LED lights have an overall longer lifespan in terms of system replacement and bulb life. Your standard HPS bulb lasts around 10,000 hours, while an LED bulb can last five to ten times that.
There’s an LED light system for every type of indoor garden, and LED Grow Lights carries the top brands at competitive prices. Shop our inventory and see how LED lights can benefit your indoor garden today.