What are LED grow lights? Do indoor marijuana plants need them?
Cannabis questions are budding in Michigan ever since the passage of Proposition 1 this past Tuesday during the midterm election, the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. The biggest question maybe how to grow a cannabis plant in your own home.
To do that, you need a couple of basic things: seeds, water and light.
There are a couple of ways to distribute light when growing cannabis indoors, but LED seems to be among the up-and-coming for home growers.
Whatever kind of light you decide to use, whether its an LED, HID or fluorescent, is important: it is the main source of environmental energy that will affect the quality and quantity of your cannabis yield.
Light emitting diode (LED) is not a new type of technology: they last a long time, give a full-spectrum of light and create less heat.
Just know that indoor growing takes up a lot of energy, and it is likely that your electricity bill will skyrocket. LED lights, however, use less than half of the energy used by HID, high-intensity discharge, lights. You’ll also need air conditioning and a humidifier.
“With 1,000 watts each usually you keep the lights 12 hours on, 12 hours off,” said Anqunette Sarfoh, co-founder of Detroit-based cannabis business BotaniQ. “It can get expensive.”