What’s the Deal with Full Spectrum LEDs?

Since the beginning of time, plants have grown under the sun. Obvious, right, but what this means is they’ve evolved to be perfectly receptive to the wavelengths of light the sun produces. For years, indoor farmers have been using lights either borrowed from industrial applications, like High-Pressure Sodium and T5 Fluorescent, or in more recent times switched over to whats known as “blurple” LED arrays, which use a combination of blue and red diodes. However, new advancements in LED technology have yielded something far better at producing the wavelengths of light that promote the best growth–full spectrum LED.

The advent of “blurple” LEDs in the indoor horticultural industry is based on a sound principle; blue wavelengths stimulate good vegetative and root growth in a plant, and red wavelengths stimulate greater fruiting or flowering. However, the diodes used are an older, outdated technology hailing from the birth of LEDs themselves. Thus, the newer LEDs are more efficient with less energy lost to heat.

Full-spectrum LED grow lights also have more carefully tuned wavelengths so there’s little production of the less useful colours of light. The Samsung LM301B is one of the most popular diodes in production these days, and companies like Atreum Lighting use them, in conjunction with the Cree 660nm diodes, to generate a beautiful full spectrum in a single lighting fixture. Earlier versions of this technology required the use of multiple lights, one during vegetative growth, and one during flowering, so there’s even an up-front cost savings as the grower only has to purchase a single fixture that emits all the light they could need.

Don’t miss out on the advantages Full Spectrum LEDs can bring to your indoor grow! These lights are more efficient and highly tuned for growth than ever before. If you’re interested in maximizing the yield of any plants you’re growing, now is the time to make the switch!