Most of us who are familiar with indoor growing will know the feeling of dread when it comes time to rig up the final part of our grow set up. Our big, bulky HPS lights.
First we need to secure the Yoyo’s and make sure that we’ve rigged up our carbon filter at the right height. Then we need to fix our shade and make sure that it’s pointing in the right direction and not touching any part of the tent. Then there’s your Ducting, Your Bulb, a MASSIVE Ballast, and high amperage wall timer.
Overheating inside your tent is a constant problem. During the summer months it’s possible that the heat from a large HPS bulb could kill your plants if you don’t have access to Air conditioning.
Then you need to make sure that the power circuit can handle the increased power draw without overloading your fuse board.
What a Headache!
After setting up and pulling down a few times, most growers would be happy to find out that there is a better solution.
LED Grow lights.
For the last 4 years LED grow light technology has improved significantly each year.
We have seen a progression from the ‘burple’ LED module including on board fans:
COB / CREE module style (High heat output) Lens Focused LED’s
And Now Quantum Board LED’s
Quantum Board LED’s combine all of the positive aspects of the old HPS fittings with none of the disadvantages.
Heat output is significantly reduced thanks to modern LED light drivers and heat dissipation through the included reflector.
The light looks yellow/white, so you don’t have a crazy coloured glow coming out of your grow room every time you open your tent.
There is also less of a worry about an ‘irregular’ power bill, since Quantum board LED’s use around half of the power of an HPS bulb.
You won’t need to change the bulb between seasons since Mars Hydro Quantum Board LED’s simulate sunlight, which has both Red and Blue Spectrum (and Also Infra Red).
Since you’re using LED technology, you’ll also get a longer running time out of your LED light. Through reasonable use, you’ll still be getting 80% efficiency after 4 years.
For the first time, New Zealanders now have access to world class LED lighting technology.
In the end it was a no brainer. I’ve been using LED lights for 4 years now and have never looked back to HPS.