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LED Grow Lights & LED Accessories
LED grow light technology has advanced significantly and is now available as an alternative to HID (High Intensity Discharge) lighting. Similar to HIDs, LED lights have the ability to grow plants indoors without the need for any sunlight. LEDs offer many advantages when it comes to growing plants indoors. One of the biggest advantages to growing with LEDs as compared to growing with HID lighting is that LEDs consume a fraction of the electricity, as much as 70% less. Another advantage of LEDs is they are near zero heat signature. LED grow lights give off less than 10% of the heat that a high intensity discharge bulb such as high-pressure sodium (HPS) or metal halide (MH) bulbs do. Less energy consumption and less heat go hand in hand as the majority of the wasted electricity in HID systems is given off as heat. Heat is always a byproduct of HID lighting which must be combated by ventilation and air conditioning systems. After just a few minutes of use the HID bulb will become extremely hot and will burn the skin if touched. If the lighting or electricity is not set up correctly, fires or other problems can arise. Growing with LEDs eliminates this problem completely as even after being on for 24 hours, the LED grow light is only slightly warm and cool to the touch.