LED plant lights are economical and easy to use for starting seeds, propagating plants and overwintering plants.
An LED (light emitting diode) is a tiny conductor chip that is electrified to produce light. LED plant lights produce red and blue lights, which plants need for photosynthesis.
LED plant lights can be used for traditional and hydroponic grow systems. They are lightweight and easy to install. In addition, they do not need ballasts or external reflectors.
LED plant lights are more energy efficient than other types of plant lights. They also last longer--as long as seven to 18 years. Because they only produce the spectrums of colors needed by plants, LED plant lights do not give off a white glare like other types of plant lights.
LED plant lights are warm to the touch but do not give off heat, so the soil does not dry out as fast and needs less water. In addition, venting or cooling equipment is not needed.
LED plant lights are low voltage so there is less risk of electrical shock. Since they do not get hot, there is less chance of fire. They are not made of glass and are harder to break than glass plant lights.
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About this Author
Melody Lee worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter and editor for 5 years. In addition, she has edited magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design and is a Florida master gardener. She has more than 25 years of gardening experience, which includes working at nurseries and greenhouses.