Reader Chris wrote in several weeks ago, asking about LED Grow Lights.
Have you revisited LED Grow Lights lately? I want to start some transplants earlier than usual this year, and my normal method of raising transplants won’t work. I need to invest in some grow lights and I really don’t want to buy fluorescent tubes if there is a LED alternative available that doesn’t cost a fortune.
I wasted hours on the internet yesterday trying to find reliable information/recommendations, and came up with nothing. If you or anyone else out there has information, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
Nick (Homebrew Husband) here. Erica knows I have a geeky appreciation for all things lighting, so she kicked this question over to me.
Like you, I’d much rather buy LEDs than florescent fixtures, but I also agree that at a certain point it has to make financial sense. LEDs are really starting to make sense for standard house lights, but what about grow lights?
When we upgraded our florescent grow lights last spring from old T12s to much-higher-efficiency T5s, I did some pretty extensive research and came to the conclusion that LEDs didn’t make sense for the home gardener unless you were growing a certain highly valuable cash crop entirely indoors.
Yeah, you know the crop I’m talking about.