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Grow Lights For Marijuana, Part 2: Yield vs. Quality

Grow Lights For Marijuana, Part 2: Yield vs. Quality

Part one of this post discussed the quality, duration and intensity of grow lights for marijuana. The second part puts those factors within the context of your preferences. Are you thinking of growing commercially? Are you interested in large yields? Or, are you looking to cultivate some sticky, potent, high quality weed for your own use? Or perhaps you want the best of both worlds?

Grow Lights For Marijuana, Part 2 Yield vs. Quality
Grow Lights For Marijuana, Part 2 Yield vs. Quality

Grow Lights for High Yields

HID Grow Bulb
HID Grow Bulb

HID systems are still the most commonly used lighting systems for both commercial grows and home grows. The start-up costs are fairly inexpensive and most growers report higher marijuana yields per watt with HID than with other systems.

Since HID lights cover more area than other systems, your plants will grow taller and lusher than they would with less intense lights. However, HID systems require a ballast and venting systems since they emit more heat than other lighting options. Increased heat and high intensity lights can have a damaging effect on your weed’s smell and taste.

Grow Lights for Bud Quality

LED light panels
LED light panels

Most growers who use LED light panels do so not only for the energy savings but because resin production increases. During the bud phase their plants have more glitter and a better smell than weed grown under other light systems. The reason for this could be the quality of light and the focused beams.

One important thing to remember is that LED lighting is becoming more common and widespread due to lessening costs and better technology. This means that some cheaper LED lights are similar to incandescent lights and won’t do anything to help your weed achieve optimal levels of both growth and quality. Choose LED bulbs and panels that are specific to indoor growing. Not just any bulb will do.

Can’t I have Both?

Tandem lighting systems employ the best of LED with the best qualities of HPS systems. When LED lights are placed between rows of plants, while HPS systems light overhead then you are pretty much guaranteed 100% light coverage. LEDs focused beams, which are directed by external adjusters, hit tall plants’ lower foliage while the tops of plants continue growing upward toward the light. High growth, high quality and the best of both worlds.

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