When it comes to LED grow lights, there’s usually a difference between the stated wattage and the actual power draw of the lights. This can be confusing as the power draw, or input power is always lower than the wattage used to name the lights. However, one thing for sure is that investing in the best LED grow lights will let you save more on power costs.
What’s the LED Specification?
When you install grow lights in your indoor space, part of the light specifications are the wattage and power draw of the light. The stated or nominal wattage is higher than the actual power draw also known as input power. When it comes to LED grow lights, most people find it puzzling as to why there are two different wattages. So how can a customer decipher which is which? For example, the Dorm Grow G8 LED, G8-600 is a 600-Watt light, but the power draw is 380 watts. The stated power of 600 watts is the summation of the 200 units of the 3-watt diode chips. This can be thought of as the total potential wattage of the light. Since each of these 3-watt chips is not ever operated at 100% capacity, to avoid thermal breakdown, the actual power draw for each chip is less. Depending on which color diodes it is, the chip will have a power draw or input power of 1.8 watts – 2.5 watts. Manufacturers design lights in this fashion to increase the lifespan of the diodes and provide a better grow light.
Some companies that do not actually publish the draw power values of their lights and this provide some misleading information. However, when you invest in G8LED grow lights, these come with full specifications and actual power draw results.
Different LED LED Chip Sizes
LED or Light Emitting Diode grow lights come in different wattages and chip sizes. The typical chip size ranges from 1 to 10 watts. The first ever LED chip was less than 1 Watt. Grow lights with such small chips were not very useful for indoor gardening. Over time, the 3-watt chip proved itself to be the most versatile and effective size for indoor growing of plants up to 2 meters in height. The 3-watt chip size is able to penetrate the plant canopy and provide a great deal of light intensity, without the instability and excess heat, and the need for large heat sinks associated with larger chips. As the size of the chip increases, so will the heat generation by the LED chip. When using these, growers have to ensure that they maintain a safe distance between the lights and the plants for efficient growth. Large chips like 5-10 Watt diodes will require the grow light to have more power drivers, and heat sink dimensions, resulting in heavier and bulkier lights, which are more expensive.
Turning to 3-Watt chips in the best LED grow lights is the best option for most indoor growing applications. These lights are suitable for plants that grow up to six feet tall and what makes them a good choice is that they provide optimum heat dissipation, penetration balance, and long lifespan.
G8LED also came out with a 1-Watt version of their lights called the 90-watt Red Flower Booster. This is a supplemental blooming light that is added alongside the main 3-watt chip lights. By utilizing the 1-watt chips in this light, G8LED was able to arrange a very dense network of the red diodes to complement their lights harmoniously.
G8LED Lights and Their Benefits
Using G8 LED grow lights brings several benefits to the grow room. They eliminate hoods, reflectors, ballasts as well as the need to invest in hefty HVAC systems. The lights lower power costs and make room temperature control easier to manage. If you maintain your G8 LED grow lights by keeping the air clear of dirt and dust and regulate the grow room temperature to avoid heat buildup, rest assured that they will last for many years to come and produce the best yields of top quality crops.