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Ive been growing with leds for a year now and wanted to know if anyone else uses them.
I have unreal growth from these lights. I am currently growing tomatoes and wheatgrass with some jalapenos and 2 different kinds of lettuce. low wattage and no heat is so great.
Does anyone in here use leds????
These are the best lights out there. When I first started looking at these lights there were so many factors...
Sunshine delivers beautiful led grow lights...that work...really well.
They offer a great warranty...
Customer service is outstanding...when I first called and asked questions...the owner couldnt have been more helpful.
They have 5 different lights...from 14 watt up to 300 watt.
Contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for posting this--I've been looking at more energy efficient grow lights for starting vegetable seedlings indoors rather than the old school shop lights. I really don't think $159 is too bad at all--I think you'd save that much money in energy costs alone. Might actually be able to hydro-grow tomatoes down here in July + Aug inside where the temp's are better.
(whose just found herself a Christmas gift)
I just got my Sunshine System 45 watt light today! It's a starter, having read this thread.
Indy, the cost of energy is likely to continue to rise, possibly drastically. Even if we attain some systems of alternative energy, conservation will be key. It may not be critical this year or even next, but these are great systems for the future.
I am thrilled to see the progress with LED lighting. I hope to be able to start all my garden plants this year. In Zone 4 the cost of heating a greenhouse is prohibitive. It seems much more effective to grow plants indoors in space that you are already heating, by using supplemental artificial light.
Hey!! If anyone needs any info just email me. I love leds and answering questions! i re-arranged my entire indoor garden.
My lettuce is a week away from my salad bowl. We tried some last night and it was perfect...and so sweet!!
Im planting basil this week and some rosemary and eggplant.
I just planted an avocado seed and looking forward to watching this progress...ive never grown an avocado...:)
Starting the first of the year...
more tomatoes( the tom plant I have now has over 45 bud site for new tomatoes!)
im actually going to start some corn too...
Everything im growing has never seen daylight...just the leds!!
For a Christmas present that keeps on giving...LEDS!!! :) email@example.com
Have a safe and Happy Holidays everyone!!!
Before you buy any "Grow Light" check the output yourself. You will quickly see that LEDs are worthless for growing any plant that requires moderate or strong light. Notice that "Brad" at igrowwithleds.com posts photos branded with "Sunshine Systems." Sunshine Systems is notorious for posting on websites using fake names. Go to Sunshine Systems website and note their claims about the output of their lights. Then check the output of their lights yourself.
I'd have to disagree with some parts of your post,
I have had good success using blue and red LEDs rather than my previous full spectrum flourescent lights. I bought my bulbs from http://www.growwithleds.com (not an endorsement or recommendation, simply where I got mine.) I bought two of the R220 red bulbs and two combination red and blue bulbs. (52 watts altogether) I use two cheap, three tier lamps and put one on each side of my plants. The growth and new growth has been much better. Initially more expensive but great and much less on the electric bill in the long run and I can focus the beam of light better. My plants are tropical (Synsepalum Dulcificum and Nepenthes) and are growing well indoor here in Ohio with L.E.D.s Winter here in this part of Ohio is not known for bright sunny days.
Well Santa did not bring me any LED's this year
LED's may be great but it would take me years to brake even on electric.
And what if a drop one ? ?
I use daylight fluorescent lights, (not the exp full spectrum fluorescent) in some fixtures I bought at an auction.
Now I'm talking about my Green House. The LED's would be nice inside the home for house plants.
Yep, it's true that it'll take awhile to reap the benefits of energy savings. I run the lights about 12 hours a day and the life expectancy is between 10-12 years. I have dropped them a couple of times, albeit, on to a carpeted floor with no damage I have LED flashlights that the have taken a lot of rough use without failing. The new flourescent bulbs make them much easier to use than the old tubes, don't like the mercury in them, but if they don't break there's not a problem. The low wattage makes the new flourescent bulbs more attractive too.
I also live in the gloomy Cleveland area, and am interested in upgrading my fluorescent light cart growing. I mostly grow tropicals and do a lot of cuttings and plants from seed. I've looked at the HID and high output fluorescent. Now I am wondering how the LEDs compare to HID or high output fluorescent? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. HAPPY 2009
There is something they advertise on TV that you can grow plants in indoors. It has some kind of light in it's top and you water underneath. I can't tell much from the commercial. Some of you may know what it is. What kind of light is it. Is it a hydroponic unit?
Sounds like it may be the Aero Garden which uses a fluorescent bulb. Neat concept but after paying for the unit and the specific seed pods, it makes for very expensive herbs or cherry tomatoes.
Limbiclady- I don't know if LEDS would work better for your set up. The output depends on the quality of the bulbs and good bulbs are not cheap. I grow about 5 plants under mine and went the LED route because it was easier for me to use instead of hanging a fluorescent unit. If you are doing alot of cuttings, I suspect the flourescent route may be better from an initial cost standpoint without sacrificing light for the plants.
I am hoping like everything else the price of LEDs will eventually drop
Lots of people I have been speaking to have also been having great success with led, I know prices can vary but the amount of growing pottential they give out when weighed upaginst means they should definitely be considered:
The results are greater with led grow lights from Ledsgrowinggreen.com plus free shipping on kits and sets.
There are about ten different grades of led put into led grow lights. We will be will to answer your questions on leds.
One of the question to ask before buying Leds is to know what the amount of micro mols are for your distance of growing. http://www.ledsgrowinggreen.com/
I have never used LEDs to grow anything but I have been intrigued for some time. I have read other gardeners say how they are simply not powerfull enough to grow large plants- tomatoes, for ex., on their own and that the technology is not there yet. Well, maybe not reasonably priced I should say but even then I do not know for sure. That said, I went ahead and rolled the dice and ordered two LED light units from Amazon. I intend to start seeds indoors, and grow herbs and lettuce, perhaps. I will post my progress, or lack thereof for all to see!
* from LED Wholesalers- 2501MX Blue/ Red 225 LED 13.8 watt 1' square light- $35.52
* from Sunshine Systems- LED GP14 Growpanel 14 watt 1' square light- $43.87. I believe this is also Blue/ Red light.
You're right Gloria, the reviews are not so good. My interest was so piqued that I just *had* to find out for myself though, lol. My lights should have been delivered by now so hopefully they will be waiting for me when I get home tonight. I hope all the lights are in working order :)