One of the most common industry questions is ‘should i use LED or HPS in my set up’. There have been many misconceptions as to which option is the better choice. You will find advocates on both sides of the line spectrum saying one is better than the other, hence the confusion.
If you want to know the difference between the two or wondering what one is right for you, read on.
HPS GROW LIGHTING
HPS (High-Pressure sodium lights) can produce a huge amount of light. Many growers stick by HPS because of this as the light your plant receives in flowering has been known to increase yield. The high-intensity lights can make a great environment for flowering. HPS are also cheaper to set up than LED’s. However, the bulbs high intensity can produce a lot of heat which can make setting optimal temperatures challenging in warmer seasons. HPS producing heat is a double-edged sword, as the heat produced from the bulbs can be helpful in the winter to keep your plants warm. HPS also consumes more energy than LED’s which can drive up your costs if you have many lights running.
A prime example of HPS lighting is our SUPER LUMEN 600W HPS Kit, containing everything you need for your lighting set-up. The kit comes with a high-quality ballast that’s far more efficient than other ballasts on the market. The ballast provides 4 dimming ranges 250W, 400W, 600W & SUPER LUMEN +10%. It doesn’t have a fan, preventing any dust or moisture from entering the housing. The kit also comes with a 600w reflector and our own SUPER LUMEN 600W HPS Bulb. The bulb’s PCA ceramic arc tube allows the lamp to operate at higher temperatures increasing colour rendering, output and efficiency. Nanolux Pulse start technology enables faster startups & restrike times and a longer lamp life.
LED GROW LIGHTING
In recent years, LED’s, short for ‘light-emitting diodes’ have grown more popular in the lighting industry. The development in technology through the years has changed the game. In the past, HPS lights were the only option you had, but now you will find some of the largest commercial farmers using LED’s to grow their crops.
LED grow lighting is more efficient than HPS. They can produce the same quality result as HPS lights with significantly less energy, making it an environmentally friendly option. Using an LED will cut down costs in the long term. Our SUPER LUMEN 600W BEAM LED is a prime example of what an LED can do.
The SUPER LUMEN 600W LED is made from only the highest-grade materials and can be used for your entire growth cycle. The design of the LED allows for the fixture to be folded down enabling for easier transportation and fitting. With our SUPER LUMEN LED, you can fully control your temperature & dimming with a digital control on the side of the fixture. It has a dimming range of 100W, 200W, 300W, 400W, 500W & 600W. The LED provides over-voltage, open/short circuit protection making it safe for the user. It also has a LED bar protection function meaning if one bar fails, the other light bars and the power supply will not be affected.
Check out the video below to find out how LED’s are made;
- Smart LED protection function
- Energy saving
- Foldable for easy handling transportation
- IP65 (Waterproof, moistureproof, dustproof)
- High Luminous efficiency
- Random & soft start options
- Open/short circuit protection
- Over-temperature & over-voltage protection
- Lightweight & compact design
- 100V-277V Wide Voltage Design
The drawback to LED lighting is that there is a higher upfront cost, making it harder for some smaller-scale growers to get hold of. Unlike HPS Bulbs, most LED’s produce a lot less heat in colder climates which may be challenging in the winter if you have no other source of heat for your plants.
Which one is better for you?
Whichever choice you make, you will be good in both hands. There are pros and cons of each type, that come into effect depending on your growing requirements. At TGW Distribution Ltd, we stock both HPS & LED for you to choose from. If you require any more specific information about our LED or HPS lighting products, please get in touch with your local rep OR download our product catalogue below;