January 16, 2023

LED vs HPS Grow Lights

Indoor cannabis cultivation is a challenging and complex process, and choosing the right lighting is one of the most crucial decisions that you will make as a grower. For decades, High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights have been the go-to choice for indoor cannabis growing, but today, Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights are becoming increasingly popular among growers, and for good reason. LED lights offer many benefits compared to HPS lights that make it a smart choice for your indoor cannabis garden.

At Cannavista, we understand the importance of providing our customers with the best products and equipment to help them achieve their growing goals. That's why we are proud to introduce our top-of-the-line Gavita LED Grow Light product line, which has been proven to be extremely efficient and cost-effective. In recent studies, researchers set up two 20-light cannabis grow rooms - one using 645W Gavita Pro 1700e LED Grow Lights and the other using standard 1000W DE HPS lights. The results were astounding. Not only did the Gavita LED lights produce a higher light output than the HPS lights, they also used 30% less power. This means that after the first year, the savings in operating costs would already make up for the higher upfront cost of the LED lights. And after 5 years, the savings add up to a whopping $25,000 - that's 30% of your total costs!

One of the most significant benefits of LED lights is their energy-efficiency. LED lights use significantly less power to produce the same or even higher output. This not only saves you money on your electricity bill, but it also reduces your carbon footprint. This can be especially important for those who are environmentally conscious and want to reduce their impact on the planet.

In addition to electricity savings, LED lights also produce significantly less heat than HPS lights. This means that you can save on cooling costs, especially in hotter climates. LED lights are passively cooled, which means that they have built-in cooling systems that keep them running at the optimal temperature. HPS lights, on the other hand, produce a lot of heat and require additional cooling systems. This can be especially important for those who have limited space or are operating in a confined area.

LED lights also have a longer lifespan compared to HPS lights. LED lights can last for 50,000 hours, which is about 10-years of use, while HPS lamps need to be changed after 8-12 months. This means that you will save money on replacement bulbs and labor costs over time, allowing you more capital for other important expenses. This is especially important for large facilities with thousands of lights, where the cost of replacement and labor can add up quickly.

Another benefit of LED lights is that they offer more flexibility in terms of color spectrum. HPS lights only emit light in the orange-red spectrum, which is fine for flowering and fruiting cannabis plants but not ideal for vegetative growth. LED lights, on the other hand, can be designed to emit light in specific spectrums, such as blue for vegetative growth, red for flowering and fruiting, and white for overall plant health. This allows you to customize the lighting to the specific needs of your plants, which can greatly improve the health, growth, and yield of your cannabis plants.

Lastly, many utility companies offer rebates for cultivators that use approved LED grow lights, as they promote energy-efficient practices. These rebates can range from 20-90% of the total cost of your LED grow lights purchase, but it's important to make sure that the lights are Design Lights Consortium (DLC) or ENERGY STAR certified and approved by your utility company before purchasing.

In conclusion, while HPS lights have been the traditional choice for indoor growing, LED lights offer many advantages in terms of energy efficiency, cost savings, lifespan, flexibility, and rebates. At Cannavista, we are committed to providing our customers with the best products and equipment to help them achieve their growing goals. And our Gavita LED Grow Light product line is no exception. With our LED lights, you can expect to see significant savings on your electricity bill, cooling costs, and bulb replacement costs, as well as an improvement in the health, growth, and yield of your plants. So don't wait any longer to make the switch and start seeing the savings for yourself. 

Shop Gavita LED Grow Lights today.


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