HPS vs. LEDs
HPS vs LED Grow Lights: Which is Better?
All the fellow growers around here have asked this question at some point in their career. Don't get me wrong, LED grow lights have made tremendous leaps and bounds since the beginning. But where do they stand watt for watt against HPS grow lights?
HPS Grow Lights: Pros and Cons
LED Grow Lights: Pros and Cons
Unlike HPS lights, the heat LED lights produce is lacking in power. For those growing smaller crops indoors, this is great. If you're trying to yield a crop of large plants, you won't have much luck with just one of these lights.
HPS vs LEDs Experiment
I will be doing an experiment a split test with grow lights being the only different change between an HPS and LED, everything else will be the same the water, nutes, temp, plant strain and light cycle to see which is truly better at growing cannabis. I will be looking at trichome coverage, terpene smell, weight, growth of cannabis, and what ends up being better overall.
It took a while to find an LED light that I liked with a good spectrum of light that I thought would be comparable to the Hortilux HPS. I have always used 1000w HPS hortix bulb.
The LED technology is different now than when LED lights first came into the scene. The spectrum of light they have now makes it almost comparable to the weight of the bud and look of the bud of HPS. I looked at Black Dog LEDs, Vivedgrow, and other LED lights at my local hydro stores before ultimately going with Iluminar Lighting iL8 LED fixture.
The reason why I chose Iluminar Lighting is because of the full spectrum this light will produce during the growing cycle of the cannabis plant. IL8 will be compared to the 1000W HPS Hortilux on an Adjust a wing reflector. The LEDs are built with great chips that power the LED and produce a great spectrum of light. The IL8 is comparable to the 1000w HPS but uses less electricity with an output of 670W, which is good because it would cost less to run these in the end.
This will be an experiment that I will be documenting with weekly blog updates with images and videos that will support the experiment. I will be posting on my IG channel, here on the website and also either Youtube or The Weed Tube. I can't wait to share all this with you I'm very excited to get this going! Stay Tuned!