For decades now, the default horticultural lighting of choice for gardeners cultivating marijuana indoors has been the high-intensity discharge (HID) system. This particular method of mimicking the sun’s energy to pop your crops has proven to be somewhat efficient throughout the years, but using lights inside your home that were designed to illuminate parking lots and gymnasiums is less than cost effective and can be quite dangerous.
So, are there any alternatives available on the marketplace that can produce the same results as an HID system without having to sacrifice bulge on your buds or the potency of your end product and eliminate the fear of burning down your house? Yes there is, and it comes in the form of a light emitting diode (LED) system known as the Dominator from the engineering genius that is Lush LED Lighting!
I know what you’re thinking (or screaming at the computer screen), “There is no way an LED fixture can compete with an HID system!” Well, up until nine weeks ago, I would have shared that same exact sentiment. But our research team here at The 420 Times Proving Grounds Garden and Lush Lighting’s Dominator quickly changed my tune.
The Proving Grounds team decided that the only way to see if an LED fixture could produce equal or greater results as the industry standard HID systems was to put the 435 watt Dominator high-intensity LED fixture to the ultimate test by running it side-by-side against a 1,000 watt digital ballast HID lighting system.
To level the playing field, the team used a total of two identical plants under each fixture and placed them side-by-side in the same quadrant of the Proving Grounds grow space so the plants would experience the same atmosphere conditions. The plants were also fed the same brands and amounts of nutrients and fertilizers throughout the entire flowering cycle.
Through the first three weeks of the test, the Dominator proved to be holding its own against the mega power consuming HID system. All four plants were showing identical patterns of proper development without any signs of unwanted deficiencies. It wasn’t until week four that our team observed that the plants placed under the LED fixture started to show signs of advanced maturity and appeared to be, for a lack of a better word, happier.
Deep into week five the differences between the two fixtures truly started to show as the LED plants developed resin profiles that our team had never experienced from previous harvests under HID lights. The trichome coverage was so stacked that it looked like most plants do at week eight!
Toward the end of week six the aroma coming from the plants illuminated by the LED fixture was so pungent that in order to smell the plants growing under the HID light you had to stand directly over them. The team also noted that the LED plants were still showing extensive signs of advanced growth during week six when compared to the flowers on the HID plants.
Into week seven the difference between the four plants was visibly noticeable due to the fact that the LED plants were exhibiting indications that they were ready to start finishing up their blooming cycle and move into the final ripening stage of their lives. The early signs of organic fading were quite surprising simply for the fact that the plants we were running for the test normally wouldn’t start to ripen until the beginning of week eight under HID lights. By the end of week seven the plants growing under the LED fixture were ripening at a healthy pace with yet another noteworthy advancement in the plants’ overall maturity. In short, the flowers on the LED plants were not only developing at a faster rate, but they were markedly larger and more aromatic as well!
By the middle of week eight the LED plants were fully ripened displaying amber trichomes throughout the majority of the resin glands and were ready to harvest, while the two plants under the HID fixture still needed time to fully mature. The team ended up harvesting the HID plants a total of seven days later than the LED plants.
The Proving Grounds Garden research team concluded that the 435 watt LED Dominator produced tremendous results that not only increased terpene production, flavonoids, bud density and yields, but all while consuming a fraction of the power necessary to run a standard 1,000 watt ballast system with inline cooling fans and supplemental conditioned air. The results from the side-by-side test were quite unexpected. Although our research team attempted to enter the testing phase with an open mind, we were quite skeptical of Lush Lighting’s claim that their fixture would not only be able to produce the same results as a 1,000 watt HID, but actually outperform it in so many different modes.
The future of light emitting diode horticultural light fixtures is now, and Lush Lighting is leading the way with a scientific approach that offers consumers a “greener” and more efficient option to high intensity discharge lighting.
Understanding the science behind plant growth is what makes Lush Lighting the leader in the LED horticultural lighting industry. Most gardeners are probably aware that plant life absorbs light energy through pigments in the sun leaves in order to convert photons into protons which the plant then uses to charge electrons that will be used to split water molecules in search of positive hydrogen molecules that are necessary for the plant to exist, right? Well, okay, now you know. And luckily for the consumer, this particular science was very important to the research crew over at Lush Lighting who knew they had to find a way to harness the proper light spectrum in order to not only compete with HID systems, but if possible, surpass them in terms of overall performance.
Over a three year period, the engineers at Lush labored over what color spectrums produced viable results while researching all phases of plant growth from root development and vegetation to the entire blooming cycle. Their research included studying how these particular phases of development occur in natural sunlight and which color spectrums are paramount at promoting these stages of growth. Once said datum was collected, Lush used the new found information to engineer their products and craft the ideal combination of color spectrums in order to maximize your plant’s production of chemical energy.
The standard bulbs used in HID fixtures consist of metal halide (MH) for the propagation/vegetation cycles, which produce a predominant blue color spectrum, and high pressure sodium (HPS) for the bloom cycle, which produce a mainly orange/red color spectrum. But these bulbs don’t offer your plants the proper color spectrum that is necessary to receive optimal results and healthier plants. Some gardeners attempt to expand the color spectrums in their grow spaces by mixing MH and HPS fixtures in hopes of achieving the proper light band that their plants are looking for, which is helpful, but far from scientific. By using antiquated HID systems you’re robbing your plants of crucial light-produced nutrition. Not to mention the increased BTUs that are produced and massive amounts of energy that those systems demand which generates astronomical utility bills.
Lush’s extensive research gave them the necessary tools to produce a low power consuming, high intensity light emitting diode fixture that bears the ideal color spectrum which gives your plants the vital energy to thrive all while offering the consumer a better end product. Do yourself a huge favor by getting your hands on an LED fixture from Lush Lighting and give your plants the gift of light! Your plants will reward you with a bud-load of love!