2019 Best LED Grow Light Reviews: Kind LED leading the way
Posted on May 23 2019
LED grow lights are increasing in popularity in the indoor gardening and commercial agricultural industries. The indoor gardening industry has been steadily switching over to LED grow lights as they provide an ideal spectrum for plant growth, a considerably longer lifespan than traditional HPS fixtures, and incredible efficiency. Leading the way in this transition is California-based Kind LED Grow Lights, 4-time winner of “Best LED Grow Light” since their foundation in 2013.
As commercial cannabis cultivation has exploded throughout the United States, it has encountered several challenges along the way, including a huge spike in electricity use in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. According to a 2016 article by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the summer after Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, Pacific Power in Portland experienced seven blackouts traced to cannabis production facilities. Forty-five percent of Denver’s electrical “load growth” is for electricity to power cannabis facilities, and as of February 2018, nearly 4% of Denver’s electricity was devoted entirely to commercial cannabis facilities. Much of this power use can be attributed to the use of High-Pressure Sodium grow lights.
In addition to energy costs, commercial growers have recently been faced with a new problem—a surplus of product. Oregon itself has over one million pounds of excess cannabis, causing retail prices to plummet. Because of these unforeseen challenges and changes in the market, commercial operations are being forced to find innovative ways to reduce their overhead costs, and there is promising news on that front. Recent data shows that Denver is becoming more efficient in their energy use, with the amount of energy used per pound cultivated steadily declining. This decline in energy use is primarily due to city officials encouraging more sustainable growing practices, including encouraging cultivators to switch to LED grow lights over inefficient HPS alternatives.
Kind LED grow lights produce more yield per watt than traditional HPS fixtures while promoting a significant increase to overall quality through their targeted spectrum which includes UV and IR wavelengths. Because of the inclusion of IR and UV wavelengths, Kind LED Grow Lights have been shown to increase the production of oils and terpenes by up to 80%, and produce closer inter-nodal spacing and denser fruits and flowers than other grow lights. They’re able to provide this remarkable increase in quality while using 50% less energy than HPS fixtures. Also, because Kind lights produce less heat, they do not need to be air-cooled like HPS lights, eliminating the need for additional fans, which makes them run quieter. Lower light temperatures lead to a much more easily maintained grow environment. Because the individual diodes of a Kind LED light are set to a specific color and in a specific proportion, they are able to emit the exact spectrum that a developing plant needs to thrive, with little to no waste.
Powered by nearly 200 K5 XL1000 KIND LED Grow Lights, The Herbal Garden in Pueblo, CO has revolutionized its facility, which is now running quieter, cooler and more efficiently. “We now run 100 percent Kind LEDs, so we are contributing to the solution, not the problem,” said Dave Ashby, The Herbal Garden’s Master Grower. “We are already seeing the benefits of using Kind LEDs. If you want to save yourself money, get a few Kind LEDs, they will offset your costs tremendously and give you amazing results."
Available online and through hundreds of retailers nationwide, Kind LED Grow Lights makes advanced horticulture lighting technology accessible to both professional and recreational growers worldwide.