UV Light and Plants: Know what your plant wants, not what you want.
Posted on July 01 2016
All plants need sunlight to survive in general and more sunlight does not always make it easier for plants to survive. In direct sunlight, plants face aridness and exposure to Ultra Violet rays and must expend energy producing colors to block UV light and create waxy coatings to prevent water loss. So pumping your plant full of white and yellow light could actually be hindering it from reaching its full potential.
Lately, there has been a wave of companies that are using all white LED’s in their design. These lights follow the more familiar color temperate range that we commonly know from HID and T-5 bulbs, 2700K-6500K. Although this makes a light that is closer to what we are all use to seeing as far as color, it negates one of the most important benefits of LED lights, not wasting energy on light the plant can’t readily absorb and use.
Some are saying that they have replicated the spectrum of the sun. That’s great and all, but the big difference between the sun and your grow light is that the sun as an endless supply of nuclear energy, so it’s not that concerned with expelling energy in those lesser used spectral ranges, plus those colors mixed together make the world a more beautiful place.
Your grow light and pocketbook, on the other hand, would rather not waste unusable energy and your plants could care less if they aren’t seeing the world in real color. In fact, they’ll thank you for the purple world they grow in because they know that you’re doing your part to conserve for the planet, while giving them what they need to succeed.
Kind LED’s have been designed to have a full, yet targeted spectrum for growth and/or flowering, and don’t waste any energy emitting large amounts of spectral ranges that plants don’t use high amounts of. We specifically target the areas with the highest absorption rates in order to deliver exactly WHAT YOUR PLANT NEEDS for photosynthesis.