LED light for my plants

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    Just bought an LED grow light for my indoor plants.
    The light contains a combination of Red and Blue LEDs.
    The combination gives an output light as pink color.

    My problem is that this light isn't very bright.
    The seller told me that is each light is of 10 watts.
    Is this normal that the grow light with a combination
    of Red and Blue LEDs isn't that bright as compared
    to a normal LED light.
     
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    @Chuck....thanks.

    Nice article, but that doesn't answer my question.
     
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    How about 50 watts per sq. ft of growing area at a minimum
     
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    Led light technical details are so much gobble de gook. I spent some time on the internet and looking at the lights in Home Depot. I bought one light which was classed as daylight and the light was yellow so I took it back. I got another and it is more white light. I am experimenting.

    For my main grow I am using CFL, compact fluorescent lights, which are the mainstay of the growing area. These are large bulbs which screw into a typical socket. I like them since there is almost no heat. They are ideal for growing marijuana plants for the home grower.

    My view on artificial light is one can never have too much. I never produce a final product from artificial light, but only give plants a good start prior to planting outdoors.
     
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    LED's I've noticed for the most part look the same brightness wise. I use a 400w full spectrum and its not super bright but does a fantastic job at growing the plants and vegetables I grow inside. What is the wattage of your lights and the 10watts per light doesn't seem accurate. It would be beneficial if your light also had green, and infrared b/c lots of plants benefit from that but depending on what you are growing will probably be sufficient.
     
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    Do you have a URL for the light you use? It would be appreciated.
     
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    https://www.amazon.com/Apollo-Horticulture-GL80X5LED-Spectrum-Growing/dp/B00KC6LT5C?th=1

    What type do you have if you don't mind me asking as I don't know anyone besides myself that uses one. The pricing deters a lot of people and most just aren't informed enough about how good they actually are. Its just now slowly starting to become more popular which is surprising to me.
     
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    That lamp is expensive. Too expensive. CFL compact fluorescent lamps are more cost effective.
     
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    That's what usually deters people right off. It more than makes up for it in the long run though b/c its not only more cost effective than CFL on your bill but LED will last around 25000 hrs vs 8000hrs of CFL's (3 times longer). And they virtually produce no heat. You couldn't have a CFL bulb touching your plant, you can with LED.

    They have a wider range of lights designed for every plant in mind also. But it all depends on what you grow too. I could grow tons of plants with my light at one time (its overkill for indoors for what I need) and I had the money to spend up front so no issues with that on my end. I mainly got one b/c I wanted to see about the heat aspects if they really produced no heat and I have a saltwater tank I could use it on for my live plants. As of right now I couldn't be given any other kind of light or paid to use one.
     
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    Does the theory of red and blue lights apply to the water plants too ?
    For instance, do water lily or lotus plants need the same light
    spectrum as the normal plants do ?
     
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    Is my question irrelevant or too silly to be answered ???? :cry:
     
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    No replies since most people don't have any knowledge on the subject. I tend to use a full a spectrum if possible just by perusing the sales babble. Also I try to use as much Sunlight as possible.
     
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    Thanks...durgan. I think I will have to try it myself as there are not much inputs on this. :(
     
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    Hello! I'm new to this forum but I think I have some to add and help with! As far as the spectrums the plants use it's going to be more blue for the vegatative growth (4000k-6000k) and for flowering it needs more red (2500k-3000k). So you can get a great middle ground with 3500k lights. I just finished an indoor build of 3 600watt led light bars for a total of 1800watts from the wall. (This is different then the Amazon led grow lights that advertise 600 watts when they only pull 284 or so watts from the wall) This is for an indoor organic vegetable and herb operation. I was able to do this by making a light bar using 4 citizen Clu 058 cobs with a max of 364 watts but only running them at 150 watts for better efficiency. I wanted a balanced spectrum so I made each light bar have 2 4000k cobs and 2 3000k cobs. These are obviously for a large scale indoor garden, but they can be scaled down to any need. There are many led drivers and different cobs offered. If you have any questions about this Diy then just ask, or if you want me to make you anything we could talk! Here are some pictures of what I have running. if you want to just read into it just look into Cob lights and Cob Grow lights, they are the future of led indoor growing!!
     

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    Now that is a nice setup. How much do you plan on growing under these? It looks like you have pepper plants maybe, and tomatoes.
     
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    Right now working on getting more pots and filling up the whole 14x16 space. In that picture you see a Basel plant and an older tomatoe and others are getting started (more tomatoes, Basel, thyme, arugula, kale, lettuce, spinach, rainbow chard). Also cover crops to help make the nutrients more available to those plants. All are in 15 gallon cloth pots and will hopefully pull 2-500 dollars a week once full swing
     
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    Very nice indeed..post up more pictures when you get everything up and growing good..
     
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    Had to finish wiring and grounding the lights. More plants started, and I'll keep everyone updated on how it's going!
     

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