Where Does Ultraviolet and Infrared Light Fit In?
If you’ve done any kind of research at all into growing plants it’s highly likely that you’ve heard that infrared and ultraviolet light is important as well, but what we’ve said in this article may seem to contradict that. We’ve asserted that plants grow because of their exposure to visible light between 400nm and 700nm on the light spectrum. Ultraviolet light and infrared light are not part of the visible spectrum, and based on our analysis so far you’d be forgiven for thinking that they really wouldn’t add much to the growth process.
While some scientists may argue something different, most seem to agree that both of these types of light are also important to the growth process, but they aren’t measured in lumens or PARS. Exposure to this type of light is important for cell division and to ensure that bacteria can’t thrive and stunt the growth of the plants. If you started out with the belief that one type of LED grow light is as good as another you’ve probably changed that opinion by now.
So What Should I Be Measuring?
The answer to the question of what you should be measuring when it comes to your plants and their health is a complicated one. There isn’t one thing you should be looking for at all, but rather an overall understanding of everything that goes into healthy plant growth. The bottom line is you need to understand all of these types of measurement and how they affect your plant growth and, unfortunately, you’ll probably find it difficult to get all of the information you need from the manufacturer of the LEDs you’re considering for purchase. The best you can do is to make sure you do enough research and depend upon a little bit of trial and error as well. All of the information articles on this site will give you a good overview of where to start, but you should also take a close look at each of the reviews we’ve done for any products you’re considering. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here or anywhere else I would suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.