HID (high-intensity discharge) is an umbrella term under which MH and HPS bulbs fall, which we’ll discuss more below. These types of lamps have a hood that reflects light and bulbs that are enclosed capsules containing a gas, as opposed to bulbs you’d find in your house, which have a filament that heats up.
Grow lights allow you to control exactly how much light your plants receive, ensuring they get the same amount of light day after day, without the grower having to solve problems with bad weather or cloudy days that happen in an outdoor environment.
HIDs have been the standard in indoor weed growing for decades, but LEDs are quickly catching up to them.
Lights have fixtures and bulbs, and some require a ballast. Depending on the type and model, the bulbs or the fixtures can be more expensive. There are a lot of abbreviations, but don’t be alarmed.
CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) are fluorescent lights similar to what you’d find in a school or office building, but smaller. For growing weed, they are usually called “T5s”—the “T” stands for “tubular” and the “5” refers to its diameter, “⅝”.
It can take quite some time to do research on the right types of lights for cannabis, especially when you don’t have much experience growing. Thankfully, we’ve taken care of the legwork for you, and we’re happy to walk you through what makes a perfect grow light for beginners.
If anything, all you have to worry about when growing with LEDs is overwatering.
The Benefits of LEDs for First-Time Cannabis Growers
Thanks to minimal heat in the growing room, you can also expect the water you give your plants to last longer than it normally would. Since you don’t have to deal with rapid evaporation, your watering schedule will not only decrease, but become more efficient.
With seeds ready to be germinated, pots ready to be filled, and your grow room ready for a long, rewarding season, you may be feeling ready to cultivate some cannabis. You’re just missing one more vital component: the lights!
Speaking of one’s lamp of choice, though, how much should you expect a grow lamp to cost? Well, keeping the focus on LEDs, you’ll see a great amount of variation in cost.
Rapid rooters actually work great for any type of setup, but we prefer peat pellets for non-hydroponic setups, because they cost less and they do not dry out (since rapid rooters come in bags of 50 or more, if you do not use all 50 fairly soon, the remaining ones will dry out and become useless, though you can reseal them to give yourself a bit more time).
How much power should the light be and how far, while the seedling is heading to veg.?
Germinating Cannabis Seeds Using Paper Towels
We often get customers asking to buy seeds from us. Unfortunately, we do not sell seeds ourselves, but we highly recommend the seed store from I love Growing Marijuana.
They have a huge selection of quality seeds and their prices are excellent, especially when you snag one of their deals.
If you do not have a grow light, there are a number of different types you can consider. For seedlings, fluorescent lights or LED light bars (like the veg/clone bars from Secret Jardin) are ideal, unless you are germinating a lot of seeds at once. Then you might want to consider a larger LED grow light.