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Avoid Climate-Related Crop Production Disruption with LED Grow Lights

Transitioning to indoor grow facilities, such as hydroponic grow rooms, illuminated with LED grow light not only protect plants but also increase crop size and quality.
Transitioning to indoor grow facilities, such as hydroponic grow rooms, illuminated with LED grow light not only protect plants but also increase crop size and quality.

If you still use traditional outdoor agricultural practices, transitioning your crops to a greenhouse or other indoor grow facility will increase your yields and help avoid the negative effects of an increasingly unpredictable climate.

During the past 40 years, government officials report unusual extreme weather events occurred with greater frequency, causing significant disruptions in agricultural production. Federal climate agencies do not foresee any relief; in fact, forecasters report ongoing climate changes are going to lead not only to extraordinary weather systems, but also increases in crop-damaging pests, diseases, and pathogens.  Compounding these problems are stronger El Nino cycles, which tend to cause severe droughts or record-breaking flooding, that have the potential to disrupt crop production by 10 to 25 percent.

Enhance Crop Production and Quality with LED Grow Lights  

People, ranging from those who have historically grown backyard kitchen gardens to farmers who used to grow crops on a near industrial scale, are transitioning their crops to greenhouses and/or hydroponic indoor grow facilities illuminated with LED lighting. While both groups anticipated their annual crop production yields would increase, they soon discovered their indoors plants appeared healthier and incurred less damage from pests, as well as from molds and mildew, than the crops they grew in their gardens and fields. These producers were pleasantly surprised to find the improvements in the quality and quantity of their harvests remained consistent year after year. Are you wondering what accounts for the differences between plants grown inside and those cultivated outside? The answer is simple – LED grow lights.

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Research Demonstrates the Benefits of LED Lights on Greenhouse and Indoor Crop Production

The evidence supporting the benefits of using LED lighting when cultivating plants indoors is much more than anecdotal. Numerous studies outlined in a research review published in Agricultural and Food Science (2013), not only indicate different spectra of LED lights improve the growth, health, and quality of crops grown inside greenhouses and grow rooms (see Table 1.) but also show the plants cultivated using LED lights develop a greater resistance to molds, mildews, and diseases. In addition, when the grow facility uses LED lights in the red-blue range, insects are unable to locate the plants, which decreases crop damage.

Benefits of LED Lighting Compared to HPS
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By leveraging the benefits of LED lighting, you can improve your bottom line with higher crop yields while spending less money on fertilizer and pesticides.   

National Climate Change Report (2014). Chapter 6 Agriculture

Carlson, D (2015). How El Nino Will Impact Food Prices and Food Stocks. US News & World Report

Olle, M. & Virsile, A. (2013). The effects of light-emitting diode lighting on greenhouse plant growth and quality. Agricultural and Food Science. 22 (2): 223-234.

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