There are many benefits when you use solar panels along with LED grow lights.
Global warming has come to the forefront of the world’s attention, and many are concerned about the effects that emissions and pollutants can have on the earth, her people, and the many species and insects that inhabit our planet. It is for this reason that scientists and other professionals have developed the LED light bulb and solar panels. Implementing these new technologies can make the best use of renewable energy as well as cutting down on energy consumption.
So, what are the benefits of solar panels and solar powered LED grow lights?
- Using both the solar panels in conjunction with the LED lights – This will reduce your use of electricity which will result in a lower electric bill. Overall, you are most likely to save approximately 20-40% by using the LED bulbs. You can potentially save up to half on your electric bill if you use solar power as well.
- Maintenance and changing the bulbs/panels - Yes, both systems can be expensive to start with; however, over time, you do not have to replace the LED bulbs as often because they last for about 10-11 years. Similarly, solar panels do not have to be replaced because they have a 25-year shelf life. Both kinds of units are maintenance free and will last for years to come.
- Incentives from the power company and Federal government – According to EnergyUsage.com, the US Federal Government still gives an Investment Tax Credit (ITC) of up to 30% when a solar panel is installed. This tax credit was set to expire last year but has been extended until the year 2022. Also, depending on where you live and how much sun your solar panels absorb, some energy companies give rebates or discounts and “buy back” electric from you because you produce excess energy and you are a power source for them.
- Solar powered LED’s offer different wavelengths for your plants – Plants need both red and blue spectrums. The red wavelength (light) is critical because it enhances the plant’s photosynthesis process Photosynthesis is the method by which the plant absorbs nutrients more quickly through the process of chlorophyll. The blue wavelength (light) helps the plants absorb chlorophyll which therefore stimulates growth. Another benefit of these light systems is that the red light that is not absorbed by your plants is transferred back to the light fixture and used to increase its power. Therefore, it is energy efficient and extending the life of your unit.
- Solar powered LED’s give more light – LED lights give off a brighter light than the traditional light bulb. This means that your plants will grow at a faster rate because the light penetrates into the core of the plant. This is vital and ensures that they are receiving proper exposure to light that resembles natural sunlight.
- Energy efficient and energy independence – Once you decide which kind of solar panel to install, or which solar powered LED light you will purchase, you may have a difficult time deciding on where to install the system. Be sure the panels are installed where you receive the most sun exposure. This will ensure that you reap the most sunlight available to you, even on cloudy and rainy days. They are also making these light systems more tolerable of cold weather. This is another plus to using solar-powered LED lights.
- Supplement your electric by installing these system(s) – Even if you still use the electric supplied by your electric company, you will still be less dependent on them for your electrical needs. The electric company won’t be able to separate you from your money as much.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits when you use the solar panels along with LED grow lights or invest in a separate solar powered LED grow light system. At present, it is more common that people are using the solar panels to power their LED grow lamps; however, the popularity of solar powered LED grow lights are on the rise. There are a handful of companies that manufacture them now.
Dianne Lamp is the author of this article.
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