LED grow lights are still relatively new to the market and unfortunately there is still a lot of false and unclear information circulating the Hydroponics and Horticultural industry. Many dishonest or uninformed LED grow light companies are causing much confusion and misconception about LED grow lights with exaggerated claims, falsely advertised specifications and fabricated testimonials and results. Grow Candy is determined to set the record straight by informing and educating the market about the facts and fiction about LED grow lights.
Too many companies are not only confusing the market but must be confused themselves on how to measure the true wattage consumption of an LED grow light. This is why you will have some LED grow lights at a certain wattage of power and others that are smaller in size claiming to be double the wattage.
Lets look at a common example of false power specification advertising:
When you purchase an LED grow light system, for example a 6 LED module grow light and it’s specifications and marketing state it is a 600W LED grow light with 6 x 100W LED chips, you would generally think that you have a light that has an output of 600W. Then you take the light home to give it a try and the results resemble nothing of what 600 Watts of power would produce.
When this happens it’s because of false advertising or misinterpretation of the specifications by the supplier. The truth is that LEDs are never run at full capacity which is the figure usually advertised by unsophisticated suppliers. In actual fact the LEDs can be run anywhere from 30-70% of the full capacity to avoid overworking the diodes in order to reduce heat and prolong the lifespan of the LED. That being said, you now know why your 600W LED grow light produced the results similar to that of a 300W light. It’s because the supplier misleadingly advertised the full capacity of the LEDs consumption rather than the actual power consumption.
To find out the true wattage of your LED grow light is either ask the supplier for the
“Actual consumption draw” (out of the wall)
or purchase a power consumption meter and put the light to the test before you buy.