ChilLED Tech – Education

Benefits Of Additional Far-Red/Deep Red Spectrum In Flower

To us, we can barely see it, where it hangs out on the edge of the visible light spectrum, but to our humble plants, far-red is a game-changer, manipulating both their morphology and ability to photosynthesize. Like UV light, far-red light is called by some the "forgotten" spectrum.

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Common Growing Substrates and Their Characteristics

Whether growing hydroponically or using a container system, choosing the right growing substrate for the application is critical. There are many different options available for growing substrates. What works best depends on the system used, the types of plants grown, and to some extent, personal preference.

The growing substrate is critical for the following reasons.

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How is growing with LEDs different?

In this article, we will share with you some differences of growing with LEDs as well as some practical tips to maximize your yields. First, though, we’ll look at a fundamental difference between HID and LED light. This difference is the key to understanding what makes growing under LED different.

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How To: Hydroponics – Best Tips for Getting Started

In the past decade, there has been a sharp increase in our interest in food production. We have gone from being largely uninformed omnivores to checking the labels on most things we buy. Beyond that, now we are aware of water scarcity concerns and working conditions behind imported foods.

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How To: Aquaponics – Best Tips for Getting Started

Some say it’s important to dream big… and it is! But what if that dream was already made possible? What if producing healthy plants and fish was possible in a space as small as your closet? Aquaponics, similar to hydroponics, have plants growing in a medium without soil, where roots are constantly hydrated.

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Why You Should Include UV-A In LED Grow Lights

Many growers misunderstand ultraviolet light. They think that it will always hurt their plants. Or, they think that only UV-B is helpful in increasing the medicinal quality of plants. Both those statements are untrue. In this article, we’d like to tell you four reasons you should be growing with UV-A. Before that, though, a reminder on what UV is:

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Understanding LED Grow Light Metrics

Trying to find the best grow lights for your application can be an overwhelming process. In fact, researching the topic might leave you with more questions than you started with. After all, not all of us are qualified engineers or plant physiologists, and lighting system specs can get very technical very quickly.

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How LEDs Work

If we are to understand the science of how LED’s produce light, we first have to understand something quite odd about electrons. Electrons can not do something that seems very simple – have “forbidden” quantities of energy.

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Do LED Grow Lights Produce Heat?

They do. And it’s a fact that many LED companies outright lie about and we’re here to set the record straight. You might be surprised to learn that in a closed system (we’ll explain this later), they produce as much heat as high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), the extremely inefficient incandescent, or even a space heater of the same wattage.

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LED Grow Light Buyer’s Guide

There was a time when choosing a grow light was simple – all you needed to know was what brand and wattage you wanted. Things have changed. Drastically. The market has been flooded with grow light options and it can be quite challenging to figure out which light is best for you.

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The Best Light for Plants

Learn how to use the right spectrum of light to get huge growth, abundant flowers, and massive fruit.

Plants are far, far more adaptable than we often give them credit. And, they have to be.

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