Greenhouse Tips & Tricks: How LED Lighting Works

LED lighting allows you to control your greenhouse plants to produce more flowers or fruit, as well as keeping your plants from stretching and becoming leggy. That is why it is vital to understand how LED lighting works and the effects of controlled light on your plants.

Did you know that the many spectrums of light have different effects on a plant’s growth? For years, many thought the green spectrum was most beneficial to plants; however, after decades of research, it was discovered that the red and blue spectrum have the greatest impact on vegetative growth and flower fragrance.

You can alter plants by using the blue and red spectrums to achieve the desired flowers and yields. Most of the photosynthetic activity occurs in the blue and red spectrums. By using the LED lighting with the blue, red, and white spectrums, you have all the rays needed to produce healthy plants. The yellow, green, and orange spectrums are mostly reflected by the plant’s leaves.

The blue spectrum is needed for healthy seedling and young plant growth and aids in helping your plants not stretch. The green spectrum has a small effect on the plant by helping it regulate the plant responses from the cells. Whereas the red spectrum helps in the development of flowers and fruits.

By using a programmable LED light, you can successfully achieve the same plants that a professional grower does, just by understanding how plants react to specific spectrums of light.