Why LED Light Chips Are Important for Growing Mars Hydro

Are you interested in more efficient growing? Using grow lights for your plants is one of the best ways to grow plants. However, even with a grow light you might be struggling with plants dying or not producing enough. Luckily, there is a solution: LED grow light chips!


Why Are LED Grow Light Chips Important?

Different LED grow lights produce different results. The effectiveness of your grow light is largely determined by the LED grow light chip inside it. With the right LED grow light chip, you’ll have more success growing!


What Components Make an LED Grow Light Chip Successful?

Color Rendering Index : 

Color Rendering Index measures the perception and color of LED fixtures on objects. In other words, CRl measures the effect of LED light replicating the sun. CRI 100, for example, represents 100% object color rendering, like the color reproduction of an object in the sun. The color of a lamp with a high CRI index looks more accurate because it contains the same color wavelength as sunlight, or a color wavelength close to it. The lamp with lower CRI ratings are most commonly missing or have a poor approximation of the red, orange, or yellow wavelengths. The standard CRI value for LED is 83. Some well-known chip companies, such as Samsung, Osram and BridgeLux, can reach a CRI of 90.

Spectral Power Distribution:


The light emitted by a light source is composed of many different wavelengths of light radiation, each wavelength of light emitted by the light radiation is not exactly the same. The distribution of the light source's optical radiation power by wavelength is called the spectral power distribution. With any value of the spectral power distribution is called the relative spectral power distribution.


Different light sources, due to the different light-emitting substances, its spectral power distribution is also different, a certain spectral power distribution is expressed as a certain light color. People usually compare the light of the light source with the light of the "black body" to describe its light color. In short, the SPD determines the color and wavelength of light emitted by the LEDs. 


The figure shows the RSPD of the BridgeLux3030 chip, which produces light with a color temperature of 3000k at a wavelength of 600nm and an RPSD value of 1.0. If you don't know about color temperature, please read on, we will mention the effect of color temperature on the chip below.


Color Temperature:

The color temperature of a light source is the temperature of an ideal black-body radiator that radiates light of a color comparable to that of the light source. Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light that has important applications in lighting, manufacturing, horticulture, and other fields.

Why is the color temperature of a chip important? Color affects plant growth in different ways. Blue light(5,000 - 7,000K)is necessary for vegetative growth while red light(3,500 - 4,500K) is needed to promote flowering and fruit production. The color temperature of a chip helps you understand the overall output of the grow light trends towards blue or red.

While plants primarily use blue and red light, research suggests that plants perform best with full spectrum light(2700k-6500k). Therefore, it is more beneficial to choose full-spectrum lights for plant growth.


Junction temperature:

Junction temperature refers to the temperature transferred to the substrate after the chip touches the substrate. The junction temperature of an LED or laser diode is a determining factor in long-term reliability; it is also a key factor in photometry. For example, a 50°C rise in junction temperature of a typical white LED results in a 20% drop in output. In General, to ensure the life of the lamp, it is best to keep the junction temperature at 85°C at an ambient temperature of 45°C.

The above are the electrical characteristics that affect the chip. There are many other characteristics that can affect the quality of the chip.  For example, chip size, operating conditions, manufacturer, etc.

Buy the Best Grow Lights with Mars Hydro

Are you interested in the best way to grow plants? Mars Hydro has been in the LED industry for 13 years. We have our own R&D team and manufacturing factory. With an in-depth understanding of which chips are efficient and cost effective, Mars Hydro has partnered with Samsung, Osram, and BridgeLux chip manufactures with the aim of designing LED grow lights that promote plant growth and harvesting. Mars Hydro-Your best choice for growing.