HPS or LED? When it comes to choosing the right grow lamps for your indoor garden, you might ask yourself…What’s better? Traditional HPS or new, efficient LED lights?  Luckily you came to the right place for brand neutral and technology agnostic reviews.  Our team here at Water Mania has been in this exact predicament before, trying to decide between the latest LED (light emitting diode) lighting and proven incandescent technology.  We’ve spent years researching this exact topic and here’s what we found-

The main aspects to think about with LED’s is that they’re more expensive when compared to HPS.  However, depending on the size of your indoor hydroponic setup, the LED’s will pay for themselves in less than 1 to 2 years, if that.  LED’s will live longer (approx. 10 year life span) and also don’t require near the amount of cooling that HPS lamps do.  LED’s also produce an excellent amount of luminescence per watt in very targeted light spectrum colors.  Through our ongoing research, diverse light spectrum luminescence is extremely important for obtaining high crop yields due to the vast spectrum of visible light that plants use.

For your average medium and small grow tents (4×8′), we’ve had great results using two 180 watt LED lighting systems,  opposed to our standard configuration of one 600 watt HPS.   Our main discoveries in all of our experiments was that both the LED & HPS lights will produce optimum yields.  In the end, it all comes down to your short and long-term budget.  While the LED’s are more expensive, their life span is absolutely insane.  Our recommendation  If you have a lot of money tied up in your existing HPS system, stick with them for another year or so until LED growing technology evolves.  If you’re starting a new garden from scratch- LEDs are absolutely the way to go for the reasons mentioned above.

Check back with us often for reviews on indoor hydroponic equipment systems.  We’re currently reviewing indoor small grow tents, nutrients, and ligthing systems.