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Everything you need to know about LED grow light installation

So, you’ve got everything you need to set up your grow space. But how do you do it?

In this post, we’re going to work through how to hang grow lights. We’re going to focus on LED grow lights in particular, as LEDs are the type of lighting we recommend to most growers.

To get started, it’s a good idea to take pen to paper and make a grow light plan. This will include the optimum LED grow light height and the best way to use light efficiently.

Things need to do before hang grow lights in a grow tent 

Consider uniformity

To make sure you get the most out of plants, your LED grow light setup needs to provide your plants with an even amount of light. This can be done through ensuring your lights are hung in a uniform set up. This will evenly distribute the essential photons needed. Light uniformity will lead to higher yields and a more consistent crop quality.

Create a grow light plan

A plan will give you a better idea as to how many hanging LED grow lights you need for the space you’re working in, and the best height for LED grow lights depending on your plant.

How to calculate grow light coverage 

The equation for calculating coverage is:

Light output / Desired light intensity

Now you understand the light coverage, you can calculate how many grow lights you’ll need for the space.

As part of your light plan, you will also need to factor in things like super high or low ceilings, the height of your plant canopy and any walls that might in the way of your lights. Without a well thought out grow light plan, you might find that the plants on the outer edges of your grow space are inconsistent in quality in comparison to those in the center.

LED Grow light height 

One of the most common questions people have when it comes to installing their lighting is how far should the lights be from the plants.

For small scale growing, there is no one-size-fits all. So googling things like ‘LED grow light height above plants’ might not get you the answer you’re looking for.

Instead, we recommend speaking to us, you create your grow light plan. With so many different types of plant species out there, we can’t simply recommend a particular height or equation!

Installing your grow lights 

If you’re using a grow tent, all our grow lights come with an adjustable hangers to help you find the perfect LED grow light height. Our lights are easy to install and all come with detailed instructions.

So, with a little uniformity, a detailed grow light plan, and a few recommendations from your light specialist, you should have all the information you need to install your grow lights efficiently.

Although we don’t have many specifics to give (as it all depends on your space and plant type), we do have this handy video on how to set up your grow lights – in particular our 4Seasons Quantum PAR LED grow light.