Marijuana Lighting Channel


Switching to LED? Here’s what you need to know about your lighting needs

If you grow cannabis, you know that light is vital to the health of your plants and eventual yield. Would switching to LED lights be right for you?

Light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures have improved dramatically since they were introduced a few decades ago, but you still need to know how to grow in innovative ways to get the most for your investment. Replacing conventional high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps like high-pressure sodium and metal halide with an LED fixture requires an LED with proper spectrum and spacing between leaves and lights, and even distribution over the grow space.


Supplemental Lighting Benefits For Growing Cannabis In The Greenhouse

Greenhouse growing, because it relies in part on the sun, can result in lower energy bills compared to indoor growing. Thus, it is becoming a popular alternative to traditional indoor growth facilities for cannabis production.

When the industry first got the green light to cultivate medical marijuana commercially, two types of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps were used — high pressure sodium (HPS) and pulse start metal halide (PSMH) — mainly because these were what was readily available. Most growers are still using these lamps, but they are becoming aware of the fact that an even more energy and cost-efficient alternative is available in the form of LED (light emitting diode) lighting.

Why Use Supplemental Lighting In A Greenhouse?


Cannabis Lighting: This Is How Your Cannabis Is Grown

As more and more states approve the legalization of cannabis for medical and/or recreational use, savvy entrepreneurs are launching businesses to capture a piece of the new “green rush.” If you’re seeking to break into this dynamic, fast-growing industry, you should start by understanding the fundamentals of how cannabis is brought to market. Below are the three primary ways that legal cannabis is cultivated.

Indoor Grown 

Whether it’s grown in a tiny closet or a sprawling warehouse, any cannabis grown inside is considered indoor cannabis. Unlike other growing methods, the system is not dependent on the weather.


Vermont marijuana: How to calculate the lighting costs of growing weed at home

Yes, your monthly electric bill could get higher if you add a wattage-sucking grow light to your home appliance list.

At the regular residency rate for Green Mountain Power, a 150 watt grow light can bump a $45 monthly bill to about $60. That’s what happens when a high-wattage light burns for 18 hours a day for a month during marijuana's early vegetative stage, before buds develop. Buds are the final sought-after product.

 On July 1 it will be legal in Vermont grow up to six plants at home.

For many casual pot users the extra $15 might easily be absorbed into the varying costs of the average price of weed. An ounce of legal medical marijuana goes for about $350 in Vermont. The new law does not allow for a commercial market for recreational marijuana. 


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