LED Lights for Indoor Growing: What Type of Eye Protection is Necessary?
LED lights are becoming increasingly popular for indoor growing, and with this comes the need to consider protective eye wear. While there were once expensive options available at hydro stores, it is now possible to find more affordable solutions. It is important to understand what type of protection may be necessary when using LED lights in an indoor space.
When considering LED lighting for indoor growing, it is important to think about the potential for eye exposure. Depending on the size of the room and the wattage of the LED light, eye protection may be necessary. For example, if a 1000W LED light is used in a small living or dining room without a door to close, some type of screen should be used to keep the glow from entering other rooms such as the kitchen.
For those who use 600W lights for their plants, emergency mylar blankets can be used for a month or so to provide additional protection. Lights should also be placed on wire storage shelves that are not too high off the floor and should be turned off during health checks and moisture monitoring. If extra light is needed, 4 hours in the afternoon can help.
It is difficult to determine whether or not full spectrum LEDs have harmful output at certain power levels and exposure times. As such, it is recommended to err on the side of caution and purchase sun curtains or UV sunglasses if spending any length of time in the same room as the LED lights. A grow tent can also be useful for providing additional protection.
Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide how much protection they feel is necessary when using LED lights indoors. Careful consideration should be given to the size of the room, wattage of the LED light and amount of time spent in proximity to ensure safety and comfort.
What type of protective eye wear is available for indoor growing with powerful new 1000W LED'S?
Protective glasses were available at hydro stores for a hefty price in prior years. However, it is not clear if they are necessary as there is no legitimate research on this issue. It is recommended to err on the side of caution and use sunglasses or set up sun curtains if the grow room is in a space that will be occupied for any length of time.
How does everyone else use LED lights for indoor growing?
Many people use 600w lights, 3 of each for about 6 flats, roughly 1300 seedlings. The lights sit on wire storage shelves and are usually operated from 11pm to 7am with an additional 4 hours in the afternoon if needed. Some people tent their lights in mylar emergency blankets for a month or so the first year but this can be too much hassle when wanting to mist, rotate, or check plants.
What should be done to keep the glow out of other rooms?
If the grow room is situated away from other rooms, like in a basement, then no extra measures may be needed. Otherwise, a makeshift curtain rod setup with PVC or a Grow Tent would be recommended to keep the glow out of other rooms.
Is it safe to be around LED lights without eye protection?
Since LED lights are usually below eyelevel and not on much when people are around them, many do not worry about eye protection. However, it is recommended to err on the side of caution and use sunglasses if there is any concern.