To ensure that we have the maximum amount of light possible entering an enclosure we must use enough diodes, placed at the correct distance from each other and with a suitable spectrum, colour and lumen output.
A reduction in the number of diodes, regardless of rated wattage can equate to ‘zoning’, areas that are very bright and areas that are darker.
We must ensure that all light sources project a ‘flood’, this provides better results and reduces any risk of ocular damage associated with point source lamps.
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The configuration of an LEDs within a lamp is just as important as its spectrum and output in terms of potential plant growth and illuminated area.
As with all life, plants are reliant on the quantity and quality of energy that is available to them via a light source. The greater the quantity of light, and over a wide enough area equates to better potential results.
A light source of any type can only produce a certain number of photons (parcels/packages of energy) as ‘total light output’. As light travels forwards it starts to spread out to cover a greater area. The further away a lamp is placed, the greater the area is that will be covered with light. This is a sharing or spreading of energy over a target, therefore the measured energy within light becomes weaker the further away a lamp is from the target.