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L.E.D. Lighting options



L.E.D. Lighting options

 

What exactly is L.E.D. lighting?

LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting products produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. How do they work? An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and the result is visible light.

How long does L.E.D. lighting last?

The useful life of LED lighting products is defined differently than that of other light sources, such as incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). LEDs typically do not “burn out” or fail. Instead, they experience ‘lumen depreciation’, wherein the brightness of the LED dims slowly over time. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED “lifetime” is established on a prediction of when the light output decreases by 30 percent.

How are LEDs Used in Lighting?

recessed LED

LEDs are incorporated into bulbs and fixtures for general lighting applications. Small in size, LEDs provide unique design opportunities. Some LED bulb solutions may physically resemble familiar light bulbs and better match the appearance of traditional light bulbs. Some LED light fixtures may have LEDs built in as a permanent light source. There are also hybrid approaches where a non-traditional “bulb” or replaceable light source format is used and specially designed for a unique fixture. LEDs offer a tremendous opportunity for innovation in lighting form factors and fit a wider breadth of applications than traditional lighting technologies.

LED lighting differs from incandescent and fluorescent in several ways. When designed well, LED lighting is more efficient, versatile, and lasts longer.

LEDs are “directional” light sources, which means they emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and CFL, which emit light and heat in all directions. That means LEDs are able to use light and energy more efficiently in a multitude of applications. However, it also means that sophisticated engineering is needed to produce an LED light bulb that shines light in every direction.

Common LED colors include amber, red, green, and blue. To produce white light, different color LEDs are combined or covered with a phosphor material that converts the color of the light to a familiar “white” light used in homes. Phosphor is a yellowish material that covers some LEDs. Colored LEDs are widely used as signal lights and indicator lights, like the power button on a computer.

In a CFL, an electric current flows between electrodes at each end of a tube containing gases. This reaction produces ultraviolet (UV) light and heat. The UV light is transformed into visible light when it strikes a phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb. Learn more about CFLs.

Incandescent bulbs produce light using electricity to heat a metal filament until it becomes “white” hot or is said to incandesce. As a result, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat.

ComparisonWhy should I choose ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting products?

There are more lighting options available today than ever before. Despite that, ENERGY STAR is still the simple choice to save on your utility bills.

LED bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR are subject to very specific requirements designed to replicate the experience you are used to with a standard bulb—so they can be used for a wide variety of applications. As the graphic on the right demonstrates, a general purpose LED bulb that does not qualify for the ENERGY STAR may not distribute light everywhere and could prove to be a disappointment if used in a table lamp.

ENERGY STAR means high quality and performance, particularly in the following areas:

  • Color Quality

    • 5 different requirements for color to ensure quality up front and over time

  • Light Output

    • Light output minimums to ensure you get enough light

    • Light distribution requirements to ensure the light goes where you need it

    • Guidelines for equivalency claims to take the guess-work out of replacement

  • Peace of mind

    • Verified compliance with more than 20 requirements to address performance and labeling

    • Long-term testing to back up lifetime claims

    • Testing to stress the products in operating environments similar to how you will use the product in your home

    • 3-year minimum warranty requirement

And as with all ENERGY STAR products, certified LED bulbs are subject to random testing every year to ensure they continue to meet the ENERGY STAR requirements.

For more information on how to select an ENERGY STAR certified bulb for each application in your home, view the ENERGY STAR Light Bulb Purchasing Guide (PDF, 1.49 MB) or use the interactive online Choose a Light tool.

BoostGro LED Grow Light Full Spectrum 

 HIGH PERFORMANCE – This full spectrum LED grow light is designed to provide the benefits of natural sunlight your plant needs at different stages of growth. It is enhanced with 12 additional advanced red lamp beads (660 nm) which encourage seed growth, photosynthesis, and flowering or fruit production. It is also cost-effective and generates LOW HEAT!

 EASY INSTALLATION – Our grow light is plug-and-play and able to be LINKED UP to 4 units together (using the 5FT power cord provided) for additional boost. The fixture can be flush mounted or hung with 2FT hanging cables (included in the package). You can use these lights in most indoor areas, such as shelving units, kitchen cabinets, grow tents, garages, basements!

DURABLE DESIGN – This professional Grow Light is FCC-certified and comes with a 1-year limited warranty. It is damp rated for use indoors in humid conditions. The modern design is in a light-weight enclosed housing, which prevents build-up of dust. Rated with a 30,000-hour lifespan. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

HEALTHY LIVING – Building an indoor garden has never been easier! Grow your own organic lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, herbs, thyme, rosemary, basil, mint, sage, peppers, perennials, garlic, and much more!

Grow Light with Stand, LBW Dual Heads Full Spectrum Grow Light, 200W LED Plant Lights for Indoor Plants, Auto On/Off Timer, 6 Dimmable Levels, 3 Switch Modes, Adjustable Tripod Stand 15-63 inches

  • This indoor grow light has a flexible dual head design, and is equipped with a tall & stable tripod stand extendable from 15 inches to 63 inches, which provides a larger illumination area for tall and large plants, and the gooseneck also makes it more flexible to use. You can set the grow light at any height and in any direction to get the desired illumination angle, it’s ideal for all kinds of your plants at all growth stages.

  • Full Spectrum Plant Light: Equipped with 100 high efficiency LEDs (12 Red + 60 Warm White + 28 Cold White), this grow light emits full spectrum light from 380nm up to 800nm, which is professionally designed for indoor houseplants. Similar to the sunlight at noon, this plant light provides high luminous efficacy for more plants, at the same time, saves your electric bill.

  • Auto on/off Timer Everyday: This growing light has 3 cycle timing settings (3/6/12H) which will stay on for 3/6/12 hours, then off for 21/18/12 hours and will automatically turn on and off at the same time the next day, no need to unplug/re-plug. It will take good care of your plants while you are at work or on vacation, easy & convenient!

  • 3 Lighting Modes & 6 Level Brightness: This LED grow light has 3 switch modes, each light can be controlled individually, you can turn one light on, the other light on, or both on. It also has 6 brightness settings, to meet each plant’s lighting requirements at different stages, without worrying about burning your plant.

Giixer 1000W LED Grow Light, Dual Switch & Dual Chips Full Spectrum LED Grow Light

 

 

 

Compare with the traditional 1000 watt grow lamps, this new Dual-Chips 10w led lights is bigger, brighter and efficient, but consuming only 110 watts.

Helps you to save the energy and improve the environment of plant growing. DOUBLE SWITCH- Veg and Bloom button have different function. Veg switch: It’s blue led and white led. For seeding or young vegetative growth,you can use Veg switch only. Bloom switch: It’s red led and white led.for flowering/blooming,you can use both Veg and Bloom switches.

LED lights are rated at somewhere 50000 hours of use. For comparison, many other grow lights tend to last for around 20,000 hours before needing to be replaced. Protecting diodes are added to make sure one chip out, others still work.

Full spectrum: the light include red,blue,yellow,white,and so on etc. which is similar to the sunshine,ideal for all kinds of indoor plants veg and flower at all growth stages.

Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light with Reflectors

“V-shaped” Reflector Design – Professional T8 grow Light Strip has two rows of high-quality full spectrum LED chips. It has a wider beam angle and higher PAR value than single row grow lights. Perfect for plant seedling, growth, flowering and bear fruit.

Full Spectrum – Monios-L LED grow light Strip is providing indoor plants with full-spectrum sunlight replacement at 400nm-800nm. Up to 42w each light linkable to get more PPFD( photosynthetic photon flux density ), which is effectively promotes the chlorophyll synthesis and photosynthesis.

Efficient Heat Dissipation – Aluminum housing provides the high-efficiency heat dissipation, ensuring a longer service life of the led chips. The 42W double-row led chips with high brightness and low light decay, 2900K color temperature makes it look more comfortable.

Easy Installation – Extendable design, could be connected up to 4 tube lights together with connectors or connection cables. Suitable for various application such as plant shelves, plant tents, hydroponics growing rooms, greenhouses, etc. Excellent choices for commercial growers and home gardeners.

VIPARSPECTRA Latest XS1000 LED Grow Light

  • LOWER OPERATION COST & HIGHER QUALITY YIELDS:VIPARSPECTRA XS1000 LED grow light adopts the latest high-quality LEDs technology-Samsung LM301B diodes, high energy efficiency LEDs increase yield of crops and save operation cost, generates more usable lighting per watt and provides better light canopy penetration.

  • OPTIMAL FULL SPECTRUM & FLEXIBLE DIMMIER: Consists of 3000K warm white, 5000K white, 660nm deep red, and 730nm IR light, which providing your plants with excellent full spectrum led grow lights. The red and IR light are particularly useful during bloom, which can speed up bloom time and enhance high yields to obtain the ideal harvest. An added dimmer knob is featured to manipulate the light intensity at liberty, provides desired needs for plants in all stages from veg to bloom.

  • SILENT OPERATION & SOLID CONSTRUCTION: No fans zero noise. Large areas of solid aluminum heat sinks help you to achieve the ideal cooling system. Adopts high safety performance MEAN WELL driver to achieve high PAR output, longer lifespan to speed up plant’s grow processes and boost yields while saving you on your energy bill.

  • AMPLE COVERAGE & LESS ENERGY CONSUMPTION: Comparable to traditional 250W HPS/MH while consuming only 120W, which helps to get 50% higher yield harvest and save costs. Perfect for 2.5’x2.5’ vegetative coverage at 18”and 2’x2’flowering coverage at 14”. Remember to properly adjust the height and brightness accordingly to your plants desired level for optimal growth.

 

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Natural Pest solutions

Have you ever heard the saying “an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure?” It basically means that a small amount of prevention will do much more good for you than a large amount of solution after something has happened. We can apply that saying to many different circumstances in our lives and our  gardening habits are certainly no exception. It will be less likely that we will be dealing with pest infestations if we stay on top of the little things consistently. Now, for some plants, that could mean daily attention is needed. For others it can be weekly or less. The overall health of your plants will be better if you give them better attention consistently. This will make everything much easier when you finally do come across some trespassers in the foliage!  Whether you are dealing with indoor plants, a greenhouse, or tending to your garden in the back, you will eventually come across some pests. It is just a matter of time. Here are a few natural pest solutions that are completely safe and natural to help you keep the bugs away.

  • When purchasing new plants at your local home and garden stores, be sure to inspect them before buying. It’s not uncommon to bring home pests in a new plant from the store.  Be sure to inspect any fresh cut flowers or clippings that you may bring inside from your own garden / landscaping as well.                                                                                                                                                       woman inspecting leaves on a planta man inspecting the leaves of a plant                   

 

 

 

 

 

  • Potted  plants that are left outside during the warmer months are vulnerable to bugs crawling into their soil. Inspect them before you bring them into your home. You may need to replace the soil as this is a common place for bugs to live. Be sure to check the bottom of the leaves as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Wash / clean the leaves of your plants every week or two. If possible, bring the plant over to your sink and spray all of the plant surfaces. Another option is to use a spray bottle filled with water. You may want to take the plant outside for this as it can get messy quickly. Try to spray the plant from all angles. Be gentle with everything, but also really try to wash the entire plant. It is much harder for a pest outbreak to happen when it doesn’t have a solid chance to get established. This will also improve your overall plant health and the look of the plant itself.  These spray bottles are technically for hair, but I think they work great for plants! I love the continuous mist. I think it really does well for cleaning your houseplants as well as watering the leaves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          water bottle for keeping leaves moist on plants                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Identify and isolate any infested plants as soon as possible. The sooner you spot any problems, the easier it will be able to deal with any issues that may come your way. When you find that one of your plants has signs of an infestation, move it away from other plants preferably outside of the home or greenhouse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • If it is a severe infestation, you may want to try taking a couple clippings to propagate & then toss the mother plant. It sucks to have to go this route, but it’s better than a total loss. If possible, take a few cuttings of the plant, root them, and hang on to the mother plant just in case you are able to save it. You may not be able to save it, but if you have a few clippings you will have an opportunity to keep that same plant going.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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For small outbreaks, you may try dipping a q-tip or cotton balls in rubbing alcohol and then rubbing it on the outbreak areas of the plant. The stem. The bottom of the leaves. The area where the leaf meets the stem also known as the “leaf axil.” Be thorough. Be consistent.

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Best Lawn Mowers For Small Gardens



Best Lawn Mowers For Small Gardens

No matter if you own a small garden or a large one it can be tough to know which lawn mower is best to get the job done right. You probably don’t need a petrol lawn mower which is going to be expensive and harder to maintain if you only have a small space. Below we have outlined the 5 best lawn mowers for small to medium sized gardens.

These are some of the most affordable electric mowers for small gardens.

 

Best Lawn Mowers For Small Gardens

1. Einhell GE-EM 1233 Electric Lawn Mower

Einhell is a corded electric lawn mower that is quite powerful and was created for lawns of about 600 square meters. The Einhell GE-EM has an extraordinarily high torque along with an engine of a 1500W strong carbon motor. This feature allows the Einhell to work perfectly well even in gardens with tall grass and dense greenery.

The engine is not the only powerful feature of the Einhell GE-EM 1233 Electric lawnmower. Read on to see more of its unique features. The device comes with a flexible cutting height along with a 36cm cutting width.

With this unique height setting, the blade of the mower can be adjusted to 5 different modes. To ensure more flexibility, the deck of the Einhell was designed to be wider than the high wheels. Maneuvering is therefore very easy.

The grass box of the device is yet another amazing feature of the Einhell GE-EM 1233 – it allows about 38 liters of grass and makes it easy for you to see when it is full for emptying.

Einhell weighs about 10kg making it relatively lightweight. It is also foldable and would be easy to store. For safety, the device comes with a 2 point safety switch. No doubt, this is one of the best rotary mowers for small gardens.

Pros

  • Powerful Engine

  • Lightweight

  • Foldable and easy to use

  • 2 Point safety switch

  • Cable strain release for long durability

  • Wider deck for more flexibility

  • Transparent grass box for 38 litres of grass

Cons

  • The Einhell GE-EM 1233 comes with no roller

2. Bosch Rotak 34 R Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

The Bosch Rotak 34 R is an electric lawn mower that is powerful, lightweight, and handy. It is great for both small and medium-sized lawns due to its 34cm cutting width. The device comes with a 1300W power drive motor engine along with a rotary blade, ensuring that your lawn gets the perfect cut. It also has an integrated rear roller for strip effects on lawns.

The lightweight of the Bosch Rotak 34 R is another amazing feature that ensures more flexibility and carrying around your yard. Storing at home is very easy due to its stackable grass box and double folding handles. The device is also great for cutting grass on the edges of your yard due to its inset front heels and grass combs.

Finally, The Bosch Rotak 34 R has a Single lever height of cut adjustment from 20-70 mm. This mode variation helps suit the condition of different lawns.

Pros

  • 34cm cutting width making it great for medium-sized lawns of 300 square meters

  • Lightweight and portable

  • 1300W power drive motor along with rotary blade for a perfect cut

  • Rear roller for stripe effects

  • Stackable grass box

  • Double Folding handles

  • Inset front wheels

  • Grass combs

Cons

  • Possibilities of overheating

3. Hyundai HYM3200E Electric Lawnmower

The next mower on our list is the Hyundai HYM3200E which is a product of the popular Hyundai model – this already gives it some credibility as one of the best lawn mowers you’d find in the market. The device hosts a powerful 1000W motor and it is getting energy from a power cable that is about 10 meters long, making it quite environmentally friendly.

The device comes with a flexible height setting, allowing you to cut grass at 24mm, 45mm and 65mm. It is also very effective for uneven gardens. Starting the engine of the Hyundai HYM3200E is as easy as pressing a button.

The device is lightweight – 8.8kg of weight making it one of the lightest rotary lawnmowers you’d get from the market. Finally, The HYM3200E Electric Lawnmower has a foldable handle system which is great for minimal storage requirements. That is less space is needed for its storage. Making the device very easy to fold, stack and store around your yard.

Pros

  • Easy to start and use

  • Lightweight

  • Flexible Cutting height

  • Self Maintenance Mode included

  • Perfect cutting width

  • Quick-release grass collection box

  • Easy to fold, stack and store

Cons

  • Absence of roller

4. Mountfield 294340063/M13 Princess

The Mountfield 294340063/M13 Princess is one of the most powerful all-encompassing lawnmowers you’d find in the market. It works best for small lawns of about 100 Square meters and it is quite easy to start and operate. It is handheld and integrates a 1400W motor which is quite above the requirements for a small lawn. It has a large grass box of 35 liters capacity along with an extended 34cm cutting width.

The device grass box is transparent and therefore allows you to see the quantity of grass in it to prevent overloading. It also incorporates a rear roller for strip effects and an anti-scalping plate for the uneven surface to give your lawn the perfect look.

The Mountfield 294340063/M13 Princess also comes with a mulching plug that aids the healthy growth of your lawn. Finally, it has a safety switch that automatically stops the rotation of the fan 3 seconds after release, making it quite safe to use.

Pros

  • Powerful 1400w motor engine

  • Reel roller for stripe effect

  • Large grass box capacity

  • Integration of mulching plug for a healthy lawn

  • Wide cutting width

  • Transparent grass box

Cons

  • Limited mobility due to the 15 meter cord

5. Flymo EasiMow 300R Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

The Flymo EasiMow 300R is an electric rotary lawnmower that is great for small and medium gardens. It is very light and easy to move and maneuver. The device is powered by a 1000W motor along with a 10 meters cord. It is environmentally friendly since it makes use of electricity rather than fuel or diesel.

The Flymo EasiMow comes with a flexible cutting height along with a 30cm cutting width. It has a roller for stripe effects and a large 30 liters grass box for storing grass clippings. The detaching and emptying process is also very easy, allowing you to get the mowing of your lawn done in no time.

Lastly, the device is great for manoeuvring due to its incorporation of a dual lever. It weighs 8.4kg making it one of the lightest electric lawn mowers you’d find in the market.

Pros

  • Lightweight mower (easy to push)

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Roller for stripe effect and design

  • Flexible cutting height

Cons

  • Difficult to adjust the cutting height

Buying Guide

Certainly, not everyone is a gardening expert, however, that should not be a deterrent to keeping your yard clean and beautiful. Below is a precise guide that will help you in getting the right product for your garden. Read through and follow the guide judiciously.

How to choose a rotary mower for small gardens?

Power source

The power source of any mower you want to get is very important. Since we are dealing with a small space, the source of power will determine how effective and efficient you get your lawn cut perfectly. Therefore both Electric and Fuel mower would get the job done perfectly. But if you want to be eco-friendly, then the Electric mower is your best option.

Cutting width

The wider the cutting width of your mower the faster you get the job done. No one wants to spend the whole day cutting the lawn. Moreover, it is a small lawn we are dealing with right here. Therefore a 30cm width mower should get the job done efficiently.

The deck

The deck is simply the part that ensures how long you’d get to use your mower. That is its longevity. Lawn Mower can either have a steel deck, plastic deck, and composite deck. The steel will last longer than the plastic and composite deck but surely it is heavier and cost faster.

Drive types

Lawn Mower comes in different drive types and so you must decide which is best for you. They include,

  • Rear-wheel – Designed to fit uneven surface and edge cutting.

  • Front-wheel – These types are designed for more flexibility and maneuvering when mowing.

  • All Wheel – these are great for literally all lawn conditions.

Other features

Other features to look out for include;

  • Rear roller for stripe effect and design

  • Mulching plug for healthy growth of your lawn after mowing.

  • Flexible discharge of grass clippings etc.

Conclusion

Contrary to what’s being said, small lawns very much do need maintenance. And one great place to start is with the lawn. Getting your lawn perfectly mowed is like getting 80% of the job done already.

And so, since everyone is not an expert gardener, it can become quite difficult to choose the best rotary mower for your lawn. Hence, the purpose of this post.

All the mowers listed in this article are great and could be gotten on Amazon at affordable prices. Go through the buying guide once again and pick the mower that best suits your needs. And do note that the rotary mowers listed are mainly great for small lawns. Thank you for reading Best Lawn Mowers For Small Gardens.

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