As any first year engineering student is aware, heat destroys electronics. That’s the first challenge of designing next generation LED grow lights. Fortunately, our team is getting pretty good at solving this problem with our proprietary LED heat sink technology.
LED lights operate at much cooler physical temperatures and convert more electrical energy input into useful light rather than wasteful excess heat. Nonetheless, heat will build up in the semiconductor driver circuitry of an LED light, and that heat can degrade performance and shorten the life of the fixture and system over time, not to mention that excess heat is a major factor in indoor cultivation facilities.
To improve performance and extend the LED fixture’s useful lifespan, manufacturers typically utilize some form of passive thermal management technology that draws heat away from the base of the light where it is dissipated into the ambient surroundings. We’ve taken that a step further.
SpecGrade LED has pushed this passive thermal management concept into the next generation with proprietary LED heat sinks and passive cooling technology that are incorporated directly into every one of our LED grow light fixtures. Fans only create potentieal points of failure and energy consumption requirements. Just simple, innovative design.
The Robust Engineering of a Built-in Heat Sink
The LED heat sink technology we pioneered in our industrial and hazardous location fixtures combines multiple double-folded aluminum fins that provide more than 70 square feet of heat transfer surface with thermal bonding that improves the movement of built up heat from the base of an LED light and into the ambient environment. Without this technology, an LED grow light system would require fans or other active systems to cool the light fixtures. Those fans, however, often place a heavier load on electricity supply systems and substantially increase a growing facility’s utility costs. Not to mention, should they fail the light will fail jepordizing the plant(s)
SpecGrade LED’s heat sink technology is more than just a set of old-school fins that are attached to an existing product. Our engineers have specifically designed our OpticPAR™ grow lights from the ground up with heat sinks built into the housing design and configured to optimize all aspects of indoor grow lighting performance.
Different plant varietals that are commonly cultivated in indoor growing facilities pose different lighting challenges. A cultivator, for example, might need to mount lighting fixtures in close proximity to plants for optimum chlorophyll generation in those plants. Fixtures that operate at too high of a physical temperature or that are not designed specifically for cultivation facilities will not give the cultivator the flexibility to do this. SpecGrade LED met this challenge by engineering an integrated fixture housing with electronics, optics, and advanced heat sink technology that work together to provide a precision lighting instrument that gives years of high-quality lighting performance and complete control to the grower.
SpecGrade LED’s engineering has also factored in the high-humidity environments that are common in indoor plant cultivation facilities. A fixture that is not designed for that environment will experience corrosion and degradation as ambient moisture seeps into the fixture over time. SpecGrade LED has designed our OpticPAR™ technology to be moisture resistant, with exterior finishes and casings that are more impervious to humidity and corrosion-resistant materials for the greatest advance in LED grow lighting on the modern market.