Researchers and growers use Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density, better known as PPFD, to measure the photons that actually hitting the plant. PPFD measures how many photons are hitting an area per second. PPFD is reported in micromoles per meter squared per second, or umol/m2/s, by using a quantum sensor to a spot measurement.
PPFD is similar to lux. It is a per area measurement. Lumens are to PPF as lux is to PPFD. For reference, to convert lux to PPFD you would multiply the lux reading by a conversion factor. The conversion factor varies depending on the light source. For instance, sunlight has a conversion factor of 0.0185. A HPS lamp uses a conversion factor or 0.0122. Example: 70,000 lux * 0.0122 = 854 umol/s/m2. To convert PPFD to lux, multiply the PPFD by a different conversion factor. Sunlight has a conversion factor of 54, while a HPS lamp has a conversion factor of 82. Example: 400 umol/s.m2 * 82 = 32,800 lux. For comparison, mid-day sun has a value of approximately 110,000 lux. Converted to PPFD, this is 1342 umol/s/m2.
There are two other phrases related to photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) that you need to understand when growing medicinal plants. Those phrases are Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD) and Micromoles (μmols). This is the light intensity requirements for medicinal plants.
The light loses strength as it travels from source to endpoint (from grow light to plant). You’ll notice on most grow light intensity charts, the PPFD numbers decrease with increased distance from the light.
That’s why paying attention to your grow light hanging height is so important when growing medicinal plants.
Then I will recommend several high quality LED grow light with PPFD.
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