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Get These 7 Benefits When You Use LED Grow Lights

Instant Light

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Unlike HID and fluorescent bulbs that require around three minutes or more to achieve the optimum light output, LED lights can provide full brightness the second you switch them on. There’s also no restrike delay. How brilliant!

Rapid Succession

Other lights tend to have shorter lifespans when they’re regularly turned on and off. With LEDs, however, you won’t have to deal with this issue. LED grow lights are unaffected by rapid succession, making them ideal for use with daylight sensors.

Toughness

LED lights plants indoor gardeningLED grow lights are almost 100% immune to breaking and vibrations because they have no glass enclosures and filaments. LEDs don’t use glass—they are instead mounted on a circuit board and linked with soldered leads.

Energy efficiency

This is the most-appreciated benefit of LED lights. Growers love the fact that LEDs use around 50% less energy than traditional fluorescent, incandescent, and halogen lights, making LEDs the best option. These lights save electricity costs. Since they target light in a specific area, they release light hemispherically unlike other bulbs that emit light and heat in all directions. Thanks to this directional lighting power of LEDs, they don’t waste energy and light.

Cool Temperature Operation

LEDs work well even when the temperature drops, unlike fluorescent lamps that require a higher voltage to start. This makes LEDs best for refrigerated display freezers, cases, and cold storage spaces.

No Infrared or Ultraviolet Emissions

Most of the power utilized by incandescent lights are converted to infrared (IR) or radiated heat, and only less than 10% is converted to visible light. Take note that too much heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation poses (literally) burning threats to people, plants, and materials. LEDs, however, don’t discharge IR or UV.

Long lifespan

LEDs don’t burn out; they just dim over time. But the good news is they can last for up to 30,000-50,000 hours or even longer! Compared to a standard incandescent bulb which lasts only around 1,000 hours and to a compact fluorescent which lasts 8,000-10,000 hours, LED grow lights are clearly the perfect option.

What are you waiting for? Tweak your growing setup by using LED grow lights now!

 

 

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Cutting Wood with Your Jigsaw

Skil_jigsawAs the master of cutting different shapes in various materials, the jigsaw never fails to gain more fans by the minute. Every woodworker, carpenter, and DIY lover who wants to step up their carving game owns a jigsaw. If you’re a horse lover, I won’t be surprised if you carve horses with wood using a jigsaw from sawingpros.com.

However, to cut wood properly, you’ll need the right blade. The jigsaw blade makes the jigsaw a powerful, versatile tool for cutting intricate shapes and making bevel and compound cuts in wood.

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Use the right blade to cut for the following types of wood:

Type of Wood Blade Material Style of Teeth
Softwood High Carbon Steel Side – rough, quick cuts
Bi-metal Taper – finer, slower cuts
Hardwood High-Speed Steel Side – rough, quick cuts
Bi-metal Taper – finer, slower cuts

Tips for Cutting Wood:

  • Jigsaws are ideal for cutting softwood up to 1-1/2-inch thick and hardwood that’s not more than ¾-inch thick. Jigsaw blades are prone to bend when cutting up curves in thicker wood, leaving a beveled edge instead of a square one. To achieve a square edge, use a sharp blade and don’t force the saw through the cut.
  • If you want to plunge cut or make an entry saw cut at the center of the wood, tip your jigsaw so that the blade will be parallel to the workpiece and the jigsaw’s weight can rest on the front lip of the shoe. Start at maximum speed, tilt the shoe, and lower the stabbing blade into the wood. If the material is fragile, drill a ½-inch starter hole first before you position the blade.

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  • If you want to make quick cuts, use a rougher blade. But remember, the rougher the blade, the longer the sanding will be later. If your jigsaw comes with orbital adjustments, take note that the higher the speed setting and orbital action, the quicker and easier the cut will be. But then, you’ll be left with a coarser cut. If you really wish to do quick cuts, though, then it’s safe to select the higher settings. You can always sand them later anyway.
  • Lastly, you should be aware that the jigsaw wood-cutting blades are made to make the teeth cut on the upstroke. Select a downstroke-cutting blade if the job involves fine wood like veneers and requires less chipping. But you can also put masking tape on the cutting line path prior to drawing on the pattern line.

 

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