No, an LED grow light and a UV light are not the same. They exert different impacts on the development of plants.
LED grow lights are used to provide the necessary light spectrum that plants require for photosynthesis and optimum growth. They typically produce a mixture of red, blue, green, and occasionally other colors that are critical for various phases of plant development.
UV lights, on the other hand, release ultraviolet radiation, which includes UVA, UVB, and UVC wavelengths. Although UV lights have many uses, including tanning, curing, and sterilization, they are not expressly designed to encourage plant growth.
While some LED grow lights might have a modest number of supplemental UVA or UVB diodes, they are not predominantly UV lights. To prevent adverse effects on users or plants, the UV component of LED grow lights is frequently constrained and carefully controlled.