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A Guide to Hydroponic Lighting

Hydroponic lighting is a vital component for hydroponic growth, making sure that plants receive the lighting they needed efficiently. Depending on the types of plants you’re growing, you will require a lighting timer so you can easily provide your plants with their individual lighting needs.

These timers give you a safe control of both day and night settings, preventing heat stress and reducing the likelihood of rot. Different types of plants will require different needs:

  • Day neutral plants. Plants, such as eggplant, produce fruit regardless of how much light they receive.

  • Short day plants. Strawberries and cauliflowers are short day plants that need long periods of darkness, so they can photosynthesise and produce flowers.

  • Long day plants. Lettuce, turnips, and spinach are examples of long day plants, needing up to 18 hours of light every day.

CFL Lamps

Compact Fluorescent Lights, or CFL lamps, are composed of either multiple tubes or one small fluorescent tube and a ballast is typically integrated into the lighting through the tubes. Fluorescent lighting is ideal for growth stimulation only in seedlings and young plants due to having low output and generating little heat.

CFL lamps have low running costs due to having a low output, which means that ballasts don’t need to be purchased separately.

LED Lights

Light Emitting Diodes, or LED lights, are relatively recent and becoming popular due to utilising less energy than other lights. Additionally, LED hydroponic lights often last longer than other sources and produce less heat, which can help you save on cooling costs. Growers are able to properly cultivate and grow plants from seed to harvest due to full spectrum output of lights such as the EcoGrow30 LED grow light.

Similarly, LED grow light strips are cost-effective and extremely efficient solutions for propagation or to supplement HID lighting. With a self-cooling technology, these lights are more efficient due to less heat being emitted.

HID Lamps

High Density Discharge lamps, or HID lamps, are composed of high-pressure metal halide and sodium light bulbs. HID lamps have a mixture of bulbs and either a mechanical or an electronic ballast. A ballast maintains and starts the arc through the lamps’ bulb, with electronic ballasts being preferred due to being quieter and highly efficient in addition to being compatible with more than one bulb type.

These lamps have a large output of heat, and they’re advised in conjunction with ventilation and reflectors. HID lamps should be placed two feet above your plants, to ensure that your plants aren’t burned with the heat.

Propagation Lights

Propagation lights have a very high light output while the T5strip lights have low temperature levels. These lights are great cost-effective solutions that can be utilised for both a grow and a propagation phase, either individually or connected.

The NanoTech-enhanced reflector also has less energy input, capturing and reflecting 99.9% of lost light while increasing the lumen availability by 300%. This allows for light to be diffused deeper into plants’ foliage.

Plasma Lights

Plasma grow lights are available in spectrums for both a grow and a supplemental phase. These lights should be utilised by itself during vegetative growth for higher productivity or with High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting for the blooming phase, providing a higher yield and better quality.

Both HPS and Metal Halide lights don’t have blue light, benefitting from plasma lights for the best possible quality of light spectrum. These lights can be placed close to plants to improve light absorption, as they produce very low heat radiation.

Hydroponic lighting to your plants’ needs, making sure that different plants can grow harmoniously together. Contact us to know more about our products - we’re always happy to help and to answer any query you might have.