WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INDUCTION LIGHTING?

Induction lights have many of the same advantages of LED lights. They are energy efficient, the bulb never needs to be replaced, and they have a long warranty. They also run cool and are able to convert up to 95% of the wattage that goes into them into PAR usable light. While they are more […]

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INDUCTION LIGHTING?2019-05-09T10:52:32-07:00

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF LED LIGHTS?

BD-platinumLED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) are widely considered to be the future of plant grow lighting. This is because LED manufacturers are achieving better and better control over the spectrum of light that comes out of LED fixtures through fine-tuning the array of LED’s on the panel. LED […]

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF LED LIGHTS?2019-05-09T10:48:41-07:00

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN T5’S, T8’S, T12’S AND COMPACT FLUORESCENTS?

FLC200D-300x153T5’s, T8’s, T12’s, also known as “linear fluorescents”, are all the long, tube shaped bulbs that we are all familiar with. The bigger the number after the “T” the bigger the bulb. T12’s are the typical “shop light” bulbs and T8’s are what the lighting in most […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN T5’S, T8’S, T12’S AND COMPACT FLUORESCENTS?2017-11-13T11:49:28-07:00

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING T5 FLUORESCENT LIGHTING FOR PLANT GROWTH?

T5 lamps provide the ideal spectrum for plant growth. Photosynthesis rates peak at 435 nm and 680 nm. A 6500K T5 lamp has a spectral distribution with relative intensity peaks at 435 nm and 615 nm. This equates to very little wasted light energy in terms of plant growth. T5 lamps promote incredible health and […]

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING T5 FLUORESCENT LIGHTING FOR PLANT GROWTH?2017-11-13T00:37:04-07:00

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MAGNETIC HID BALLASTS AND ELECTRONIC / DIGITAL HID BALLASTS?

FLP48-300x190Traditionally, fluorescent lighting was used for seedlings, cuttings and plants with low light-level requirements and HID was used for established plants and plants with higher light-level requirements. Advances in fluorescent lighting technology, however, have provided more options for horticulturists.  T5 fluorescent’s high-light output combined with its low […]

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MAGNETIC HID BALLASTS AND ELECTRONIC / DIGITAL HID BALLASTS?2019-05-09T10:36:51-07:00

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MH AND HPS WITH REGARDS TO PLANT GROWTH?

Metal Halide (MH) lamps provide more of the blue spectrum, which is ideal for leafy crops, and/or plants that are in a vegetative stage. MH lamps provide a more natural appearance in color and are typically the choice for plants that have little to no natural light […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MH AND HPS WITH REGARDS TO PLANT GROWTH?2019-05-09T10:34:08-07:00

WHAT IS HID LIGHTING?

HID lighting stands for High Intensity Discharge, which is a type of light that is one of the more intense (brighter) types of of lighting available. An HID lighting system consists of a ballast, reflector, socket and lamp (light bulb). The ballast acts like the engine, converting […]

WHAT IS HID LIGHTING?2019-05-09T10:32:32-07:00

WHAT DO THE TERMS “COLOR TEMPERATURE” (K) AND “LUMEN” MEAN?

Color Temperature is not how hot the lamp is. Color temperature is the relative whiteness of a piece of tungsten steel heated to that temperature in degrees Kelvin. For example, High Pressure Sodium lamps (HPS) have a warm (red) color temperature of around 2700K as compared to Metal Halide (MH) at 4200K, which has a […]

WHAT DO THE TERMS “COLOR TEMPERATURE” (K) AND “LUMEN” MEAN?2019-05-09T10:29:38-07:00

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VISIBLE LIGHT AND LIGHTING SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR PLANT GROWING ?

While the sun is the best “grow light” ever invented, only part of the light that comes from the sun is used by plants for photosynthesis. The photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) contains the wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers, and falls just within the so-called visible spectrum (380-770nm). The total visible spectrum is perceived by […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VISIBLE LIGHT AND LIGHTING SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR PLANT GROWING ?2017-11-13T00:32:07-07:00