It can be quite a difficult task to select a suitable lighting solution for your hydroponic garden. Sometimes, it gets difficult to decide on the optimum light that your plants need, control the area covered by these lights, select a proper operating system and many other finer nuances in lighting solutions. Some plants demand more light than others, and therefore for such plants stronger lighting sources are desirable. If you are growing your plants in a glass greenhouse then you’ll have to understand how much light your plants need besides sunlight. There is a variety of Hydroponics equipment in the market which will help you meet your lighting needs. Here’s some of the hydroponic equipment which will provide appropriate lighting solution for your plant.
Spotlight lamps: Spot lights are the most commonly used in hydroponics because of its availability and pricing. Spotlight lamps come in varied sizes and also require different power supply. These lamps are preferred because they are fairly simple and convenient to use, and chosen majorly by home based growers and amateurs. However, they are less dependable compared to various state of the art hydroponic equipment available on the market.
LED Grow Lights: LEDs (Light emitting Diodes), a revolutionary technology in lighting known for its versatility, efficiency and long life is also widely used by hydroponic growers. The main advantage of these lights is that the heat produced by these bulbs is next to nil. Therefore it can be even placed very near to your plants without harming them; and almost anywhere within the grow room. You can set them on top or on sides of your hydroponics systems. LED grow lights can be easily attached or removed from any spot if you feel the lighting arrangement is not the way you planned. A combination of red and blue LEDs is better compared to normal lamps. They are also durable compared to other hydroponic lighting equipment and work efficiently in higher temperatures. Its best feature is it can “tune up” any system, even the less attractive one, you own!
Metal Halide: Metal halide is the latest lighting lamps available on the market and has ability to adjust the lighting intensity and type depending on the requirement of your plants. It can easily switch from metal halide to high pressure sodium and vice versa. This light helps you get closest you can get to the properties of natural light because they come with the high intensity of white light. Metal halide is an ideal grow light solution because it promotes light conditions and temperature that encourage photosynthesis and photoperiod of your plants, therefore making them an ideal hydroponic grow light. With the help of small and cheap Metal Halide fixture you can easily grow weed in a hydroponic system.
High Pressure Sodium: At the initial stage, these lamps will glow pink, but gradually the sodium starts to spread and combines with mercury and turns to a warm orange color. When sodium is energized, it releases light. High pressure sodium lighting systems produce a red/orange spectrum which is an ideal choice if you wish to encourage rapid fruiting, flowering and budding. It lasts longer and is more energy efficient. High pressure sodium lights are widely used in commercial greenhouses, where natural sunlight provides sufficient blue. A combination of the two lights provides the best balanced for indoor grow room, especially when used with a light mover.
Rail Lights: If you have a big grow room and don’t have enough money or space to place many lamps in each cluster of plants, then rail light is for you! For rail lights to work efficiently you’ll have to install it either on ceiling or sides of your grow room and then hydroponic lighting lamp will move with this rail to provide each plant its share of light. With rail lights you don’t have to spend lot of money on individual lights you can provide light with few lamps.