Hydroponic plants require a healthy light source to produce their own food for growth. Since most hydroponic growers prefer their garden to be built indoor, grow lights play an important role. Hydroponic grow lights come in a variety of types that include full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs, metal halide grow lamps, high pressure sodium lights, and high-intensity LED grow lights. Among them, T5 fluorescent lights and LED are designed to support bigger growth with improved quality bulbs. We are confident to say the future outcome for hydroponic growing using these lights because of the experienced team and their success cases. Read our story if you are interested!
For T5 lights, the letter ‘T’ indicates the shape of the bulb (tubular) and the number after the ‘T’ represents the diameter of the bulb. These lights have a reflector which focuses the light directly to your plants by supplying 3 times more light. The structure of a four foot high T5 lamps, produce 5000 lumens each and make very high-quality grow lights with the help of color spectrum wavelengths. You can place these lights as low as you want in some hydroponic systems with no damage to the plants.
T5 bulbs are extremely thin at 5/8″ diameter rather than the standard 1½” diameter of fluorescent tubes. This slim profile makes T5 fluorescent bulbs more efficient than standard fluorescent. T5 lights offer many benefits over standard fluorescent that include longer lamp life, power efficiency, extremely high lumen out, output per watt and small size. Leave your T5 grow lights on for up to eight hours each day for short-day plants such as azaleas, begonias and chrysanthemums. Plants like spinach, barley and wheat need 14 to 18 hours of exposure to the T5 fluorescent light per day. Replace your T5 grow light when the ends darken. Once the ends have darkened, your T5 fluorescent bulbs produce as little as half of their normal light output.
The advantages of using T5 fluorescent grow lights for your plants are:
- T5 grow lights have a good amount of lumens per watt (LPW) of all fluorescent lights
- Fluorescent grow lights are perfect for placing close to young plants
- Low bulb cost, compared to HID lighting
- You can easily attach them together to form the T5 grow system
Likewise, the LED grow lights also provide immense benefits to the hydroponic plants. With the advancements in lighting technology, more people are considering LED grow lights when getting involved in hydroponics gardening. LED is energy efficient light and can save 40% to 75% of your electricity when compared to a traditional grow light. An LED grow light is almost 100% efficient and all the energy that goes into the light is produced as light and not heat. The light is then absorbed by your plants resulting in better growth. These eco-friendly lights give hydroponic growers the facility to select specific light levels and color temperatures to produce the best buds.
There are many types of LED and florescent grow lights available in the market. As a hydroponic grower, you have to be very careful in selecting the correct lights for the gardening purpose.