AND NOW COMES THE LIGHTING!!!!
What can we say about the importance of providing high-quality lighting to our plants? Well I know you can’t be “Better Than Nature” with a poor fluorescent or a 2 year old HID bulb. BTN Staff can assist you in planning out your grow area and we will make certain that you have sufficient light for all your plants.
WHAT TYPE OF LIGHT DO I USE? FLUORESCENTS are fine for starting seeds or cuttings, but are not powerful enough to light an area more than 8-10" below the bulb. Although more efficient than incandescents, they are still much less efficient than HID light systems. HID (High Intensity Discharge) light systems have revolutionized indoor gardening in the last two decades. They are the most energy efficient grow lights available, so they produce much more light for the amount of power consumed. BTN offers a wide variety of lighting in MH and HPS. Metal Halide (MH) bulbs emit a light spectrum which appears blue-white to the human eye. This color spectrum is more conducive for vegetative growth, or starting seeds & clones. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulbs emit a spectrum which is more concentrated in red/orange light. This color is ideal for the fruiting and flowering stage of a plant's development. It is a good multi-purpose light as well. Larger wattage systems will cover larger growing areas, and since these bulbs produce greater light intensity they are superior for growing taller plants such as tomatoes.
Most gardeners use at least 25 watts per square foot of garden space. You may need less if your lamp is used to supplement natural sunlight, or if you are growing a plant that does not require as much light (ie: lettuce). However, many gardeners prefer to double or even triple the recommended wattage to achieve faster growth rates. There is really no such thing as too much light, but using a big light in a small space will sometimes result in high temperatures that are difficult to control. Keep in mind that plants need periods of darkness too. Most indoor gardeners use supplemental lighting from 10 - 16 hrs per day.
NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH IT? Keep an HID bulb about 30" - 36" above the top of your plants. (This is an average distance...lower wattage bulbs may be placed closer, while higher wattage bulbs may need to be placed further away). Higher wattage bulbs provide more intense light for large growing areas. Lower wattage systems are used for smaller garden areas. Note: the height of the reflector/fixture above the plants will also affect coverage area.
Average coverage area by wattage:
- 150/175 watts - 2' x 2'
- 250 watts - 3' x 3'
- 400 watts - 4' x 4'
- 600 watts - 6.5' x 6.5'
- 1000 watts - 8' x8'
T5 Lighting Products - FHD SunBlaster T5’s are simple to use. These incredible lamps are excellent for cuttins as well as supplementary lighting for plants. NO HEAT, NO POWER, JUST FLOWER! Just plug in and grow! No wiring is required on ballast replacements, simply snap out the old fixture and snap in the new one - it's that easy! Experience the Difference
T5 High-Output Advantages:
- Link T5's together with our link cable. (supplied)
- Each bulb provides 6400K of perfectly balanced Full Spectrum Lighting.
- Perfect for lush, healthy, green cuttings or seedlings! Make your bedding plants Blue Ribbon performers!
- 3 sizes - 2', 3', and 4' (574mm, 874mm, 1174mm).
- Easily and discreetly mounted anywhere.
- Excellent for under cabinet lighting.
- Glare elimination and reduced eye strain in working and living areas.
- Incredibly cost efficient. Up to 50% energy savings compared to a standard fluorescent.