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High-Tech Hydroponics Lighting Gear for Cooler Hydroponics Gardening

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One of the biggest costs of your hydroponics indoor garden is electricity, air conditioning and hydroponics lighting equipment. Now here comes some great ways to get more hydroponics light with lower electricity costs.

Light delivery is the most important part of a reflector…that’s what they’re supposed to do: reflect maximum light onto your hydroponics plants.

Let’s start with the Melonhead air-cooled reflector. Before I got the Melonhead I had used almost all the reflectors on the market with my 1000 watt HID bulbs. I was sick of all of them and grateful for the Melonhead, which only came on the scene last year. That fact means the manufacturer had the chance to note design and performance problems with other reflectors, so they built the Melonhead to avoid those problems.

The reflectors I tried and discarded—the Silver Star, the Hydrofarm Cool Tube, the Hydrofarm Daystar, and the Adjust-A-Wing—all have serious problems with materials, workmanship, and how they deliver light.

Some of them cost a couple of hundred dollars, but were so rickety and poorly-designed that I brought them back to the hydroponics store for a refund within a couple of days of installing them. Total waste of time and money.

Light delivery is the most important part of a reflector…that’s what they’re supposed to do: reflect maximum light onto your hydroponics plants. I spend a lot of time in my grow room with sunglasses on, watching how the light falls on my hydroponics plants.

With those other reflectors, I noticed light leaks from the side or top junctions, or the air-cool tube itself. I noticed hot spots of light either under the reflector or inside the reflector, and sometimes even on the walls of my hydroponics grow room.

Even using a light mover, these problems rob my hydroponics plants of light that I am paying electricity bills for. And the less light reaching my plants, the slower they grow and the smaller they yield.

The Melonhead is a new and better type of hydroponics lighting reflector engineering. It’s almost two feet by two feet and is an air-cooled unit with a eight-inch diameter tempered glass bulb tube that’s 18 inches long.

The reflective material inside the unit is dimpled European aluminum, which is at the top rank of reflective metals for hydroponics lighting and is light and bright.

It was obvious to me from the moment I fired up the bulb in my Melonhead for the first time that the valuable sweet spot of maximum light was spread over the entire coverage area of the reflector.

Instead of relying on old school designs and materials like the other reflectors, these boys went back to the drawing boards and drew up a new design with new materials and a guarantee that gives you the assurance you need for the best workmanship and reliability.

The formerly light-deprived areas of my gardens (on the margins and into the deeper areas under the top canopy of leaves) were getting more light and better penetration.

I pair this reflector with the quietest and most powerful eight-inch exhaust fan- the BaddAss Blower. Using high-quality materials and 21st century design, these blowers run better, last longer and suck more air than comparably-sized blowers.

The smart thing is that it removes heat at the source: the bulb. In hydroponics rooms with non-cooled reflectors, the heat travels to the plants and all over the room, and you have to pay for air conditioning to remove it. The air-cooled reflector doesn’t remove quite as much heat as a water-cooled lighting system, but it’s way easier to set up and doesn’t require a chiller.

The Melonhead is the kind of innovation in hydroponics lighting technology that we’ve long needed. Instead of relying on old school designs and materials like the other reflectors, these boys went back to the drawing boards and drew up a new design with new materials and a guarantee that gives you the assurance you need for the best workmanship and reliability.

Now I can grow flowers the size of melons, and enjoy the large hydroponics lighting sweet spot that my hydroponics plants love. Of the many things you can do to enhance the yield and potency of your hydroponics crop, replacing your old reflector with the Melonhead is inexpensive, easy and effective. Take a look at the hydroponics video with this article, and you’ll see what I mean!

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