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Hydroponics Grow Lights & Digital Ballasts: New Grow Light Science For Bigger Yields Featured

  • Written by  Nigel Salazar
How scientists find the best hydroponics grow light digital ballasts… How scientists find the best hydroponics grow light digital ballasts…

 

Your hydroponics plants need to eat more than C02, water, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other fertilizer elements—they also need to eat photons. They eat light! That’s why indoor growers have grow lights.

Light drives photosynthesis: the main metabolic process that fuels plant life.

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You could be doing everything else right in your grow room, but if your plants are light-starved, they’ll suffer, and you’ll get slower growth and smaller yields.

But hydroponics grow lights aren’t a one size fits all thing, and neither is light itself. In fact, light comes in different “color temperatures,” intensities, and wavelengths.

Your hydroponics plants evolved to take in sunlight, which has very different intensity and wavelength than most grow lights generate using electricity.

Not only that, but scientists have recently discovered that your hydroponics plants have a very narrow wavelength range of light that they want to take in.

If you give them adequate intensity of light comprised of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) desired by your plants, they’ll grow faster, produce heavier harvests, and higher quality harvests that are worth more to you.

One crucial thing to remember: hydroponics lighting doesn’t always deliver the right PAR or enough light intensity for your plants.

If you’re using CFL, induction lighting, LED, high-output T5 florescent, or similar low-heat grow lights, you’re likely not getting the intensity or the PAR that maximize your plants’ production and growth rate.

That’s why most indoor hydroponics growers use high intensity discharge (HID metal halide or high pressure sodium) lighting, or plasma lighting. Plasma is recommended only for gardens with shorter plants. For full-size plants in large gardens, HID is the hydroponics grow light standard.

Modern Grow Lights Depend on Digital Ballasts…
How Dependable Are They?

HID hydroponics lighting is dependent on an electronic device called a ballast. The brand and type of ballast you use makes a difference in how well your plants grow, how long your expensive metal halide and high pressure sodium bulbs last, how much light your bulbs send out, how consistent and high-quality that light is, and how much electricity you use.

In the video accompanying this article, you’ll see a scientist explaining the concept of clean light versus dirty light.

The scientist is analyzing the most popular HID hydroponics lighting digital ballasts, and explaining how the components, manufacturing and design of digital ballasts influences the cost and quality of the light your plants get.

Digital ballasts only came on the scene a few years ago, and they feature many advantages over old school magnetic core and coil ballasts. A grow light digital ballast may reduce heat, last longer, and be smaller, quieter, and lighter than core and coil ballasts.

Some digital ballasts are dimmable, or they can be used to run metal halide and high pressure sodium bulbs, so they’re more versatile than old school ballasts.

But digital ballasts are only as good as the components, design, and materials used to make them.

In this highly useful video, the scientist puts the most popular ballasts to the test and you easily see the differences.

You’ll notice that one ballast incorporates a totally different combination of technology, design, workmanship, and materials than you see in the other digital ballasts tested.

That uniquely different digital ballast generates more light using less electricity. It powers bulbs brighter for longer, and the ballast itself lasts longer. It reduces radio frequency interference (common to most hydroponics lighting ballasts), making for a more secure gardening situation.

On top of that, this particular digital ballast reduces the possibility of safety problems. Other ballasts have been known to explode or otherwise damage bulbs!

When you pair this ballast with HID bulbs made specifically to deliver the PAR your plants want, you’re giving your garden the best grow light possible that fuels your most productive growth and yields.

It isn’t often that we get to see hydroponics grow light science so vividly explained for your needs as a hydroponics grower.

This fascinating hydroponics grow light video is eye candy (check out the cool waveforms on the tech equipment) and it’s also mind candy, because it shows you how to feed your plants the best HID hydroponics light for the least amount of money. Take a look...

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