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 HYDROPONIC LIGHTING - WHAT IS BEST?

Use Hydroponic Lighting Effectively

HOW LIGHTING WORKS WITH HYDROPONIC GARDENING SYSTEMS

What kind of Lighting works best for Indoor Hydroponic Systems and/or Indoor Soil Gardening?

Let’s answer a question with a question!

What do you want to grow in your indoor garden?

Let’s say you would like a fragrant gardenia or rose bush in your entry hall or corner of your bath or bed room.

Ideally it would  be situated under a skylight where  the sunlight  could easily be supplemented with spotlights of a full daylight spectrum grow lights from two sides.  
                                                                                                 
                                                                                              
Getting the picture?                                      Let’s say you would like a fragrant gardenia bush in your entry hall or corner of your bath or bed room.  Ideally it would  be situated under a skylight where  the sunlight  could easily be supplemented with spotlights of a full daylight spectrum incandescent grow lights from two sides.

We all know that plants need light to exist, grow  and perform their magic of giving us the beautiful fragrant blossoms,  followed by fruits, flowers and vegetables.

Ideally, any lighting we supply for our indoor plants or gardens can be supplemented at least part of the time by sunlight through a window or a skylight.

There are hydroponic systems that are long and narrow
and do quite well along the side of a window. There are even heat mats built for these long systems that warm your seedlings and plants up from the bottom encouraging both young seedling and mature growth.


For an outdoor soil garden people throughout the years have generally relied only on our sun for the light they need to grow their produce and flowers.

Light bulbs deliver only a part of the necessary light that plants need to grow indoors but they deliver enough light for plants to survive and grow adequately if allowed, being fed and supplemented by the best plant nutrients that they need to perform each function of their lives.

Indoors we create, employ and control our own atmosphere.  What a concept!
The artificial “sun” can shine indoors for  24 hours  a day using T5 full spectrum lighting to hasten vegetative growth.
Hydrofarm Light Movers do a great job of mimicking the sun by moving back and forth over your grow area using your choice of grow bulb, high pressure sodium or metal halide.

Plants love it.  Most or all  non blossoming plants don’t require the long periods of rest for 10 to 12 hours that they get outdoors.  For them it’s a waste of grow time



                                                    . If you have an indoor hydroponics or soil garden growing carrots or greens including all varieties of lettuce: Arugula, mesclun, bib,  or leaf there is no reason at all that I know  to ever turn off your grow lights: vegetative growth thereby continuing for 24 hours a day.                                 You should be eating  your own fresh baby lettuce salad in around 30 days after planting your seeds.  However when you are looking for flowering blossoms for your cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. to form their fruit or when you are wanting blooms on your flowers we have to go back to the old-fashioned concept of  6 to 12 hours of dark rest per night for them.

If you have an indoor hydroponics system or soil garden growing carrots or greens including all varieties of lettuce:   Arugula, mesclun, bib,  or leaf there is no reason at all that I know  to ever turn off your grow lights: vegetative growth thereby continuing for 24 hours a day.                               

You should be eating  your own fresh baby lettuce salad in around 30 days after planting your seeds.

However when you are looking for flowering blossoms for your cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. to form their fruit or when you are wanting blooms on your flowers we have to go back to the old-fashioned concept of  6 to 12 hours of dark rest per night .
 

Too much light and not enough dark rest on flowering plants will send plants back to vegetative growth putting off or inhibiting their blossoming.

The closer the plant is to its light source the better and faster it will grow as long as it is not close enough to  burn or receive too much heat from the light.

Fortunately there are "cool" bulbs that will give you the full daylight spectrum without the heat.  
You can put them as close to your plants as you like and watch the fascinatingly fast growth.

For a vegetable garden,  salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans depending upon its length a 2 ft or 4 ft. fluorescent light fixture containing a T5 full spectrum daylight grow bulb could provide everything you need as far as lighting goes                                           The closer the plant is to its light source the better and faster it will grow as long as it is not close enough to  burn or receive too much heat from the light.  Fortunately there are “cool” bulbs that will give you the full daylight spectrum without the heat.   You can put them as close to your plants as you like and watch the fascinatingly fast growth.  For a vegetable garden,  salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans depending upon its length a 2 ft or 4 ft. fluorescent light fixture containing a T5 full spectrum daylight grow bulb could provide everything you need as far as


Hydrofarm Light Movers are available to move smaller grow lights back and forth over a long indoor hydroponic garden.

Reflectors are a productive addition to increase the area of light on your garden.

That covers lighting for just about anything to grow well and survive adequately indoors.

Now let’s go for spectacular!  

What kind of lighting do we need for dramatic flower blooms in your indoor hydroponic garden or indoor soil garden?

How about high intensity discharge (HID) lamps which are very very bright. 



 LED Lighting in all colors of the light spectrum can be used at the right time for a specific  intense light flow for increasing flowering and fruiting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gardeners use the intense brightness of the HID lamps to replace natural sunlight indoors and grow outstanding blooming plants. and receive a higher harvest.  A horizontal  HID light reflector system hanging as close to your flowering plants as you can get can give you spectacular results all else being equal:  temperature, humidity, nutrients.
Indoor gardeners use the intense brightness of the HID lamps to replace natural sunlight indoors and grow outstanding blooming plants. and receive a higher harvest.

A horizontal  HID  Light Reflector system hanging as close to your flowering plants as you can get can give you spectacular results all else being equal:  temperature, humidity, nutrients.

A 1000-watt HID emits a lot of light and also radiates a lot of heat.  Many indoor gardeners find that (3) 400-watt bulbs can cover more growing area than one 1000-watt and can be hung closer to plants.

A lot of indoor gardeners rely on the higher yellow lights as found in the Agrosun Gold   for increased flowering.  Others say it’s the increased red part of the spectrum as found in  Agrosun Red  that works best for them. 

                                                               Again others swear by metal halide lamps and others say only the high pressure sodium lamps produce the best blooms.  So it seems to be a choice of what works best for each individual and their own garden circumstances.  Anyway an abundance of a variety of lighting is all out there and readily available online to try.

Again others swear by  metal halide lamps  and others say only the high pressure sodium lamps produce the best blooms.

So it seems to be a choice of what works best for each individual and their own garden circumstances.

Anyway an abundance of a variety of lighting is all out there and readily available online to try.  
Try whatever appeals to you and see what works right for your indoor garden.


Plenty of room for individual creativity in indoor gardening and lighting.

Do your own thing!   

 Make it work right for you just the way you thought it would.
 
 
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