Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 3) Lighting


Article by: John R. Haughton


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There are basically three types of grow lights , The Endearing Language of Flowers used in horticulture. These are:

  • High Intensity Discharge Lights. , Pictures Of Landscaping - Using Other Peoples Ideas To Design Your Landscape (HID)
  • These come in two types, the Metal Halide Grow , A Smoke Bush Unlike Any Other Light(MH) and the High Pressure Sodium Grow , WaterWise Gardening - The Basics Required to Create a WaterWise Garden Light (HPS)

    Metal Halide.
    Metal halide bulbs , Are There Really Black Roses? are designed for plants , The Guide to Cloudy Pool Water during their growing , Mulch Your Spring Bulbs In The Fall For A Beautiful Spring Display cycle. That is, for non-fruiting or non-blooming plants. , Indoor Gardening With Foliage s Metal , Understanding Houseplants halide lighting is therefore the best HID choice for the plant's growing , The Uses of Compost! phase.

    High Pressure Sodium Lights. , Camellias
    The HPS grow light , Growing and Caring for Rhododendrons and Azaleas is used primarily for plants , Finding the Best Pond Pumps that are in their blooming or fruiting phase. Modern high pressure sodium lighting can, however, be bought, which is enhanced for blue , The Endearing Language of Flowers spectrum (for vegetative growth) and for red spectrum (for flowering , The Uses of Compost! growth). This means that they can be used throughout the entire growing , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden process for most types of plant. , Landscape Problems - Things To Look Out For

    Dual light , Robotic Lawn Mowers Keep Burglars Away Systems.
    For optimal performance, switchable systems (400 watt and 1000 watt) and dual light , Pictures Of Landscaping - Using Other Peoples Ideas To Design Your Landscape systems (250 watt MH + 250 watt HPS giving 500 watt output, 400 watt MH + 400 watt HPS giving 800 watt output and 400 watt MH + 600 watt HPS giving 1000 watt output) are available. This type of grow light , Rugged Outdoor Elegance: All Weather Indoor / Outdoor Rugs system gives the best all round lighting choice.

  • Mercury Vapour Lamps.
    Phosphorous coated to promote both blue , Delavay's berry (Vaccinium delavayi) and red spectrums these lamps are suitable for both the growing , Revolutionary New Pond Combines Both Preformed Pond with Watercourse and blooming stages of plant , Waterwise Xeriscaping for an Extraordinary Spring Garden growth. They give off more blue light , Natural Pond Filters - Let Nature Do the Hard Work! that red and are a cheap way to get started, however the lamp wants replacing every nine months as it can become volatile. Mercury vapour lights , Plants - Your New Roommate cost more to run and maintain compared to HPS, MH or fluorescents.

  • Fluorescent Grow Lights. , Growing and Caring for Rhododendrons and Azaleas
    These lights , Getting Started with Garden and Patio Design emit less light , Choosing a Pond Liner – EPDM liners are the optimal choice than high intensity discharge lights , Choosing a Pond Liner – EPDM liners are the optimal choice and although they can be used throughout the plant , How to Grow Hydrangeas cycle their lack of brightness will produce small yields. The light , Growing Palms produced tends to be softer and less damaging to tender young plants. , WaterWise Gardening - The Basics Required to Create a WaterWise Garden For this reason, the fluorescent grow light , Choosing a Pond Liner – EPDM liners are the optimal choice is popular for seedlings and cuttings, an excellent way to establish young plants. , 6 Indoor s That Love The Dark: A Tip From The Garden Center Nursery

  • Ballasts.
    All of the above types of lights , Spring Wedding Flowers use some kind of a ballast system. The one most people are familiar with is the fluorescent light. , Landscape Problems - Things To Look Out For This has, a small, built in, ballast. It allows the fluorescent tube to build up enough energy , Are There Really Black Roses? to strike, and excite the molecules within the tube, causing light , Pictures Of Landscaping - Using Other Peoples Ideas To Design Your Landscape to be given off.

    Metal Halide and HPS grow lights , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System are usually run from remote ballasts. These are external boxes containing the electronics to pre-heat and run the lamp. The ballast is connected to the lamp holder and to the mains power , Delavay's Blueberry (Vaccinium delavayi) supply. Each ballast used is rated for the lamp wattage and so it is necessary to have different ballasts available for each of the different values of lamp to be used. HID bulbs , Camellias should be replaced after 12 to 18 months of use. Although HID lamps will continue to light , Waterwise Xeriscaping for an Extraordinary Spring Garden beyond 18 months of use, they will have lost up to 30 percent or more of their lumen output while consuming the same amount of electricity. , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the Home

    Mercury Vapour Lights. , The Uses of Compost! Most of these lamps, up to a value of 500 watts, require no additional ballast. You just screw , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance them into the lamp holder supplied with your equipment.


    Here is a word of warning about lighting.

    There are an awful lot of companies out there selling lights , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden for the hydroponics , Winter Gardening enthusiast. As in all walks of life, there are good and bad suppliers and manufacturers , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance of lighting equipment. Always look for equipment made by a reputable company and backed by an official testing scheme. (For example the C E mark in Europe means that the article is up to European standards of safety , Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden and quality).

    Cheap, nasty, home , Rose - The Flower of Love and Romance made, dangerous lights , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the Home have dogged the hydroponics , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System market for some years. There are these kinds of light , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance and there are well built, professional grade, horticultural lights , Good Tools and Hard Work is What Creates EyeCatching and Functional Gardens on today's market. The first are often death traps, being cobbled together from the cheapest, obsolete, end of the line components that are usually mismatched and wrongly configured.

    To think that these poorly built, badly wired, misconfigured lights , Gardening Supplies are being fitted in damp, humid and sometimes even wet, grow rooms , Hydrangea Forever & Ever Red is a very scary thought indeed. The installation of these poor quality, dangerous, lights , Growing Palms in your home, , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance where your family lives and plays, is always a very grave risk. All this in the name of a bargain!

    So don't risk your own life or the lives of those who live with you. Buy from a reputable source! Lighting is possibly the most important decision for indoor , Are There Really Black Roses? horticulture, cheap normally represents a health risk. For the sake of saving a relatively small amount of money, is it really worth it?

    You have been warned!

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    A partner in a thriving retail hydroponics , Easy Concrete Pavers supply business, Rickie Haughton is the owner of hydroponics-gardening-information.com which aims to cater for all levels of expertise in the field of hydroponics gardening. , Plants - Your New Roommate The website is packed with good content about all aspects off hydroponics gardening , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home and offers a free newsletter to all subscribers.

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