Hydroponics Lighting

Hydroponics Lighting 101: HID, Plasma, LED, T-5 and Beyond

Here’s a quick hydroponics quiz: What famous song from the ’60s do your marijuana plants sing when you enter your grow room? If you answered, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, you got it right. You are the sun god for your hydroponics indoor plants. Your hydroponics lighting choices are among the most important you make.

Light is food for your marijuana plants, just like fertilizers and C02. Some hydroponics lighting gear propels your marijuana plants to their biggest and most potent yields, but other gear squanders your plants’ potential and your money. It’s that simple.

The root of the problem is that the early hydroponics industry started out by just pirating fluorescent lighting, home lighting, parking lot lighting and similar non-horticultural lighting and marketing it as hydroponics lighting.

This early hydroponics industry decision has had a huge effect on all of us. As High Intensity Discharge (HID) metal halide and high-pressure sodium equipment became the hydroponics lighting standard for serious marijuana growers, it brought massive amounts of heat into our hydroponics marijuana grow rooms.

Importation of heat means that marijuana growers in all but the most favorable climates must invest in expensive air conditioning and other equipment to remove the heat so your garden stays in the ideal temperature range for marijuana.

Think of all the equipment you invest in to provide light to your indoor marijuana plants, and all the equipment you use to remove the heat those lights produce. Air conditioning, fans, air-cooled hoods, chillers…and all of it costs money and electricity.

But excess heat isn’t the only problem created by hydroponics lighting:

  • Most hydroponics lighting lacks the specific wavelengths of light that trigger marijuana to grow faster, bloom earlier, mature earlier and produce more THC.
  • Magnetic core-coil ballasts and most digital ballasts contain built-in design flaws that waste electricity or can damage or explode your HID bulbs. Some of these ballasts also create security risks that can lead to police raids, fires and other hazards.
  • HID lighting runs hot and you have to spend lots of money removing the heat from your hydroponics marijuana grow room.
  • Most hydroponics lighting fixtures fail to provide even distribution of light, resulting in low-light areas of your grow room. This limits your marijuana growth and yield.
  • Some hydroponics lighting gear fails to produce enough light intensity to fuel your marijuana plants for the best growth and yield.
  • So-called new hydroponics lighting technology such as LED has often failed to live up to its promise, and most marijuana growers judge LED lighting as insufficient for bloom phase marijuana.

Fortunately, in the last decade a handful of hydroponics industry scientists and manufacturers have stepped up to give you better hydroponics lighting choices that are specifically designed for indoor hydroponics marijuana growers.

These folks have given us a new and better world of hydroponics lighting equipment that deals with the problems caused by old school hydroponics lighting while boldly exploring how lighting can be used to give you more THC and more harvest weight.

Check out this video from hydroponics manufacturer and grow expert Michael “Big Mike” Straumietis of Advanced Nutrients…the only hydroponics manufacturer who has ever had the courage and intelligence to make how-to hydroponics videos for marijuana growers!

After making this video, Big Mike told his scientists to get to work figuring out how to make hydroponics lighting and reflectors that make your crops yield bigger and you spend less money on electricity. Advanced Nutrients’ research led to a much-needed modernization of hydroponics lighting…

For one thing, Straumietis’s scientists and engineers built you HID bulbs that have the specific light spectrum your plants need for faster growth, bigger yields and more THC. On top of that, he created low-frequency digital ballasts that save you money, reduce heat, increase bulb life and intensity, and increase your hydroponics grow room security.

Just by putting Advanced Nutrients Baddass ballasts, bulbs and their Melonhead reflector in your grow op you can save money while growing heavier, more valuable marijuana. You’ve got to see this gear in action for you right now!

In most hydroponics media and hydroponics retail stores, you see hype for LEDs, induction lighting and other types of “new” hydroponics lighting, but when you look at the facts and talk to the most successful professional growers who’ve tested the lighting on marijuana, you find out that innovation offered by companies like Advanced Nutrients is where our bright future really is.

The bottom line is you definitely get higher-value marijuana by investing in modernized hydroponics lighting. You and your marijuana plants will be glad you did. And now hit the next video and sing along with your plants before you jump in your vehicle to go get 21st century hydroponics marijuana lighting at your local grow store…

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