Hydroponics Grow Lamps: Shedding Light on Your Indoor Gardening Efforts
Hydroponics has been gaining steam lately. When the concept was introduced more than 80 years ago, it was more of a novelty than a practicality. Today, though, it’s getting a great deal more attention.
As the world’s fresh water supply and viable farmland continue to dwindle, being able to grow produce using no soil and up to 90 percent less water than with conventional means could easily be the key to humanity’s survival. At Agron, we carry the full range of supplies needed to ensure hydroponic crops thrive and produce maximum yields.
Taking a Brief Look at the Hydroponics Essentials
It’s no secret plants need certain basic essentials in order to grow properly. First off, they require vitamins and minerals. Traditionally, their roots draw these nutrients from the soil. Since no soil is used in hydroponics, plants must glean their sustenance from growth media and nutrient-rich solutions.
Regardless of the gardening techniques being used, plants require a certain amount of water. Light and heat are also vital. While the sun provides the latter elements for outdoor plants, those grown indoors get them from artificial sources. Of course, standard incandescent bulbs won’t suffice. Specially designed grow lamps offering full-spectrum light and controlled heat are required.
Exploring the Different Types of Grow Lights
Several types of grow lamps are available for indoor gardening. Each one has its own set of benefits and disadvantages. Certain lights are suitable for specific phases of the growing process as well.
Fluorescent Bulbs: Fluorescent bulbs are among the most popular options for indoor growing. They don’t give off a great deal of heat, so they’re often used for small spaces where a little heat goes a long way and little room is available to move plants further away from their light and heat sources. These bulbs are also perfect for use during plants’ vegetative states and for leafy greens that don’t flower or produce fruits or vegetables since they require less intense light.
High-Pressure Sodium Lamps: High-pressure sodium bulbs give off strong yellow light and more intense heat than some of their counterparts. This means they’re more suitable for the flowering stage when plants need more light and warmth.
Metal Halide Bulbs: Like HPS lights, metal halide lamps are high-intensity options. One major difference, though, is the type of light being produced. Metal halide bulbs give off blue light and are best for the vegetative state of growth or non-flowering plants.
- LED Lights: LED grow lights are known for their longevity. They can provide up to 50,000 hours of light before needing to be replaced. Since these types of lamps produce a broad spectrum of light, they can be used for all types of plants in various stages of growth. They generate less heat and could be considered more efficient than other types of lamps as well.
While some types of lamps offer more effective light for flowering plants, others are more appropriate for leafy varieties. Certain lights can accommodate all growing needs. Depending on the plants being grown and their specific needs, some lamps may not be suitable. If you’re unsure of which one would be best for your garden, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts for help.
Agron’s Versatile Selection of Grow Lamps
Agron offers a vast selection of grow lamps specifically designed to help plants flourish and reach their full potential. We carry bulbs from the most trusted names in the lighting and hydroponics equipment fields. Take a look at some of the brands and varieties in our grow light collection.
Eye Hortilux® HPS: This double-ended, high-pressure sodium bulb offers a great deal of versatility and can be operated at various wattages. At 1,000 watts, it generates 1,950 micromoles per joule of photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) and 2,100 micromoles per joule when operated at 1,150 watts.
Eye Hortilux® e-Start Metal Halide Lamps: Also manufactured by Hortilux, this e-start metal halide lamp was developed for use with electronic and digital ballasts. It offers the perfect lighting spectrum for plants in their early and vegetative stages.
Par Pro® 1100-Watt Hyper Arc® HPS Lamp: Best used during the flowering and fruit-producing growth phase, the Par Pro® 1,100-watt Hyper Arc® lamp can generate as many as 2,380 micromoles per joule. It can be used on various settings and is designed for use with high-frequency electronic ballasts or certain types of magnetic models.
Nanolux - DE High-Pressure Sodium Lamp: Offering improved efficiency when compared to some other types of bulbs, this Nanolux HPS double-ended lamp generates 1,000 watts of high-intensity light.
Iluminar: We carry a number of Iluminar lamps in varying wattages and varieties. From the 600-watt, double-ended HPS bulb to the 1,500 micromoles per joule produced by the 1,000-watt, metal halide lamp and beyond, this brand offers ample options to choose from.
- Philips Ceramalux: The Philips Ceramalux 1,000-watt, high-pressure sodium lamp is best suited for growing fruits and vegetables and can boost growth by up to 22 percent under certain conditions with its broad-spectrum illumination.
These are only a few of the grow lights in our inventory. Browse our full selection to see all the lighting alternatives we have to offer. Also check out our assortment of ballasts, lighting systems, grow light packages and other fundamental items for indoor gardening.
Come to Agron for All Your Hydroponics Lighting Needs
Hydroponics has grown significantly over the last several years. Experts expect this trend to continue at an annual rate of more than six percent during the years to come. All things considered, this branch of the horticultural industry is likely to be vital to the future of the planet.
Finding success with this type of gardening takes time and effort. Having all the right equipment is crucial as well. Agron is here to help make sure you’re fully equipped to grow healthy, fruitful crops no matter the types of plants you’re working with. From pesticides and fungicides to ballasts and irrigation systems, we have everything you need.
Take a look at our inventory and feel free to contact us by phone or via the form we’ve provided with any questions you may have.