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Why should you move your grow lights?

Grow lights emulate sunlight for gardens that we move indoors. As the sun moves throughout the day, the grow lights that we install in our indoor gardens should also move. This movement ensures that all parts of the plant receive light, and no part of the plant gets left out as they would if the light was in a stationary setting. While mylar wall coverings and reflective hoods help maximize the output from grow lights, growers must introduce a light moving system if they want the most efficiency. According to statistics, more than 50% of the light gets wasted in a stationary state. To make up for this issue, growers tend to install more lights, which is not the answer to this problem. The more efficient solution to this issue is the installation of a grow light moving system. Moving lights can increase coverage by 30%, allowing them to penetrate even deeper into the canopy.

What are grow light movers?

Grow light movers, as their name suggests, help in moving grow lights along with the canopy. Their functionality helps in solving wastage of light and elimination of shadows and hotspots.Rail or track light movers are the most common types of grow light movers. These systems are commonly 6’ in length. The light on the system starts moving from one end to the other at a slow but steady pace. On the other hand, circular light movers operate similar to a ceiling fan by rotating on arms.

How to choose the best grow light mover?

Two essential factors to consider are the price and the weight capacity of the light moving system. A typical moving system’s weight capacity ranges between 20 and 100 lbs. You should buy one after you have figured these two factors. Buying a grow light mover system is the best option for most growers, there are times when separately buying rails and motors is fine. We, at Groindoor.com, have go Grow light reflectors significantly boost the efficiency of grow lights, and not using them puts you at a significant disadvantage. There are numerous reasons why all growers should have reflective hoods.

Do reflective lights affect plant growth?

Grow lights are all about efficiency. Reflective wall coverings are a great product that can redirect all wasted light back towards the plants. Not using a grow light reflector can decrease grow light efficiency by as much as 40%.

What are grow light reflectors?

Grow light reflectors or reflective grow light hoods are among the many products that help boost grow light efficiency. The hood provides you value for every dollar spent by reflecting the light that is getting wasted in illuminating the ceiling back towards the plants.

How is the light from a reflector dispersed?

The efficiency of a grow light reflector depends on the light's efficiency and the distance between the canopy and the light. Simply put, the longer the distance between the reflector and the plant, the lower the efficiency Do not forget to use grow light movers as exposing one area of the plant to so much light can result in burns on the plant.

Types of Grow Light Hoods and Reflectors

The most popular type of reflectors among growers are air-cooled reflectors because reflecting light creates a lot of heath in the reflector's hood. Non-air-cooled reflectors have only one drawback: they need to grow rooms equipped with air conditioners and fans to manage the heat produced. Wing and parabolic reflectors are named in line with their shapes. They are also referred to as open-air hoods. As open-air hoods also generate a lot of heat, you should use a thermometer at all times to keep the temperature in check.

How to choose the right glow light reflector

You have to make sure that you pair reflective hoods with the right light type (CMH, HPS, or MH) alongside ensuring the number of bulbs you will use. For instance, a CMH reflector will go with a CMH grow light. The flange size of the grow light hood is also an essential element to consider. Air-cooled reflectors tend to exhaust a significant amount of heat when they are connected to an inline fan. While 6-inch and 8-inch flanges are most popular, we also offer 10-inch flanges for our customers. Want to enhance your understanding of these systems? Give our experienced growers a call at 866-GRO-INDR.

 

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