Like almost everything else around us, automation should be a priority for growers as well. Modern grow light timers and controllers allow growers to achieve this objective. You can eliminate the probability of human error by using this modern tech to control grow lights and reduce your burden significantly.
A typical grow light timer works well for a simple low wattage and amp 1 or 2 light setup. A grow light timer can either be mechanical or digital and are simple to operate. The timer allows you to automate your grow lights, light movers, fans, and pumps, etc. The timers allow for perfect scheduling of light exposure to plants avoiding plants from extra stress caused by irregular light periods and light leaks.
On the other hand, HID grow light controllers are designed specifically to control multiple high wattage lights simultaneously. These controllers can handle upwards of 4 or more HID grow lights. These HID grow light controllers are perfect for large scale grow’s or commercial indoor greenhouses. Growers can use these controllers to prevent light from reaching harmful levels by monitoring the temperature and dimming the lights if need be. Most controllers also have shut-off features and alarms that sound if your equipment id deactivated.
With a grow light flop box, you can run two different sets of lights with just a single set of ballasts by rotating between light cycles, e.g if you are a grower with 16 sets of lights, you will only need eight ballasts to control them. So, suppose you are a commercial grower looking to double production, maximize the use of power available, and save on high equipment costs. In that case, these flip boxes are a must.
Your budget and your need for automation levels for your grow lights will determine which timer or controller is best for you. We have timers and controllers with a feature called photocell; this feature allows complete automation in the grow room. The photocell automatically turns off CO2 generators and exhaust fans when the lights are turned off. They are not needed when the plants are asleep. Similarly, it automatically reactivates all necessary equipment as soon as the lights are turned on.
One thing that is also very important is the number of outlets in your grow room and the voltage your equipment needs. If you are a hobby grower, your outlet requirement will probably be limited to 1 or 2 outlets, and a standard 120-volt supply would be sufficient for you. On the other hand, commercial growers can require as many as 20 outlets with a higher supply voltage, such as 240 volts. You must also consider if you want to have the timer or controller hardwired into your home’s or facility’s electrical system. Some of the products that we offer do not have standard 120 or 240-volt plugs, in which case you will need to consult a professional electrician.
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