Setting Up Grow Lights for Your Indoor Grow House

By Dom Hennequin

January 8, 2019

How you set up your grow lights will have a direct effect on how well or poor your plants respond. Lighting is considered to be one of the most important aspects to growing indoor plants successfully. If the lights are not chosen carefully, they will have different effects on your plant yields.

If the grow lights are not strong enough to provide the necessary amount of light, or are too far away from the plants, your plants will not grow and reach maturity as fast. The plants can actually look stunted because they are not getting the amount of light they actually require for healthy growth.

On the other hand, if the lights are too big for your indoor grow room, they will generate excess heat, which is also not good for your plants. Additionally, if the lights are placed too close to the plants, they can actually cause your plants to burn from the intensity of the various UV spectrum rays.

Ideally, you want to choose a grow light setup that is matched to the size of your grow room. It is highly recommend to install your lights on a pulley-type system. As you plants start to develop and become bigger you can simply use the pulley to raise the lights higher so they do not get too close to the plants.

Most modern grow lights are designed to be secured to a lighting frame and include the necessary hardware to attach them to the framing. You will want to make sure each of your lights is hung correctly and at the appropriate height for the types of lamps used.

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Grow Lights

The least expensive grow lights are fluorescent lights. These are well suited for the propagation and germination of seeds or clones However, they need to be replaced once you reach the flowering phase for proper plant development.

HID (high-intensity discharge) lights are gas sealed lights which emits a higher amount of light compared to fluorescents. They are a good choice once plants reach the vegetative phase. One drawback to using this type of lighting is the lights can be a bit expensive.

HPS (high-pressure sodium) grow lights are an efficient type of HID lighting which is a very popular choice with many growers. They also produce a decent light spectrum to promote growth throughout the flowering phase. The main disadvantage is they do generate a large amount of heat you will need to address.

LED grow lights are slowly growing in popularity because they are not too expensive and provide the full spectrum of light required to grow plants indoors. In addition, several models feature different light functions in various spectrum ranges you can use at different times of the day for proper plant growth at all stages of development. Plus they are quieter, do not give off much heat, and last longer than other types of grow lights.

For further assistance in selecting the right grow lights for your indoor grow room, please feel free to call or text the Hippie Grow Shop at 905-435-5845 today!

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