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The Best Lighting For Hydroponics Growing
Whether you’re a newbie to hydroponics or a seasoned grower, creating high-quality hydroponic systems can be tricky for everyone! There are a lot of important factors to get right when you’re growing without soil, and creating a flawless system takes research and time. Luckily our team at Genesis Hydro have already spent years doing that, and we’re ready to pass on our knowledge to you.
To help you kickstart your system with ease, we’ve put together everything you need to know about picking the best hydroponic lights. This is the first step to building the perfect environment for plants, so let’s get into it!
Why Are Quality Hydroponic Lighting Systems So Important?
When growing plants traditionally, everyone knows that light is important. Without a good daily dose of light, most plants will struggle to grow and eventually shrivel away, which isn’t what you want. Plants grown in hydroponic systems are just the same. If you fail to give them the light they need, don’t expect them to grow!
This need for light is all down to photosynthesis. The more intense the light, the better your plant will be able to photosynthesise, and the bigger and stronger they’ll grow. But, every plant is different and every stage of their growth has different lighting demands, which makes the whole thing that little bit trickier!
To help all of our hydroponic-enthusiasts out there, we’re going to take a look at the different options available for your hydroponic lighting systems and when best to use them. With any luck, you’ll know exactly what lighting you need in just a few minutes.
Fluorescent Hydroponic Grow Lights
Fluorescent hydroponic lighting systems are one of the most commonly used, especially for new growers. They’re quite economical, making them a great choice if you don’t have a huge budget but still want good, healthy plants. As these bulbs don’t give out much heat, you can place them super close to your plants to maximise their light intensity, too. This is usually essential as fluorescent bulbs aren’t always the strongest.
Regular compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are great for beginners and will be bright enough to grow smaller, less leafy plants. If you want something with a bit more oomph, T5 Propagation Lights or the T5 Replacement Tubes are the way to go. As the name suggests, the first is ideal for propagating (creating new plants from seeds, cuttings, or other plant parts), and the latter is great for flexibility, letting you grow more plants in a larger area.
While fluorescent bulbs aren’t always the best for the initial growth stages or flowering stages, they’re a reliable, cheap bulb that’s going to last you for years to come. Use them on smaller, less leafy plants for best results.
LED Hydroponic Lights
LED grow lights are a popular choice for all growers, both new and experienced. They’re super easy to install and use, making them ideal for those of you who aren’t huge fans of electronics. All you have to do is place them where you want them and plug them in; it’s as simple as that! If you don’t have the time or knowledge for complicated wiring, this is a great option for you.
LEDs aren’t just loved for their easy installation, but also for their broader range of the light spectrum. This means that they’re strong enough to grow seedlings into large plants and give off enough intensity for plants to produce large flowers. You can also tailor the strength by opting for different watts. For example, if your plants need very intense light to produce flowers, the Lumatek Zeus Pro 600W will do the trick. LED lights are also incredibly energy efficient, helping you cut down on energy bills and save the planet at the same time!
Unfortunately, these are usually the most expensive type of light to purchase. If you’re planning to create a large hydroponics system, kitting it out in LEDs will be pricey. But, for all their pros, a lot of people find the price to be well worth it in the long run (especially with those energy savings!).
CDM Hydroponic Bulbs
CDM bulbs are some of the best hydroponic lights you can buy if you’re on a bit of a tighter budget. They give out a broad light spectrum with plenty of UVA and UVB rays, which is ideal for promoting growth in your plants. If you want a light that’s going to hit almost every sweet spot without breaking the bank quite as much as LEDs, CMD bulbs like this one are a safe option.
They’re fairly energy efficient, give off a natural light to help you analyse your plants properly (compared to the more blue-toned lights of some other bulbs), and are very durable due to being made with ceramic tubes. However, be aware that they do give out quite a lot of heat, so they’ll have to be installed further away from your plants.
Advanced Lighting for Hydroponics
If you’re looking to quickly boost your yield and create healthier, stronger plants, we recommend investing in advanced lighting. These Dimlux hydroponic lights for sale on Genesis Hydro are made for more experienced growers. They’re highly controllable, with the Maxi Controller making it easy to tailor your lights to exactly what your plants need. Take them from a seed to a flowering plant with ease using this advanced lighting solution.
Get More Expert Advice
At Genesis Hydro, we’re experts at all things hydroponics and love to help our customers make the most out of their systems. That’s why we only have the best quality hydroponic lights for sale and will be more than happy to help if you have questions about any of them! Simply get in touch with our team and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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