…the proof is in the pudding.
We have a technology based grow light testing solution approach to eliminate grow light guesswork. We maximize the effect of our 1,000 watt PAR Excellance HPS bulb and large fixture to give the largest, most light intense footprint of any light arrangement on the market today!
Our scientific approach guarantees you get the proper light for growing where you need it. We test light at 24 points beneath the light at 18 in, 24 in, and 36 inch levels below the fixture. We average the points to see which bulb cast the most intense light in the largest footprint.
LIGHT TESTING PROCESS
With our solutions there is no guessing about which bulb, fixture and spacing is the best for your grow anymore. This means you usually need less lights per room than before saving you the cost of extra fixtures, bulbs and ballasts as well as electrical cost for lights and HVAC while maximizing your grow harvest. We lay out your grow rooms to scale in 3D drawings which maximizes the use of lights/bulbs/ballasts, ducts, inline fans and wall fans.
Our Mechanical Engineering dept. has tested many light bulbs and fixtures on the market today to determine which fixtures, light bulb, ballast, and spacing combinations give off the most PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) for the least capitol and electrical use cost over the largest area.
This PAR unit quantifies the number of photons (individual particles of energy) used in photosynthesis that fall on a square meter (10.8 square feet) every second. Another way of saying it is that PAR is the energy a grow light gives off that the plant leaves can convert to complete Photosynthesis. It is much different than Foot Candles, Lumens or Lux which is just the measurement of light intensity as we see it. Plants see light differently so we have to talk the language of plants, which is PAR.
We use PAR meters and an elaborate 3D grid network to get these readings. Using a Spectrometer to break down the color spectrum of the light from the bulbs, it has been determined the red and blue part of the spectrum of light aids in photosynthesis. We calculate the amount of red and blue color PAR in the bulb frequency. Only the bulbs with the most PAR and red and blue PAR colors are what we sell to our customers. Our proprietary PAR Excellance HPS bulbs in our large light fixtures gives the maximum PAR spread over the maximum area for the most efficient arrangement of all lights tested. Some bulbs have too little PAR to make best use of the largest fixtures so we downsize the hoods to maximize the bulbs. Our PAR Excellance bulbs in both screw end and double end give the highest PAR in the industry! The combination we recommend to you will maximize the bulb and fixture to give you the most intense footprint of light possible. We offer both Screw End (SE) bulbs and Double End (DE) bulbs. The DE bulbs are more expensive but give off a little more PAR and have a longer warranty and extended life expectancy of more than a year without a reduction of more than 25% of the original PAR.
There are new developments in the LED space we are investigating where the bulbs are giving off more intense PAR than in the past while reducing electrical power. Thus far LED lighting has not had the intensity of PAR to equal HPS lighting. This should eventually change and we will be on top of all new developments.
“The 80 Degree Point”
Most plants are too far away from the fixture because growers are afraid to burn their plants by being too close to the fixture. We found that above 80 degrees Fahrenheit the plants will burn so we set out to find the 80 degree point with different fixtures, bulbs and ventilation parameters. This is the distance from the bottom of the fixture to the point where the temp is 80 degrees. We have a tabulation of the 80 degree point under these variations so the grower can nestle his plants at the right distance from the fixture without burning his plants, yet taking advantage of the maximum PAR from the bulb. Enjoy the videos of our testing process to discover in more detail what we do and why.
The Maxi Skirt
Our engineering dept. has developed a product that is just starting to be mass produced and has a patent. It is called a Maxi Skirt and is a light reflector that fits onto and beneath a grow light fixture and takes the light that is wasted to the sides of the fixture and redirects it back onto the plant. Light dissipates at a rapid rate from an artificial light source. Once 3 feet or more from an artificial light source the PAR is minimal. Our light testing shows that we get an average of more than a 35% increase in light by using the Maxi Skirt. This means we get 35% more light on the plant than without the Maxi Skirt with the same light bulb. Also we redirect the light so it goes under the top branches and stimulates leaves and buds not reached with conventional light fixtures where light is directed mainly down.