Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Decoding an LED Bulb

Ever wonder what the LED bulb code means? Let us help you break it down.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Considering LED Tubes to Optimize Plant Growth?

If you are considering LED tubes to optimize plant growth, choosing the correct light source for your needs is essential. And as we all know, natural sunlight is the cheapest source available, however for the horticulture industry, it is not always attainable in sufficient quantities. Therefore, the use of artificial light has become very common in order to increase crop production and quality.

LED lights is a flexible and efficient way to give your plants and crops the light they need to grow. LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) is said to boost productivity in greenhouse and plant-factory operations and reduce energy consumption. LED sources can produce light at the specific wavelengths that optimize plant growth, and a number of universities and commercial enterprises worldwide are pursuing further research on the topic.

Growers like Sustainable Local Foods use LED lighting to produce plants year round while keeping costs down.

How can LED lighting add value to your crops?
- Increased production
- Shortening of the total growth cycle
        - Better plant uniformity
        - Better space utility
- Improved plant quality
- Energy savings
- Better germination rate
- Higher multiplication factor
- Higher survival rate in rooting
- Improved/controlled stretching process
- Accelerated hardening phase

All of which can result in increased profit for you!

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Because LED technology is ever changing we many not have any listed on our website at this time. Please contact our exceptional sales team to find the right bulb to fit your growing needs at: 1-800-772-5267

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Plant Grow Lights: Which Kind to Choose

Grow lights make it easy to grow plants indoors, and luckily there are many grow light systems to choose from. All are helpful, but each type of grow light offers advantages and disadvantages. Use the guide below to select the best grow light for your needs!

HID Plant Grow Lights
The brightest grow lights are high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. They can be installed anywhere in your home, garage, or greenhouse to supplement existing light, and they can serve as the sole source of light for your plants.

These bulbs pass electricity through a glass or ceramic tube containing a mixture of gases. The blend of gases determines the color of the light given off by each type of lamp. HID lights are twice as efficient as fluorescent lamps; one 400-watt HID lamp emits as much light as 800 watts of fluorescent tubing. All HID lights can run on regular 120-volt household current but they require special fixtures with ballasts.

There are two categories of HID lamps: metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS). Both emit a much more intense light than fluorescent bulbs, which also pass electricity through a gas-filled tube.

MH bulbs emit light that's strongest at the blue end of the spectrum. It's a stark, cool white light that produces compact, leafy growth. Because the light does not distort the colors of the plants and people it illuminates, this type of plant grow light is a good choice for a light display in a living area.

Agrosun gold halide bulbs are color-corrected to give off more red/orange light than regular metal halides. This helps boost flowering in addition to supporting compact foliar growth. Halide bulbs should be replaced about once a year.

HPS bulbs last slightly longer and should be replaced every 18 months. They emit light strong at the red/orange end of the spectrum, which promotes flowering. However, HPS lighting may also produce leggy growth unless used together with daylight or a metal halide system.

High-Intensity Fluorescent Grow Lights
High-intensity fluorescent bulbs are also an excellent choice. Fixtures resemble those of HID bulbs, but they are less expensive, and cool and warm bulbs are available that fit in the same ballast. Choose according to which light is more appealing to your eye.

Fluorescent Grow Lights
Traditional fluorescent tubes are the most economical choice if you're going to use grow lights. They can be used in inexpensive shop light fixtures or multi-tier growing carts.

The light produced by fluorescent tubes is much less intense than the other choices, so you are more limited in what you can grow. If you're just trying to supplement natural light rather than replace it, fluorescent light may be a good option.

Fluorescent tubes come in cool, warm, or full-spectrum. Light from cool tubes has a blue cast, while warm tubes emit a pink/white light. Full-spectrum tubes closely approximate the color of natural daylight. Full-spectrum bulbs are a bit more expensive but many growers consider them worth the price since the color of the light doesn't distort the color of your plants.

Less light is emitted from the ends of the fluorescent tubes than from the center. Plants with lower light needs should be placed under the 3 inches of tube at either end of the fixture.

Fluorescent tubes should be replaced every 18 months if they are being used approximately 16 hours per day.

LED Grow Lights
LED grow lights have been proven to produce larger crop yields and decrease time until harvest, all on top of reducing energy up to 70%.

LEDs provide the perfect lighting for all types of plants and flowers allowing the grower to adapt the light exactly to the needs of various crops, in different cycles, promoting healthy plant growth.

The connection between LED lighting and commercial growers of flowers and vegetables appear to be a perfect match. Whether in a greenhouse setting requiring supplemental light or an indoor setting relying completely on artificial light, electricity cost for horticultural lighting has been the major expense for farmers.

LED grow lights are very simple to install and typically have a 50,000-hour life span, with zero maintenance, which means you won't need to change lamps. Additionally, you don’t need to remove the waste heat generated from the ballast when growing with LEDs.

The initial cost of an LED grow light is considerably more than an HPS or MH grow light, but factoring in all of the benefits, LEDs are a better investment.



Check out the Grow Lights we have in stock:
- 50R20/PL
| 120V | 50W | E26 Medium screw base | R20 shape | Reflector

- 60A19/PG | 120V | 60W | E26 Medium screw base | A19 shape 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Cleaning Tips to Save You Energy


Looking to Spring clean your home to save energy and cash?
Saving on energy is really that easy! Here are 10 tips to do just that.

1. Dust your light bulbs. 
Over time, dust buildup on light bulbs makes your home appear dimmer than it actually is. Dust them off, and you may be able to use less light.

2. Let the light in. 
With more hours of daylight, you can use natural light from the sun to brighten your home for longer.

3. Upgrade your lighting. 
LEDs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and can last 20 times longer, according to ENERGY STAR. Plus PPL Electric Utilities customers can get instant discounts on light bulbs at participating retailers. We recommend your standard household LEDs:

- LED8.5A19/F/850
- LED9A19/DIM/827K
- LED9.5A19/OMNI/3K

4. Clean inside and out. 
We all want the inside of our fridge to be clean, but don’t forget the outside, too. Check that the area behind your fridge is free of dust or other obstructions. Make sure there is space between the fridge and the wall so that air can circulate. If you have an older refrigerator, clean the refrigerator coils to help it run more efficiently.

5. Recycle your old fridge. 
If you have a spare refrigerator in the garage or basement, you could be wasting $150 in electricity a year, according to ENERGY STAR. And fridges and freezers from the 1970s cost 4 times more to operate. Is there an old model draining the budget in your house?

6. Take a breath of fresh air. 
As the weather begins to warm up, open your windows to cool your home if your health permits you to do so. You’ll save money on air conditioning.

7. Install new filters. 
Inspect, clean or change the air filters every month in your heat pump, central air conditioner or furnace. Some room air conditioners have filters that need to be cleaned or changed as well. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.

8. Add some shade. 
If planting is part of your spring plans, consider using plants to provide shade to your home or to help insulate your house. When choosing a spot to plant your tree, make sure it will have plenty of room to grow to full maturity. That includes how close it is to a power line. If you’ll be digging, be sure to call 811 three business days beforehand. Utilities will mark the location of any underground electric, gas or cable lines.

9. Save your seals. 
If you have a sliding door that goes outdoor, make sure the track is clean. Dirt and debris can damage the seal, which would allow cool air or heat to escape your home all year long.

10. Get a professional opinion.
Sign up for a home energy audit or survey to get customized advice to save energy at your home.



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