About HPS (High Pressure Sodium) Lights
Grow lights are a required part of hydroponics gardening. There are many different types to choose from, but HPS grow lights are some of the most popular. They provide artificial light to your plants that normally would be obtained outdoors from the sun. HPS is in reference to high pressure sodium. They are considered more energy efficient than halides and are good for plants in the budding, flowering, blooming, and fruiting phases, as the main type of light they emit is in the red part of the spectrum.
HPS grow lights are perfect to provide natural daylight to your indoor plants. They can work in a hydroponics greenhouse or tent setup, or as individual standalone lights for a few containers or buckets.
HPS lights are available in a variety of wattages including 150W, 250W, 400W, 600W and 1000W. The 600W bulbs are the most energy efficient, and then 1000W. The 600W provides about 7% more light in watt for watt than the 1000W.
If you need your plants to grow tall, using HPS grow lights are the best choice. Since they lack blue and ultraviolet light, this will encourage your plants to elongate. A different type of lamp can be used for earlier growth, then the lights switched to HPS for the budding or flowering phase. This is why these types of lights are often preferred in hydroponics setups.
HPS bulbs have a long bulb life, making them energy-efficient. They provide six times more lightbulb output than your traditional incandescent lightbulb. They also emit a higher amount of heat which can be beneficial to plants’ height.
These types of bulbs may attract pests, so it’s important to have good ventilation to prevent them from moving in. An air-cooled bulb reflector or a grow light fan can help to keep air moving.
If you need assistance in choosing the right grow lights for your hydroponics garden setup then please contact us here at Kushy. Our staff have years of hydroponics growing experience and can suggest what types of grow lights will be right for your garden.