1000 Watt HPS
Starting seeds indoors a few weeks before it’s time to plant outside makes spring feel a little closer than it actually is, and if you enjoy gardening, it’s really exciting. But for those seedlings to grow healthy and strong, you’re going to need a little more light than a sunny south window can provide. The days still aren’t long enough to provide adequate light for seedlings.
That’s why you need a 1000 watt HPS grow-light set-up. But never fear; you have many more options than one of those expensive, grow-light systems found in some of the garden catalogues. They’re nice, for sure. And they look pretty cool, too. But when it comes to raising plants, I’m all about substance over style, and for an economical price, too. I don’t care how something looks, just as long as it gets the job done, and at a reasonable cost.
So here’s my 1000 watt HPS grow-light system: it’s simply a light ballast suspended from the ceiling just a couple of inches above my seedlings placed on a 4-foot-long table. They pretty much all emit the same ultraviolet light that plants need to grow.
Create a 1000 watt HPS system that works for you. I’ve suspended smaller fluorescent lights from shelves in my greenhouse to hang over flats of seedlings. I’ve seen where others have placed seedling flats on a bench and then placed the light on the armrests to shine down on the flats.
Seedlings need to be under lights about 16 hours a day, but they also need dark time, so don’t leave the lights on 24 hours a day. A good 1000 watt HPS system will form the basis of a strong reliable growing system whatever set-up you choose. But there is no point stumping up the cash for smaller systems only to find that you need to upgrade to a 1000 watt system later on.
A 1000 watt HPS system will replace the suns light for whatever amount of time you need it to, and push your growing experience further and further. The best way to start is to grab some paper and a pen, and start planning, start putting down on paper what room you have available, how you plan to use that room, and what power supply requirements you can meet.
There is no point working on a huge grow light system if you have limited space, no power supply and no materials available, make sure you find the space first, plan on paper and then start constructing bit by bit. By working systematically you can have a great 1000 watt HPS system up and running in no time.
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