Supplemental Lighting for Indoor Cannabis Grow Room
When you are operating indoor cannabis grow room, it is important to understand the differences between supplemental lighting and side lighting. What is side lighting? Well, this is used when you want to target the sides of your marijuana plant with enough light to increase the sizes of the marijuana buds on each side. Supplemental lighting, on the other hand is when the levels of lighting has to be increased for better results or the light spectrum needs to be changed. Supplemental light is not given to the marijuana plant from the sides, but from the top of the plant to give a desired outcome.
The Light Supplement
It is usually in greenhouses that you would use supplemental lighting. If there is a specific spot that gets direct light in your yard for a few hours each day, you would need supplemental lighting for the hours that direct light is not available in the same spot. If you live in unreliable weather and you have many cloudy days, then you would possibly have to supplement for extra lighting. You would use a grow light while still benefiting from natural light that the outdoors contributes.
Importance and Reason for Lighting
Another reason that cannabis growers need to supplement the light in the indoor cannabis grow room is to change or increase the color or spectrum of the light. The light spectrum is instrumental in affecting the way that the plant grows. LED grow lights are also an option used in many cannabis grow rooms. When you use LED grow lights, you get to select the precise spectrum that you need to supplement outdoor lighting or other lighting such as HPS.
HPS and LED Grow Lights
Today, it is usually very common for cannabis growers to utilize LED grow lights and also common to combine HPS grow light with LED panels. This is for the specific reason of yielding better returns and increasing marijuana flower production. Some cannabis growers use both HPS grow lights and LED grow lights to receive more benefits that good lighting provides.
The Side Lighting
In so many situations, supplemental lighting is an excellent choice. However, it is sure not similar to side lighting, which is not as useful to a cannabis grow room much of the time. When do you use side lighting? It is generally used with fluorescent grow lights, an example being T5 grow lights and CFL grow lights. These are used on marijuana plants that are not yet trained. Why use these lights in conjunction with the side lighting? It is because they don’t get far down into the marijuana plant, which is not allowed, if you want the best results.
Fluorescent lighting is weak enough to only cover a few inches. So, by the time that the marijuana plant is about one foot from this lighting, it is useless, but with side lighting, it increases the potential to reach the marijuana buds within a few inches.
If the cannabis plants are trained to grow shorter and flatter, you will be able to increase the yields using the same amount of lighting since all the main marijuana buds can be shifted to the top while receiving full levels of light. In other words, although, you may have a weak grow light using fluorescent lighting, you will be able to get more yields by growing the marijuana plants that are flatter and wider in comparison to using side lighting.
When the marijuana buds are close to the top, even a T5 grow light can result in better yields since each bud at the top is closer to the light and because the plant has been trained to lay flat along the screen. If you want to know more about the use of supplemental lighting and side lighting in your indoor cannabis grow, visit the Cannabis Training University today.
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