Talk about confusing! Just open any hydroponics catalogue and you'll quickly
get lost in all the different hoods, bulbs, ballasts and timers offered. In
keeping with our "mission" we'll make this whole lighting thing simple for you,
First we'll explain how the different
work and when to use them. Then at the end we offer our pick for a simple,
inexpensive all-purpose lighting system! How simple is that?
Out of doors, a vegetable garden needs at least 4-6 hours of direct sun; plus 10
more hours of bright light. So for your inside hydroponics garden, you will need
to duplicate this. Plan on 14-16 hours of bright artificial light, followed by
8-10 hours of darkness. Plants need dark down time, just like you, in order to
metabolize and rest.
Put your hydroponic lights on a timer for the proper
routine. Then set it and forget it!
(Keep It Simple, Simon)
After much surfing and comparison,
we found a company that puts out a complete conversion light
setup at a super price! See photo below.
This highly recommend kit, for a typical 4' X 4' garden,
We have tested and use these kits and they work just great! Disadvantage: The hood is a little flimsy and tedious to put together. If
you've got the bucks, then upgrade to a more expensive hood. But for the price,
we're very happy with this light kit. The ballast and cords are heavy duty.