Gardening Advice for Indoors Hydroponics Equipment
Many gardening enthusiasts are now choosing to grow inside their homes rather than outside. Setting up a hydroponic operation inside your home means you will have to purchase a lighting setup and will increase your home’s electricity bill. However, it brings a number of advantages to the table. Firstly, growing inside your home in a closed environment means you will be mostly protected from pests, weeds, and fungi that may damage your plants. For those who grow outdoors, having months of hard work ruined by pests can be very frustrating. Outside variables are much less of a concern for those who grow indoors, and gardeners who grow indoors have much more fine-grained control over their plants. Gardeners with less experience may find it easier to grow indoors, as they will have to deal less with the random occurrences of nature.
>You can minimize the cost of your indoor hydroponic growing systems setup with a little planning.
- The main cost associated with indoor gardening is the lighting setup that you will use.
- There are many different kinds of lights available for gardeners to choose from, ranging from ones you might be familiar with, such as incandescent lights and fluorescent lights, to ones that you might not be so familiar with, such as high pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lights.
- Important factors in choosing a type of light for your hydroponic setup include initial cost, power efficiency, space required, heat generated, quantity of light produced, and spectrum of light produced.
- Incandescent bulbs are the cheapest, but are inefficient and have a very compact spectrum of light, making them a poor choice for hydroponic gardening equipment.
Different plants grow best under different spectra of light – each plant is different. As an example, lettuce, which is a commonly grown hydroponic plant, grows best when it has a lot of light on the blue spectrum hitting it. Metal halide lights are a good choice for lettuce, since it is possible to purchase metal halide lights that mostly emit light in the blue spectrum.
Fluorescent Lighting Tips
Fluorescent lights are a good initial choice for people looking to try out growing indoors, as they have a low initial cost and have been getting more efficient over the years with recent developments in fluorescent lighting technology. High pressure sodium lamps are by far the most energy efficient, but will be overkill for small indoor gardening setups, since they emit large amounts of light and heat. In addition, they will require a ballast setup for your garden, further raising the cost of starting up your indoor garden.
Adequate Vent Systems
An adequate ventilation system is important if you are going to go with high pressure sodium lamps, as you will need to dissipate the heat generated by the bulbs. In order to maximize your energy efficiency, you may also consider using reflectors in your indoor gardening setup to reduce the amount of light that escapes and goes unabsorbed by your plants, which can both increase the speed at which your plants grow and decrease your energy costs as you will not have to run your lights for as long each day.
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