Grow Lights

  • Light Stress In Plants: Identification & Treatment

    Sufficient lighting is essential for all stages of growth, but sometimes you can overdo it - leading to light stress in plants. This can cause a variety of issues with your plants. 

    This can get tricky, because you absolutely need intense lighting to produce strong root systems to develop fruits and flowers. From seed to harvest, your plants need light in order to stay healthy. 

    But when it comes to lighting, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Light stress, including high light stress in plants as well as low light stress in plants, can cause serious ill effects. 

    LIght is one of the most important factors for growing any kind of plant. Get it right in this guide to preventing this condition from occuring in the first place, or treating it if you suspect you may be dealing with it. 

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  • LED vs HPS Grow Lights - Which Technology Is Best For You?

    The debate over LED vs HPS grow lights and how each technology produces buds is a hot one.

    Growers who have been at this for decades and started out with this older, high-pressure sodium lighting swear by it, and are hesitant to switch to something new - especially when looking at the cost difference between HPS & LED grow lights.

    LED growers, on the other hand, point to the huge savings in electricity costs, along with decreased heat production in the grow room. They also reference bigger, more resinous flowers.

    So which technology is right for you? Should you finally make the jump over to LEDs?

    In this article, we're going to break down the pros and cons of each lighting style to help you understand which one is right for your crop. Because while LEDs are the better light, they might not be right for you at this time.

    Let's get started by explaining the criteria we're going to use to compare HPS lights vs LED.

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  • The Best CMH Grow Lights Of 2021

    If you are looking for the best CMH grow lights to take your plants from seed to harvest, you have come to the right place. 

    Not only are we going to share our top ceramic metal halide grow lighting picks of the year, but we’ll help you pick the right one for you and your grow room.

    CMH grow lighting is a great technology for full cycle growing, right up there with LED grow lights

    Whether this is your first light or you’re looking to upgrade from your existing grow light setup, we have something for you on this list.

    Let’s start by covering some basic information on this technology, and explain our criteria in picking the candidates for this list!

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  • Grow Light Certifications: What Do They All Mean?

    There are an abundance of different grow light certifications and it can get overwhelming. What do you need, and what don’t you need? As we’ll explain in this quick article, it depends on your grow.

    When it comes to indoor growing, your lights need to be protected from a wide range of conditions - moisture, dust, etc. But, some listings even take into consideration how the grow light performs.

    No matter how you grow, we have lights with the certifications you need. And, we have the knowledge to help you pick the right one.

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  • Best Fluorescent T5 Grow Lights Of 2021

    Whether you want them for cloning and propagation, or to save some money during early veg, you need the best fluorescent T5 grow lights.

    And luckily enough for you, we happen to have them all here at Hydrobuilder.

    Better yet, though, we have the knowledge to help you find the right one for you and your grow.

    We are going to simplify the buying process for you and ensure you end up with the perfect fixture.

    We’re also going to teach you how to grow with it to the best of your ability, and explain why you should consider growing with fluorescents in the first place. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s not waste anymore time!

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  • Best HPS Grow Lights Of 2021

    If you are looking to start your indoor grow with HIDs, you are probably wondering what the best HPS grow lights of 2021 are!

    Many new growers choose this lighting technology because it’s cheap, simple, and produces huge, dense blooms.

    But, there are so many options out there, and they all more or less look the same. This can make the shopping process somewhat frustrating.

    Don’t sweat it, because today we are going to share with you our picks for the best HPS grow lights of 2021. 

    And for those who plan on using an MH bulb during veg, we will share a bulb you can use with each of these, so you can give your plants full spectrum of lighting when they need each!

    Let’s start by talking about HPS technology in general, and lay out our criteria we followed when making this list of top contenders. 

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  • When & How To Replace Grow Light Bulbs

    Unless you are growing with LED’s, you are likely wondering, when and how should I replace my grow light bulbs?

    You may know that the general guideline is to replace grow light bulbs every year or so, but with so many variables at play, this isn’t always accurate. There are so many factors you need to consider.

    We’ll help you figure out how long your specific bulb technology will last, and share some warning signs you can watch for to help you determine if your bulb is on it’s way out.

    Then, we’ll cover how to actually choose a replacement, and then install it in your existing fixture safely and quickly.

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  • The Best Grow Light Reflector Of 2021

    Your reflector plays a much bigger role than you may realize. Sure, you know that it redirects wasted light back towards your canopy, rather than illuminating the walls and ceiling of your room and tent.

    But, there are some huge differences between cheap hoods and the best grow light reflector.

    If you are paying for electricity, the equipment to setup your grow, and putting serious effort into this, you should really be getting the most out of your hood. 

    In this article, we are going to cover everything you need to know about buying a reflective hood, including the best grow light reflector currently on the market.

    We’ll cover the different types, and help you choose the right one for your grow light setup. 

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  • What You Need To Know About UV Light For Plants

    There has been some debate over the importance of UV light for plants. Some growers even wonder whether ultraviolet light has a place in plant cultivation of any kind at all. 

    The fact of the matter is that if you are growing plants indoors, you should be supplementing your plants with some form of it. 

    We’ll cover everything you need to know about this wavelength, along with the best ways to add it to your grow room.

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  • Different Types Of Grow Light Timers

    When it comes to growing indoors, you’ll obviously need a grow light. But in order to make that light work as intended, you’ll need a grow light timer or controller to set up your day and night schedules. Some people look at timers and controllers as an accessory, but we consider these a necessity. We’ll explain why that is, and also breakdown the different types of timers and controllers, along with some features to look for when shopping for yours.

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