Grow Lights

  • Gorilla DE Commercial Grow Light Review

    Because of Gorilla Grow Tent’s reputation as one of the best in the indoor growing industry, we just had to get our hands on the Gorilla DE 1,000 Watt Grow Light for a review.

    This grow light is definitely not for everyone. It’s geared towards commercial growers, or hobby growers with high lighting needs. 

    With the trend towards more efficient lighting, such as LED and CMH, you may be wondering, why would Gorilla develop an HPS?

    Well, there will always be a need for super high intensity lights - and this one is just that!

    Let’s get into the review of the Gorilla Pro Series 1000 Watt Commercial DE Grow Light.

  • Best LED Grow Lights Of 2021

    When you make the decision to invest in your indoor grow, you'll definitely want to learn about the best LED grow lights.

    LEDs are regarded as some of the best indoor grow lights on the market, but there are so many out there that it can be tough to weed out the cheap, unreliable brands and models from the legitimate ones. And with the price of some of these grow lights, it's crucial that you do your research before purchasing.

    Before you buy an LED, you should make sure its the right light for your grow. We have an entire post on choosing your grow light that can help you compare the different lighting technologies so you can arrive at the right conclusion. Before we get started with our list of the best LED grow lights, we need to cover some basic information on this technology.

  • Grow Light Coverage Calculator - How Many Lights Do I Need?

    Determining how many grow lights you need is one of the first steps to setting up your grow room, and its important you get it right the first time so you don't waste time, energy, and money. 

    A grow light coverage calculator can make a seemingly complex topic simple. 

    Once you know how much light your plants need and what type of grow lights you are going to use, it's just a matter of choosing a grow light setup that works for you.

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  • What Is The Best Grow Light Setup?

    To grow the biggest, strongest plants possible, you need to put together the ultimate grow light setup.

    It may appear to be common sense that the better your grow lights, the better your plants will turn out.

    However, it’s not that as simple as finding the most expensive light and throwing it in your tent.

    We first need to define what the "best grow light setup" is.  Then, you need to understand what this means in respect to your grow in particular.

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  • How To Measure Grow Light With A PAR Meter

    Are you aware of just how effective your grow light is? If you are growing indoors, you need to understand how to measure your light with a PAR meter.

    Light is one of the most prominent factors in how your plants grow, and so it is important to constantly be testing your light output.

    There are other ways to measure light, such as lumens and lux meters, but these won’t give you the same useful information, and have sort of become outdated.

    We're going to tell you everything you need to know about measuring your grow light, including how to actually use a PAR meter, and some limitations these may have.

    Then, we will give you some tips on how to increase your lights effectiveness. First, let’s cover why lumens and lux don’t cut it these days.

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  • Grow Room Electricity Calculator - What Will It Cost To Run My Lights?

    A grow room electricity calculator will help you develop realistic expectations for the costs of running your lights. 

     On top of the initial setup costs of your grow tent, lights, ventilation equipment, CO2, and more, you need to consider the monthly cost of running these components.

    The bulk of your monthly energy bill is going to come from running your grow lights, so our grow room electricity calculator will put a dollar figure to what you can expect to pay.

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  • Gavita Pro 1700e LED Grow Light Review

    Gavita is an industry leader in grow lighting, and they are known for their premium lighting fixtures.

    We recently got the chance to unbox the new Gavita Pro 1700e LED Grow Light, and install it in our grow tent.

    We were blown away with this light, and would like to highlight a few key features that set it apart from other commercial grow lights.

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  • Hemp Growing Supplies

    Looking for hemp growing supplies? If so, you are in the right place.

    Hydrobuilder.com has been supplying commercial hemp farms with hemp propagation equipment, hemp grow lights, and harvest supplies since 2011.

    We are proud to be considered an authority figure in this industry, and love working with small and large scale farms.

    With the country wide legalization of hemp, industrial hemp farms are in a position to be more successful than ever.

    The question now becomes how to get the most out of your crop. Automation and optimization go hand in hand, and should always be the goals of industrial hemp farmers.

    Here are a few of the hemp growing supplies and equipment we carry here that can help you take your operation to the next level, for your most profitable season yet.

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  • How To Handle Excessive Grow Tent Heat

    Managing grow tent heat is one of the more difficult, frustrating aspects of indoor growing.

    Not too hot and not too cold; many of the plants we grow are just like us and prefer similar temperatures - between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

    They also hate temperature fluctuations, which means you need to do your best to keep your daytime/nighttime temps relatively similar. There will be some difference, but huge swings can stress them out as plants have to adjust.

    Failing to fix an issue with your grow tent being too hot will weaken your plants nutrient uptake and leave them more susceptible to diseases before they eventually die.

    Let's take a look at some common grow tent heat problems, and how to remove this heat from your grow tent or grow room.

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  • Different Types of Grow Light Bulbs

    There are many different types of grow lights and grow light bulbs on the market. Different factors will affect which grow light bulb is best for you. The two main factors you should consider are wattage and spectrum.

    Bulb Wattage

    Figuring out the wattage you need will depend on tent size, plant coverage, and light type. The last one is important to remember and not all light wattage is created equally. A 200W HID delivers lights much more efficiently than a 200W CFL.

    As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want a minimum 23-30 watts of light per square foot. If you have a grow space that is 4’ by 4’ you’ll want at least 400 watts to fill the space. Since fluorescents are weaker you’ll times that by 5, so 115-150 watts per square foot.

    Bulb Spectrum

    Color temperature has a strong influence overs plants and different temperatures will affect plants in different ways. A blue or bright white found in the temperature range of 5000 K is recommended for plants in the vegetative stage as it keeps them short and bushy.

    The temperature range around 3,000 K that produces a yellow or red light is strongly recommended for flowering plants. If you can only afford one temperature for the entire growing period, it’s recommended to stay in the lower range of 3,000- 4,500 K.

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