All growers want to find ways that they can improve their process and help their plants to grow stronger and healthier and as little time as possible. While there are a range of factors that contribute to plant growth, light is one of the most important for indoor growers. They cannot rely on the power of the sun to take care of their light needs, and they need to supplement with grow lights. However, the lights and reflectors often used can only do so much. Therefore, many have taken to using a device called a grow light mover.
These devices are an effective way for growers to distribute the light intensity over the growing area more evenly, and they tend to be relatively easy to use, although they will require installation. While it is possible to move the lights manually, you will find that automating the process with all the right tools can help to make your life much easier.
What Does a Grow Light Moving System Entail?
These grow light movers tend to be relatively simple. They will require a rail, which can be installed to beams that are already in your grow room, or you can purchase a frame for the mover system that you can install. The system will also include a small motor, which you attach to your lamps. The motor will then move the lights back and forth over the garden in a straight line. You can buy the pieces for the grow light moving system separately, or you can buy them as a complete kit.
The prices for a complete kit will vary based on the size that you need, but many of the large 9’ kits can be purchased for around $250 currently, although you may be able to find some better prices. Smaller kits can often be found for less than $200, but again, you may be able to find some even cheaper options on the web.
Whenever you are choosing a grow light mover, or any items for your growing room, make sure you check some reviews to see what other users like you have to say about them.
Why should I move my grow lights?
That is a great question and one that is often asked from the newcomer without a lot of experience behind them. A statically mounted light doesn’t always provide the necessary light required by your plants.
Another issue is the hot-spots and shadow patterns caused by permanently mounted grow light. Moving your lights can improve your light coverage by as much as 30%. Depending on the quality of your light source, moving lights can also save you around 20% on energy costs a year.
That alone is reason enough to rotate your lights.
The whole idea of grow light movers is flexibility in where a grower places their lights.
That one sentence is grow light movers, in a nutshell.
You need the ability to move your grow light system when and where you need them most. This is a real pain when you’ve permanently mounted your lights in one location only.
Grow light movers provide movement of grow lights in an easy to use, smooth rail method.
Grow light movers work on a hanger, track system.
Grow light systems all use the same hanger, track method of enabling the grower to easily move their grow lights from location to location as they’re needed. Once lights are mounted to a hanger, the system should easily glide lights to a new position smoothly and efficiently.
Quality grow light movers will also include a quick lock system that securely hold the light stationary, so they don’t drift either from air-flow or greenhouse vibrations.
Manual and motorized grow light movers
Grow light moving systems work two ways-manually or motorized. A manual system is perfect for the beginner or at a small facility. Once you get into a large capacity facility moving lights manually can be time consuming and tedious.
That’s the type of major grower a motorized grow light mover is designed for. The motorized models operate on a single switch system that is easy to use and quickly engage. An intel-motor will even eliminate the need to manually throw a switch and is a smart component set with a timer to automatically move lights as predetermined times.
Today’s grow light movers are inexpensive and easy to mount and use. A good mover set a timer will assure that your grow lights are rotated for maximum light exposure the plants receive.
If you’re a hydroponic or soil grower of any size, you really should consider investing in a good grow light mover. A person gets busy and easily forget about rotating lights and a decent moving system eliminates all this and will move your lights whether you’re there or not.
You really can’t afford not to use them.
Choose the Right Rail Length
The lights are going to be affixed to a grow light mover rail that is suspended over your plants. It is important that you take the time to check the measurements of the rail. They are available in a range of sizes, such as 3’, 6’, and 9’. You want to choose an option that is going to be large enough that you can move the lamp or lamps to cover all your plants and provide them with plenty of light. If you have a large indoor growing area, then you may find that you need to have several of these rails and grow light movers in your space.
What Are the Overall Benefits to Growers
When you have a grow light mover as a part of your system, you will find that it can provide you with quite a few benefits. The system will provide your plants with far more light when it is moving than you would get from just a stationary light. The light can hit the plants from a variety of angles, including the spots that would generally be in shade with just a single unmoving light. In fact, it can increase the coverage of the plants by more than 100%.
Another one of the benefits of the mover system that many people do not even consider is the fact that it can help with the heat problem many growers face with a lot of light in their grow room. When the lights are moving, there is a reduced chance that the light could cause any type of burn damage to the plants.