TaoTronics 90 watt Red, Blue, Orange 3-Band LED Panel

3 bands - Red, Blue, Orange 45 LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) altogether = 35 Red + 5 Blue + 5 Orange Wattage: 3 watts per LED: 3w X 45 = 135 watts (Note from manufacturer: rated power of each LED is 3W, but the actual power has been adjusted to 2W to match its cooling system and to extend their lifespan. This results in a total of 2W X 45 = 90 watts) Life span: 50,000 hours Intensity - 1710 lux at a height of 2m Coverage: 2' X 2' area - that's not a lot, if you want an LED grow light … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of LED Lights

The benefits of LED grow lights Smallest, most light weight, least space occupying type of grow light Easy to install, just plug-and-play – no need for ballasts, special outlets, breakers, or electricians Mercury-free, thus eco-friendly Most lumens of light per watt – thus most energy efficient, cheap on the electric bill Least heat producing – non-damaging to plant Longest lifespan – 50,000 – 100,000 + hours (that's as much as 15 years) The ability to mix LEDs emitting various … [Read more...]

Grow Lights – Different Types, Sizes, Shapes, Pros and Cons

Why do we even care about light? Because light is ESSENTIAL for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which 'light energy' is converted to a 'chemical energy' that can be used to fuel cellular functions. Without light, there would be no photosynthesis, there would be no chemical energy and there would be no plant growth :cry: 2 CRUCIAL things about getting the light right Get the spectrum right Get the intensity/brightness right The right spectrum - Photosynthetically … [Read more...]

Hydroponics – Growing Techniques

Hydroponics is not just one method of growing plants in water. There are at least 7 growing techniques and we go in to detail on them one-by-one below. Nutrient Film Technique - The purist form of today's highly developed hydroponic growing systems is Nutrient Film Technique (N.F.T.). It is also the form of hydroponics most intriguing to the public because of its futuristic nature and appearance. The nutrient is fed into growtubes where the roots draw it up. The excess drains by gravity back … [Read more...]

Hydroponics – A History Lesson

What on earth is Hydroponics? Actually, hydroponics doesn't involve earth (soil)! It is essentially done on water. "hydro" means "water" and "ponos" means "labor". Hydroponics basically means working water. Many different civilizations have utilized hydroponic growing techniques throughout history. As noted in Hydroponic Food Production (Fifth Edition, Woodbridge Press, 1997, page 23) by Howard M. Resh: "The hanging gardens of Babylon, the floating gardens of the Aztecs of Mexico and those of … [Read more...]