PowerPlant – Super HPS Grow Lamp
- A brand by HydroGarden
- Efficiency – PowerPlant lamps provide more lumens per watt than other lamps
- More usable light energy without sacrificing intensity or lamp life
- Flexible Retro Fit – Both PowerPlant HPS and PowerPlant MH are designed to run on the same control gear
- Full Spectrum – PowerPlant provides the full spectrum light that plants need, providing richer, more nutritious light
- Tailored to promote optimum development at each plant growth stage
- Various sizes available
Powerplant Super HPS lamps are designed to assist your plants in their flowering period to promote optimum production in this critical stage.
These lamps deliver a red spectrum of light at 2100 Kelvin, and have a great lumen output and also a long life of about 24,000 hours. As time goes by the lumen output will deteriorate and become much lower, that’s when you will need to change your lamps. We recommend you change your lamp at least every 9-12 months to ensure your plants are receiving the correct amount of light for them to flourish.
If you wish to produce a super crop you will need to use a Powerplant Super HPS lamp to help deliver large vibrant flowers.
Simply remove the old lamp and replace with the new lamp.
Always make sure the old lamp has cooled down before replacing. Never touch the new lamp with your skin, make sure you use a small cloth or something similar.
We recommend that lamps are replaced every 12 to 14 months, after 14 months there is an appreciable drop in the lumen output leading to a reduction in crop yield.
HPS bulbs can be re-started after about 3 minutes if powered down.
- Super HPS 250w lamp – 32,000 lumens
- Super HPS 400w lamp – 55,000 lumens
- Super HPS 600w lamp – 90,000 lumens
- Super HPS 1000w lamp= 130,000 lumens
Conversions: 1 Teaspoon = 5mL | 1 Tablespoon = 15 mL | 1 Ounce = 30mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL
What are HPS Grow Lights?
High-pressure sodium lights emit the red/orange frequency that flowering plants require to produce vast quantities of fruit. Any decent hydroponics store will sell you an HPS grow light kit which usually consists of a reflector, ballast, HPS lamp and timer or switch.
The bulb is screwed into the reflector which connects to the ballast, the ballast plugs into the timer and the timer into the mains power. That is your basic HPS grow light setup.
Are they suitable for all stages of my plants’ growth?
Many growers will use HPS lamps throughout their plants’ life cycle. Whilst their plants will still grow perfectly well it is recommended you use an MH (metal halide) bulb for the flowering stages. These bulbs emit the blue spectrum which is closer to “natural” conditions.
Fruiting plants grown entirely with HPS grow lights tend to become “scraggly” and with mismatched growth. MH promotes more all-around growth, especially during the vegetative period.
If you can get an MH bulb and use it for the vegetative stages of your plants’ life cycle, this will ensure your plants get a headstart when entering the flowering stages at which point you can switch to an HPS bulb.
You do get dual spectrum HPS bulbs which incorporate the blue spectrum that your plants require. This is certainly better than using pure HPS throughout the whole process however they are nowhere near as powerful as MH bulbs on their own. If you want the best growth for your plants to use MH for vegetative and HPS for flowering.
How do I setup HPS grow lights?
It’s simple, plug it in and hang the HPS grow light above your plants. See this article for more information on how close you should put your light to your plants.
As previously mentioned you will need a reflector, ballast, timer & bulb to get started, you should also invest in a set of adjustable light hangers. A piece of string will work just as well but it will save you a lot of messing around as your plants grow and you need to raise your lighting.
What are the benefits of using HPS grow-lighting?
One of the major benefits of HPS grow-lighting is the sheer amount of power they can produce. A standard 600w grow light is suitable for 5 or 6 plants. Their relatively low upfront cost also means they outperform LED and CFL grow-lighting at least initially.
Another major benefit is that there’s a wealth of knowledge out there. People have been using HPS for decades and the chances are that if you’ve got a problem someone else has experienced it too, a quick Google search will probably turn up a solution for any problem you have.
Finally, HPS grow lighting is a mature technology unlike the much talked about LED. Basically, you know what you’re getting with HPS/MH, some LED manufacturers make overconfident claims and have no evidence to back it up.
What are the disadvantages of growing with HPS?
One of the major problems experienced with HPS lights is the amount of heat they produce. This can be dealt with by using extra extractor fans or air-cooled lighting but these are expensive, especially if you’re using multiple HPS lights.
If you don’t have much vertical space HPS lighting may not be the right choice for you. These lights need to be placed 12-20 inches above your plants, add that into the height your plants will grow and you’ll quickly run out of space especially if your growing in a cupboard.
Finally, electricity costs can quickly add up with HPS lighting systems. A typical 600w light will cost anywhere from £30 to £100 to run, this is entirely dependent on what you pay for electricity. Add in a couple of 600w lights all the required cooling equipment and you’re electricity bills will start to spiral.
Will my home burn down with HPS lights?
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the safety of high-pressure sodium lights, mostly caused by silly gardeners who don’t know how to set them up correctly or have bought some cheap Chinese imports without CE & ROHS certification.
Here are some tips to reduce any risk:
- Don’t use cheap plug-in timers, they’ll just melt
- Get a heavy duty timer with a switch
- Even better get a contactor switch
- Place the ballast on something which isn’t flammable (concrete, wooden blocks)
- Keep your grow room free from flammable products
- Make sure your smoke alarms work correctly
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case
Can I get a dual spectrum HPS lighting kit?
Many manufacturers now offer a range of high-pressure sodium bulbs with high PAR outputs, this means your plant can absorb more of the energy emitted by the light. For the best results get a metal halide bulb for vegetative growth and use HPS for flowering.
Magnetic vs digital ballasts – which is best?
Again we’ve covered this before. A magnetic ballast is usually 50% cheaper than a digital one but the old adage of you get what you pay for applies here. Digital ballasts will run cooler, longer and more silently than their analogue counterparts but cost double the money.
Digital ballasts are much more efficient and will result in fewer bulb replacements and in some cases produce more lumens. If you have the cash grab a digital ballast, if not a magnetic one will work just fine.
“These bulbs aren’t the most expensive but are just as solid and well made as any other.
I recommend changing after 3 or 4 cycles as you will get a little bit of drop off in lumens.
Also top tip don’t touch the glass always use a cloth to screw in.”
“This is a great value bulb, and it arrived in the post wrapped very securely and safely. It worked and continues to do so (well made and sturdy bulbs).
Would definitely buy again and I do recommend.”
“Very little heat issues, great for 1m tent, with an extra 10days to 2 weeks vegging under MH than you would with 400w prior to using the 250w HPS.“
PowerPlant is a brand by 1 of the UK’s largest hydroponic suppliers; HydroGarden.
PowerPlant offers a wide range of timers and lamps for all your hydroponic needs.
From HydroGardens website:
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