Maxibright Daylight LED Grow Light
- Recommend light height from canopy : 50cm
- Optimised for use in 1.2m x 1.2m area
- Chip efficiency at 2.8 umol per watt
- Actual delivered light efficiency at 2.3 umol per watt
- 8 LED bars – Dimmable from 30% to 100%
- High quality Osram and Lumileds LEDs
- Light Bars can be tilted at 30° to cover all areas of grow room
- Environment & Energy Saving
- Silent passive cooling system
- High photoelectric conversion efficiency
The Maxibright Daylight 600W LED Grow Light is the first LED from UK’s leading grow lighting manufacturer Maxibright. After extensive testing and development they have now released the Daylight to the market and it represents the best value for money of all the LED grow lights we’ve seen.
The Maxibright Daylight 600W LED uses predominantly Osram White LED’s with the addition of some Lumiled red spectrum to ensure optimum performance throughout the life of the plants.
The unit is made up of 8 X 1m LED bars connected to the running gear, it is easily installed by one person as the running gear is suspended in position before the LED bars are connected.
At 100% output the unit delivers 1518 μmol/s which is an overall fixture efficiency of 2.3 μmols/J but it is fully dimmable from 100% down to 30%
Hobbyists often take up hydroponics because they want to grow their own food but don’t have access to outdoor space. Although the sun is the ideal lighting source for growing plants, artificial lighting in indoor systems can provide a good substitute within the appropriate colour spectrum.
Choosing the best lights for your hydro system can be daunting for a beginner. There are tons of options out there and depending on your system size and type of plants you are growing; some types may be better or more efficient than others.
Outside, a vegetable garden requires between four and six hours of direct sun per day, plus at least 10 hours of “bright light” or indirect sunlight. With artificial lighting in your hydroponic garden, the main goal is to imitate this. You should plan your system on having at least 14 to 16 hours of bright artificial light, followed by 10 to 12 hours of darkness every day. The darkness is just as important as the light—just like animals, plants need time to rest and metabolize.
If your plants are perennials, you will have to have a more strict and calculated lighting schedule to bring the plants through their vegetative (growth) and flowering (production) stages. The easiest way to maintain a lighting schedule is with an automatic electric timer. They are worth the investment because one small mistake or simply forgetting to turn the lights on or off has the potential to affect your plants’ growth and production rates dramatically.
Different Plants, Different Needs
An electronic timer is especially necessary if you are growing a variety of different plants. Although you can follow the general guidelines above and have success, some plants do much better with longer or shorter periods of “daylight.” If you have a mix of these in your garden, you will need to figure out a custom schedule. An electric timer allows you to take care of this hassle-free and change it according to your needs as your garden evolves.
Short Day Plants: These require a long period of darkness to photosynthesize and produce flowers. If they are exposed to over 12 hours of light per day, they will not flower. Poinsettias, strawberries, cauliflower, and chrysanthemums are short-day plants. The short-day cycle mimics the environment in nature for plants the flower in the spring.
Long Day Plants: These require up to 18 hours of sunlight per day. They include wheat, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, and turnips. The long-day cycle mimics the natural environment of summer-flowering plants.
Day Neutral Plants: These are the most flexible. They produce fruit no matter how much light they are exposed to. Some examples include rice, eggplant, roses, and corn.
If you must mix sort and long-day plants, it is best to compromise their needs and pick a lighting schedule that is right in the middle, around fourteen hours of light per day.
Parts of the System
All hydro lighting systems have four main parts. These are the bulb, reflector hood, remote ballast, and timer.
Bulb: The most popular wattage for hydroponic bulbs is between 400-600 Watts. Most hydro gardeners use High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lights. HID bulbs produce light by sending an arc of electricity between two electrodes that are encased in glass with a mixture of gas and metal salts. The gas aids the creation of the arc, which then evaporates the metal salts, producing bright white light.
There are two types of bulbs available: High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) and Metal Halide (MH). Conversion lamps allow you to switch between the two types of bulbs easily.
Metal Halide is a good all-around light, and for most vegetables, it will work very well. If you can only afford or only have room for one type of bulb, MH is a good choice. They cost on average $150 or less for 400 watts. These should be replaced at least every two years, but a decrease in efficiency after about fifteen months so may need replacing earlier.
High-Pressure Sodium bulbs are the best choice for the flowering or fruiting stage of your plants. They are more expensive, so they are often used in combination with an MH bulb (used during vegetative state) to save money on replacement costs. Although they are more expensive initially, HPS bulbs last up to twice as long as MH, up to five years. But, like MH lights they do lose effectiveness with use and may need to be replaced as often as every two years based on how much use they get.
Reflector Hood: The reflector hood is a reflective casing around the bulb. It increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the bulb by reflecting the light down onto the plants at multiple angles, giving a more effective spread. This also allows you to use lights that give off less heat, saving on electricity and cooling costs.
Remote Ballast: The ballast is the power box that powers the light. Sometimes ballasts are sold as a part of the lamp assembly, but these are usually far too hot and heavy. Remote ballasts are much better for home systems. This is the most expensive element of the lighting system, so it must be kept off the ground to ensure that it never gets wet in case of a flood or leak. Flooding is risky with systems such as Ebb & Flow in case your drainage tube gets clogged. It is recommended to buy the ballast as a set with the bulb because they must match each other in wattage.
Timer: Timers are the most inexpensive piece of the lighting system, but they are incredibly important. They must be heavy-duty and grounded (3 prong plug) but can be either manual or electric. Manual timers use pins and have two plugs on either side so that you can attach it to two lamps at once. Manual timers are more popular because they are less likely to break than electric.
“I’ve been growing under lights for almost 10 years now and I have to be honest about lighting and that is light quality really matters. I first started using fluorescents for starting heirloom tomato plants from seed to sell to customers who wanted plants they couldn’t find in any big box stores and the t-5 was great for this purpose.Then LED grow lights came on the scene and I was very excited to have a light specifically tailored to plant growth, bit was I wrong. This purple light killed of my tiny Tim hydroponic tomatoes anything else placed under the light didn’t survive so fed up I was done with LED grow lights and went back to the tried and true fluorescents t-5 high output. Then this light comes on the scene and from the reviews and testimonials I knew LED lights had finally matured into plant growing machines. The first I have to say about this light is that it’s bright very bright and the light spread is excellent. Second is the build quality, I’m not into things that is built like nobody cares about doing their best to make a quality product but this light is different. It’s build with quality and it reminds me of a very important term we used in the military , attention to detail and with this Maxibright grow light really nailed it. And last is the price, I know they say that you get what you pay for, but with this light you are getting more for the price. Oh and did I mention that the spectrum is the closest I’ve ever seen to natural sunlight. I plan to buy more of these lights because they are well worth it 👍. Thanks.”
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Maxigrow has been manufacturing Maxibright horticultural products since 1996. All products are continually scrutinized for quality and value for money. All our products are manufactured to CE, British Standards and are RoHS compliant. This is to make sure that you as a purchaser are buying the best quality products, legally and safely. All Maxibright horticultural products go through rigorous in house, end of line testing. Our internal systems and procedures, integrated with well-trained staff ensure that our quality is second to none. We want you, as the end-user of Maxibright products, to rest assured that they have been designed with safety and reliability in mind.