Street Light – LED Strip
- A brand by Nutriculture
- 3-year warranty
- More usable light energy without sacrificing intensity or lamp life
- Tailored to promote optimum development at each plant growth stage
- Various sizes available
This Street Light LED strip light can be used for various stages of your plants’ growth and flower. The self cooling technology means much less heat is produced and the light works at a far superior efficiency than normal lighting. This means the desired level of lighting can be achieved without creating all the unwanted heat issues. They boast a long life of up to 50,000 hours and come in a robust aluminium casing. They are nearly silent in operation and the self-ballasted design means no adaptors are required. Up to 7 lights can be linked to cover a larger growing area.
Street Light LED Strip also boasts a huge 3 Year Warranty.
Propagation: 6500k version fixtures are perfect for cuttings during propagation and the germination and nurturing of small seedlings. Ideal as a supplementary light to HID lighting.
Flowering: The 2700k version is used for the flowering stage of the grow cycle.
Every grow stage: The dual version 6500/2700k is a less hassle option that offers more freedom for growers short on time.
Conversions: 1 Teaspoon = 5mL | 1 Tablespoon = 15 mL | 1 Ounce = 30mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL
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 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.
“Easy to fit, extremely bright. Used 4 in a 6m x 5m workshop – you certainly wouldn’t need any more”
“I have installed the lights in my indoor garden and the the brightness is better than I expected they were easy to install and good value. Any competent person should be able to connect up.”
“Quick and easy to install. Very bright lights, much nicer than I expcted but then I have never used LED lighting before. The delivery was very quick and the items were well packaged.“
About Street Light
Street light is a brand by 1 of the UK’s largest hydroponic suppliers; Nutriculture.
Street Light is a range of products designed to help with the growth and care of your plants.
From the Nutriculture website:
Designed by pioneers
Nutriculture’s founder, Dr John Molyneux is the father of British hydroponics. He was the first to design and manufacture hobby hydroponic systems for use by home-growers.
John was studying for a PhD at Liverpool University, England in the early 1970s when he conducted extensive trials on the effects of growing without soil to give roots optimum access to oxygen, water and nutrients – he was impressed by the huge yields produced.
He perfected the complex commercial hydroponic set-ups and down-scaled them to make them suitable for home use.
He completed his doctorate and dedicated his career to bringing the benefits of the then-fledgeling science of hydroponics to the hobby grower…..
With a heritage like this, it should be no surprise that Nutriculture hydroponic systems are the market leader in Britain.
Rooted in Plant Science
It’s all about the roots. Give roots a great balance of water, nutrients and oxygen and they’ll grow faster, stronger, healthier and produce bigger yields.
Our botanists, horticulturalists and plant geneticists start every product design project with this plant science in mind.
Tested with Rigor
Our testing processes are famously rigorous. Whatever the hydroponic technique we’re developing a system for – we test and develop until we are satisfied the system optimises the potential of that technique.
Every product is extensively trialled in controlled conditions at our trials complex in England and in the real-world amongst a community of growers from beginner to advanced gardener, in a range of growing situations.