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Artificial Lighting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Parr Oct 22, 2012. 13 Replies

Hi everyone. I am working on setting up a completely indoor, artificially lit aquaponics facility. Can I get some opinions on what lighting to use?

 

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At 12:58pm on October 20, 2012, Jesse Hull said…

Hey Julie, 

I'm planning to do a report on my experience with induction lighting.  

In short, all pictures and notes I've posted regarding plants grown under induction fluorescent lighting are on the up and up, so the results are what you see. 

The issues I have with the manufacturers of these lights or manufacturers of any lights for that matter, are any claims made such as, "A 400watt induction lamp can compete with/outperform a 600watt HID" (I haven't really found that to be true), "They produce little to no heat" (they actually produce a significant amount of heat), etc.
The benefits of induction lamps include:
  • Longer life - An induction lamp (bulb) can last as long as 15 years. 
  • At 70% of it's lifespan it will still produce 90% of it's original lumen output.
  • Since the bulb is wider in diameter than other fluorescent lamps, there is the potential for more phosphors to be used.  This could allow for a better spectrum to be produced.

I'll have more to say later.  

At 11:52pm on August 19, 2012, Sylvia Bernstein said…

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