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Light Measurement

If you've browsed our offerings so far, you'll have undoubtedly noticed that we do not mention lumens, lux, wattage, or other commonly seen measurements.  That's not an oversight.  The truth is that these values are inconsequential and in some cases, outright irrelevant.  Lumens and lux simply describe how many foot-candles of light are being put out by the light source.  They do not address spectrum, color temperature peaks, or any other useful information about the quality of the light or the usability of the light by plants.  Watts is another fairly useless measure unless you know the power factor (efficiency) of the lighting system.  Watts are the consumption of power by the lighting system.  This input power is converted to heat and photons.  The more heat that is produced, the fewer photons are put out by the lighting system.  So systems that produce a significant amount of heat have a less efficient circuit and overall design, which means fewer photons are released.  Conversely, the cooler a lighting system (or components, like a ballast for Metal Halide fixture) runs, the more photons are released by the lighting system.  Photons are, quite literally, the energy that drives the healthy growth of plants.  It's straight up science without any hype.

Since we design all our own circuits, ballasts, and fixtures, we optimize the amount of photons that are released and available for photosynthesis by plants.  Our lighting systems run exceptionally cool in comparison to any other similar product on the market

The other measurement of lighting systems is the spectrum produced by the system.  All lighting systems produce a spectrum of light, from the infra-red to the ultraviolet, with the visible spectrum residing in between the two.  To properly and efficiently conduct photosynthesis, plants require an optimized, full spectrum.  We can augment certain wavelengths (more commonly, though incorrectly referred to in degrees Kelvin) in order to achieve certain goals.  For example, our Nature's Lyte LumiLite PRO LED Light Bar has a mix of 3500K and 5000K LEDs.  This means that while they produce a nice, full spectrum of usable light, they have peaks at 3500K and 5000K.  Since each color temperature (i.e. wavelength) is individually dimmable in six steps, you can tailor the light produced to achieve your specific goal.  If you're looking to maximize foliage growth, turn down the 3500K channel a little and maximize the 5000K channel.  Alternately, if you're trying to induce flowering and fruiting, turn down the 5000K channel and maximize the 3500K channel.  For overall growth with a natural flowering and fruiting cycle, keep both channels at even levels or use our Ultra Performance LED lighting.  No matter which way you go, you're still getting an optimal full spectrum of light to foster the healthy growth of plants.

Designed and built in the USA, our lighting systems deliver because of science, not hype or hope.  Our commercial and retail clients continue to do business with us because we offer the very best in lighting for horticulture, without regard to the setting.  We deliver that by circuit design efficiency, maximum light energy output, and delivering the highest value you'll get for your lighting system expenditure, including operating costs.