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How to Cool Down your Grow Room

Jul 28, 14 How to Cool Down your Grow Room

The last time I covered hydroponics, I talked about general air circulation and how important it is to keep a breeze cycling through your grow room.  With the sizzling hot month of August looming ahead and the summer heat adding up, the dangers of excess heat from lighting and improper ventilation in your grow room can become extremely dangerous to your plants.  But can you actually do anything about the annual heat wave?  Take a look below for some helpful tips on how to stay frosty and keep your plants cool.

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Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Jul 25, 14 Why Do My Light Bulbs Keep Burning Out?

Although incandescent light bulbs typically have lifespans from 1,000 to 3,000 hours, many people have light fixtures in their home that burn through bulbs at a much faster rate. If you’ve had to replace light bulbs in the same fixtures time and time again, this week’s entry is for you. While burned out bulbs are sometimes the fault of defective products, often this blame is misplaced. Why not rule out other causes and possibly save yourself the expense of a new light? Below are a few common reasons light bulbs routinely burn out.

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10 LED Lighting Terms: Explained

Jul 21, 14 10 LED Lighting Terms: Explained

We’ve covered standard lighting terms before, but LEDs have a set of terms of their own.  The barrage of foreign jargon and acronyms on LED data sheets can leave a lot of people floundering between numbers and flashy buzz-words they aren’t used to.  So here’s a short list of 10 important industry terms and what they mean to help you make a more informed decision when you’re picking out your next LED light bulb.

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Buying a Metal Halide Bulb: 4 Factors to Consider

Jul 18, 14 Buying a Metal Halide Bulb: 4 Factors to Consider

Metal halide (MH) bulbs are a popular type of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp. Metal halide bulbs emit very powerful, bright white light and generally have a higher color-rendering index (CRI) than other HIDs. They can be used either indoors or outdoors but are best used in applications that take advantage of their energy efficiency and high CRIs, such as parking lots, sports game lighting and automotive headlamps. There are many kinds of metal halide bulbs, along with many industry terms that may make it difficult to select the bulb you need. That’s why in this week’s entry, we define and discuss some important factors you should consider when purchasing a new HID metal halide light bulb.

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Dining Room Lighting Tips

Jul 16, 14 Dining Room Lighting Tips

Whether the occasion is a holiday dinner or weekend get-together, the dining room is a place where family and friends can congregate and enjoy the company of one another. Because it’s such an important gathering place in the home, a dining room should have lighting that creates a comfortable atmosphere, and the light fixtures themselves should be stylish yet functional to compliment the space. To help you achieve lighting that covers all of these bases, we’ve outlined a few things to consider when choosing the best lighting for your dining room.

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Air Circulation: What You Need to Know

Jul 14, 14 Air Circulation: What You Need to Know

Most of our world is a layered mass of solids and liquids.  Stacked on top is a thin layer of invisible gas we call air.  While mostly inert nitrogen, air contains the elements needed by almost every living thing and plants use both oxygen and CO2 depending on the day/night cycle.  Plants breathe using the stomata, or pores, underneath their leaves.  Over time these pores can get clogged by dirt, dust, or other air-borne particles pretty easily.  Usually, rain and wind wash and dry the leaves to keep them clean while moving fresh air around them, but in a greenhouse or grow room you have to replicate the effect using ventilation systems and sprays.

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