Maximum Yield USA July 2018 - Page 42

dec s ons, dec s ons, dec s ons, Three Considerations to Make When Designing Growroom Lighting by Kent Gruetzmacher 42 Maximum Yield Deciding which indoor horticultural lighting to purchase for your growroom can be a confusing endeavor. To make the process smoother, Kent Gruetzmacher says there are three things all growers should consider before anything else: initial cost, energy demands, and growroom infrastructure. T he indoor gardening industry evolves with the technology that supports it. Lighting is one segment of indoor gardening technology that has major influence. To illustrate, the inclusion of light emitting diode (LED) lights has begun to alter the way in which cultivation operations are designed and operated. In a similar vein, and some years ago, the invention of double-ended (DE) high pressure sodium (HPS) lighting had a similar paradigm-shifting effect. While advancements in both technology and methodology are doubtlessly exciting, the rapid influx of changing lighting technologies on the market proves both confusing and intimidating for all levels of growers. When designing a growroom, it’s all too easy to become overwhelmed with the complexities of lighting schematics, as well as with sales pitches and marketing gimmicks. Unfortunately, this often leads to illogical impulse buys. To avoid this, cultivators looking to design a system for an indoor garden can follow the simple criteria below to logically plan their growroom lighting.