Aquaponic Induction Lighting using Inda-Gro Pro-420-PAR induction grow lighting for aquaponics.
Many living things are highly sensitive to the different wavelengths that are emitted by natural light sources. Unless you grow mushrooms most types of agriculture are highly dependent on sunlight, or in more recent times there is also the acceptance and adaptation of using artificial light sources to improve production capabilities or completely take the notion of seasonality out of the equation.
As an indoor gardener using different grow lights like HPS, MH, LED, Induction, Plasma and T5 or Compact Florescent Lighting, you understand the significance of not only having the right lighting intensity or artificial “day length”, it is also likely that you are at least somewhat familiar with how important the lighting spectrum can be to the type of response you get from the living organisms you are attempting to cultivate, in this case crops of flora. We’re kind of lucky as indoor or greenhouse growers in that while our historical “standards” like HPS and MH allowed us to skate by with a reasonable amount of success in spite of their far from the sun lighting qualities in terms of spectrum. Besides being inefficient because the spectrum isn’t much like sunlight, these old standards typically produce a lot of residual heat that further compounds to electrical consumption by adding cooling requirements.
Some types of living organisms for example like blue green algae are highly sensitive to light, meaning they need a light source as close to the sun as possible. Aquaculture is similar in this regard-different types of aquatic life can flourish or perish with a change in lighting versus their traditional natural source from the sun. Talk to any saltwater coral or reef fish enthusiast and you may quickly learn how sensitive aquatic life that needs light can be versus the types of crops indoor and greenhouse growers are accustomed to cultivation using artificial grow lights.
Inda-Gro Induction Grow Lights have been adapted for a wide range of applications outside of greenhouse and indoor growing applications where growers want results as well as power savings, including acting as underwater direct illumination for algae growth-as linked above. They are favored wherever high levels of rendering as close to the suns natural spectra are useful. Of further value, particularly for commercial applications, is that the lamps do not require replacement and operate virtually maintenance free saving on both lamp replacement costs and the labor expense associated with regular replacements. We tend to think that’s better for the environment too, because HID lamps may contain harmful substances that can start to pile up, even with safe disposal practices.
Aquaponic Induction Lighting
PENTAIR is proud to announce that they now offer the entire line of Inda-Gro products to their customers. Inda-Gro Induction Lighting Systems and Controls has proven themselves to be an industry leader in advanced energy efficient plant lighting systems. With the launch of the new PENTAIR series of Inda-Gro induction lights they have found the perfect match to support the plant lighting needs for all of their aquaculture projects worldwide. Designed for commercial scale crop production Inda-Gro consistently delivers superior crop production results with their long lasting, energy efficient products.
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Universal voltage driver operates on 120-277volt 50/60Hz supply circuits
Current Draw @ 120 volts: 3.6 amps – Current Draw @ 240 volts 1.8 amps
Min/Max operating ambient temperature ranges: 32-130° F (0-54° C)
Wattage @ the plug: ~420 watts (wattage may vary
+/- 10% due to lamp glass temperatures).
Thermal Contribution: 1500 btu/hr.
Power Factor: 0.99
Erik Biksa has been writing about and discussing hydroponics growing, related technologies and cropping methods since 1999 in a variety of professional publications and platforms globally Erik has travelled the world learning and teaching modern growing techniques and technologies and is appreciated by many growers for his informative yet hands on approaches. Presently, he is the Editor at Grozine Hydroponics Mag.