ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Grow Light Reviews- The High Pressure Sodium (HPS) Light - Maximize Your Yield

Updated on October 24, 2011
HPS light with hood
HPS light with hood

In the event you garden in an inside setting, one of the very important pieces of equipment you should have is proper lighting. These lamps will ultimately mimic as closely as you possibly can natural sunlight for maximum plant growth and progress. One popular choice with growers is a high pressure sodium light source.

The high pressure sodium light, which are categorised as HPS lamps or HPS equipment and lighting, are favored by indoor gardeners that are growing plants that they would like to grow fat medical buds on. The HPS lamps give off light in the orange color spectrums, and plants need this light spectrum so that they can bring on the biggest nugs when flowering. If seedlings were being grown, they would certainly prefer a blue light source spectrum, which helps plants to create vegetation, necessary at the earlier growing stages but less beneficial once the plants reach maturity.

HPS lights are very durable, even as long as eighteen months. They cost less to perform than incandescent grow lamps do also. They produce six times as much light as an incandescent bulb does with all the same watt of consumed energy to perform so.

HPS lamps will likely need to be used in combination with other indoor growing equipment. This will usually include a ballast. A ballast is required to control the electrical current flow towards the light bulb. Because HPS lamps usually run at a higher temperature, some type of a cooling system will likely need to be in place. Most are often used together by using reflectors, which help to improve the spread of the light into a larger area of expanding surface.

A high pressure sodium light can even be combined with a metal halide lamp, which emits light from the blue spectrum. If these two bulbs are put into the same reflector, they could produce all the light than a plant needs to expand from infancy to maturation.

In addition to the high pressure sodium light, many growers are checking out the LED grow light source for indoor garden lighting style. An LED grow light source runs cool, eliminating the need for cooling systems, and they are very light in heaviness, an important consideration once the light fixtures must be hung and also the height adjusted above expanding plants. They also utilize the least amount of energy of any of the HID grow lights, making them economical to make use of in a greenhouse placing, where several lights needs to be purchased and used.

Many of these grow lights are accessible online from grow light source merchants.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Grow profile image


      7 years ago from British Columbia - The Amsterdam Of North America

      The popular belief is that you need metal halides for vegetative growth (prior to flowering), and High pressure sodium for flowering. I have broken this rule on a few occasions and haven't noticed any dramatic differences.

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      Seems like 'tis the season for just such a product!

    • chspublish profile image


      7 years ago from Ireland

      Good to know this as I learn more and more about the use of grow lights.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)