How to choose your new DAYLIGHT reflector.
So, you’ve probably found yourself here after a long trawl on the old t’interwebs and have now firmly decided to take a step into the brave new world of full spectrum lighting. After some furious research, you mop the sweat from your brow and relax in the knowledge that Ceramic Metal Halide lights are clearly the number one choice for you. So, the only question remaining is which reflector is going to be the best for you?
Well fortunately for you, that is exactly the sort of thing we are quickly going to be covering here. We are briefly going to be going through each type of reflector for our DAYLIGHT 315W grow lights, so you will know exactly which one will be most suitable, for your personal growing space. What more could you ask for?
Let’s get started! – What space do you have?
The overall shape and volume of your growing area is what you need to establish when considering which reflector will be most suitable. The main parameters to think about boil down to:
- How much floor space do you have to play with.
- What shape that floor space actually is.
- How much head height do you have to play with.
One of these things is not like the other
In a very similar (yet polar opposite) way to how you may have pointed out incorrect shapes on episodes of Sesame Street in your youth, you need to first identify which shape of reflector is going to best match the shape of your growing area. This can be done in a very rudimentary fashion by asking yourself the following series of questions:
1) Is your growing area a square (or series of squares) or is your growing area rectangular (or a series of rectangles)?
This is the first question to ask as our reflectors come in either a square or rectangular shape. The Focus and Euro reflectors being more suitable for a square footprint of light, and the horizons and single DAYLIGHTs being more suitable for rectangular footprints of light.
2) How large or small is each of the consecutive rectangles or squares that you want to cover?
Once you have established whether you’re working with squares or rectangles, you want to get yourself an idea of how large or small each of those areas are. The DAYLIGHT Horizons being most suitable for wide rectangles and the DAYLIGHT Single V3’s for smaller rectangles. Then DAYLIGHT Focus’ being mostly suitable for larger squares and the DAYLIGHT Euro’s being mostly suitable for smaller ones.
3) How much head-height do you have?
If your room has a high ceiling then this is less of a concern but in grow rooms with a limited head height, you may want to consider reflectors that spread the light outwards rather than directing it all downwards. The DAYLIGHT Horizon being the widest angled and so doubling as an ideal option for areas that struggle with a low head height.
Let there be light!
That’s basically it. Now go buy yourself some grow lights and get growing some champion veg. Well, that’s not really it to be honest. There’s actually a lot more to it all like crop DLI requirements, light uniformity at canopy level or cross-over lighting from multiple lights but this little guide should at least point you in the right direction. Watch the video below for more info on DAYLIGHT 315W reflectors.
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