There are plenty of basement grow room tips out there for a variety of indoor grow systems. We’ll find basement grow room tips covering indoor growing equipment, hydroponic lighting and the basics of the grow light system. And, if it’s not a hydro grow kit, there are plenty of basement grow room tips on soil based indoor grow systems. So, no matter the indoor grow setup, those basement grow room tips will be there. But what about noise control for the basement indoor grow setup? Why does it seem like indoor grow systems in the basement are noisier?
For any indoor grow system, noise travels upward
There are two reasons that our indoor growing equipment seems louder in a basement. First, basement indoor grow systems live with us, so we notice the noise. We can’t walk away and go home because typically, that is home. Secondly and for any indoor grow system, noise travels upward. It’s just one of those odd truths, but it amplifies upward every single time. So, for the basement indoor grow setup, that loudness travels up into the living area above. This could be annoying if we had to live with that kind of indoor grow setup noise. That’s even if it’s at a low level and just barely noticeable. But, we can fix this indoor growing equipment basement reality easily enough. But first, let’s break down any sound sources for the indoor grow setup.
Grow equipment pumps and fans are the loudest indoor growing system components that we will have
Grow equipment pumps and fans are the loudest indoor growing system components that we will have. And, the fans are continuous and are almost like a white noise. They do a fairly good job of drowning out any other noise source in our indoor grow system. For that reason, we see fans as doing double duty for the indoor growing equipment. Still, it is a noise source to consider.
But what about the grow light system for the basement indoor grow setup? Are there any basement grow room tips for that? The grow light system is closest to the ceiling. So, any noise can be amplified up through the ceiling and into the floor above. Fortunately, the grow lamps used for indoor plant light are fairly quiet. And, grow light movers are reasonably quiet. This is especially true for LightRail light movers, including LightRail 3.5 Kits, LightRail 4.0 Kits and LightRail 4.20 Kits. But, any motorized hum in our grow light system can amplify upward. So, for our grow light system, our basement grow room tips are pretty specific.
What’s attached to the ceiling amplifies upward
Remember, what’s attached to the ceiling directly below where we live matters because it amplifies upward. So, the grow light system fix is simple. LightRail light movers recommend mounting the light mover rail, first to a board through all the mounting holes. And then, the instructions say to mount the board to the ceiling making contact with the studs or joists. We can see how that works here: Indoor grow system setup with grow light mover.
It makes sense, but what can be easily added is a strip of insulation between the rail and the board. One really easy insulation for size that works perfectly for the light mover rail is Sponge Window Seal – Wide. This serves to completely insulate any sound above the light mover rail that might emanate from directly below the light mover rail. So, it’s a pretty brilliant indoor grow system fix. And, it’s spot on for grow light system sound results. Indoor plant light needs to move on grow light movers and that knowledge is fairly universal. The ppfd difference for a moving grow light system is the best way to understand this. So, we can apply this simplest hack to our indoor growing equipment to make it all work.
That low tech fix is just a basic light mover rail length of insulation. It’s super smart. And, one last grow light system hack to mention, specific to LightRail 4.0 or LightRail 4.20 grow light movers, is to dial up the adjustable speed setting just a little. This will likely get rid of any robotic lights growl that might exist on that very lowest speed setting. And, that lowest setting growl might not be detected so much in the room, but it might be heard as it is amplified to the floor above.
What works for the grow lamps on grow light movers can also work for our entire indoor grow system
What works for the grow lamps on grow light movers can also work for our entire indoor grow system that we have in our basement grow setup. Grow lamps and indoor plant light, in general, are quiet. And, LightRail light movers, operated as motorized robotic lights, are also reasonably quiet. And, that turns into very quiet when a piece of insulation, as described above, is used. So with this thinking in mind, for the pump noise for our hydro grow kit or for the general fan noise, or for any other loudness, we can insulate the entire ceiling. And, we could use a variety of insulation techniques to accomplish this. It’s easy to do and the results are pretty amazing and that’s for any of the indoor grow systems.
Basement grow room tips include knowing that sounds issues are easy to fix
Noise control in a basement grow room setup is easy to fix. Whether directly at the point of contact at the ceiling through insulation strips or generally for the entire ceiling, we can insulate to take care of noise levels that tend to travel upward to where we live. These fixes are easy to do and the results in our basement grow setup with lowered sound levels will be significant.
Photo courtesy of Botany Unlimited Design Systems Botany Unlimited – Brilliant, all in one hydro grow kit with all grow lamps moved on LightRail light movers.