How To Install a Light Mover

How To Install a Light Mover2018-07-12T15:44:25+00:00

Before setup

When it comes to how to install a light mover, first buy a surge protector. Grow light systems need protection so you absolutely need this. Get a proper surge protector for your indoor grow system. The LightRail light mover circuit board can never damage itself because it uses very little electricity. That’s at only 5 watts for LightRail 3.5 Motors and 9 watts for LightRail 4.0 Motors. But, it can get damaged if you do not protect it from possible electrical surges in your grow room. Second, even though LightRail light movers are easy to set up, the electrical details for the grow light system in a grow room can be complicated. So, it’s recommended you get an electrician to help you plan out and setup any indoor grow system.

Setup

The most important detail in how to install a light mover is this. Read your grow light system instructions. But, for more visual help, there is the illustrated eBook guide, “How To Set Up Your LightRail“. Also, the grow light system “board mount method” is what’s recommended. And, you will see how to do that grow light mover detail in that illustrated guide. It walks you through, step by step, in how to install a light mover.

When thinking of how to set up a light mover, we need to first plan out the grow equipment space. This is the planning phase and for our grow light movers, it’s easy. That planning involves measuring out all the grow equipment details including the grow light system. A 4’x4’ area of grow lamp coverage can turn into a 4’x6’ area, as an example. And, a larger initial footprint will stretch out proportionally. In other words, an indoor growing kit square turns into an indoor growing kit rectangle. For extra help in planning the grow equipment space with grow light movers, here is the link grow light mover spacing.

First, buy a proper surge protector and not just a power strip

The next phase for indoor grow setups is in the pre-setup. And the first item we need in our indoor growing system is a surge protector. In other words, we need to get a proper surge protector and not just a power strip. Here is why a surge protector is the first step in how to set up a light mover. Electrical surges can occur in our grow light systems. And this is especially true in high wattage indoor grow setup environments. The LightRail light mover circuit board can never damage itself because it uses very little electricity LightRail light mover power consumption. But, it can get damaged if we don’t protect it from possible electrical surges in our indoor growing system.

How to set up a light mover; it’s easy and intuitive

Also in the pre-setup category are the more complicated details that go with the electricity of our grow light systems. LightRail light movers are easy to set up but the electrical details of our grow light systems can be complicated. So, it’s a good idea to get an electrician to help in setting up the indoor growing system space. And of course, high wattage indoor grow lights need grow light system ballasts indoor growing kit ballast info. And, our grow light movers should never be plugged into grow light system ballasts. Again, the grow light mover should be protected and we can do that with a surge protector.

The board mount method of installation is recommended by Gualala Robotics

For the actual details of how to set up a light mover, LightRail light mover instructions are available. But, there is another grow light system tool available. And, that is this eBook how to set up your LightRail. It’s a good grow equipment visual aid with plenty of grow light mover set up photos. And there we can see the board mount method of installation as recommended by Gualala Robotics. And, Gualala Robotics is the manufacturer of LightRail light movers. For this grow light system method, the light mover rail is mounted to a board first. And then, the board is mounted to the ceiling supports above the indoor growing system.

Rail Hangers for tents or greenhouses; Strut channel compatible rails for containers

Or, for the grow tent or four-season greenhouse, the light mover rail can be mounted with these Rail Hangers for tents or greenhouses. Also, if the indoor growing kit is in a container grow facility, the grow light movers can be mounted with a strut channel compatible light mover rail strut channel compatible rails for indoor grow setups.

There are many options for LightRail light movers and these indoor grow setup options are unique to this brand. And, it’s all very easy and intuitive when it comes to planning and setting up our grow light systems. Using grow light movers in our indoor grow setups improve the efficiency of those indoor grow setups. And, they are easy to plan and implement. When it comes to how to set up a light mover, there is plenty of support available.

Helpful and specific

Install a Gavita on to a trolley of the LightRail Add A Lamp Kit

The LightRail videos and media articles show how you can do very specific things. One such example shows how to hang a Gavita from the Auxiliary Trolley of an Add A Lamp Kit.

Take a few minutes to see if any of the specific grow light systems media articles grow light mover articles might be a match to your needs. Also, check out the many grow light mover videos grow light system videos. And, those include hanging Gavita grow light systems on LightRail light movers. Or, you’ll see how you can move three indoor grow lights with one LightRail light mover. You’ll also see how a grow warehouse, garage grow room or basement grow room might set up their grow equipment. And, there are indoor grow system videos of urban farms. The basic videos of how to install a light mover are there, as well. There are dozens of videos here and anyone might be a perfect match to your grow equipment needs.

More questions on how to install a light mover?

Try out the “FAQs” page for answers to questions such as how far apart should you set the Switch Stop stoppers on the light mover rail. Or, you’ll see the answer on how vent tubing works with a LightRail light mover. There are also the answers to questions about specific grow equipment weight capacities along with how many indoor grow lights can be moved with each grow light mover. And, you’ll find the details of how the LightRail light mover works in a four-season greenhouse or grow tent. Besides the “FAQs” page, there is also the “Trouble Shooting” page there, as well. That one is good for any problems in your grow light system setup

Trust your eye but know your facts

Inverse Square Law and LightRail light movers

When we move our indoor grow lights on LightRail light movers, we can tame inverse square law by getting a better quality grow lamp closer to the plants and at just the correct intermittent intensity (LAI) to more of the plant surfaces.

LightRail light movers are all about getting a better quality grow light system to more of the leaves. And, that better quality indoor grow light reaches each surface at just the right amount of time. You can also get your indoor grow lights closer for a more useful and intense grow lamp on those leaves. And, that’s now a strong, more angled indoor grow light which is how the sun works.

Stationary indoor grow lights, however, are weaker in that they force you to position them multiple feet above the canopy. So, at 5′ above, indoor grow lights are only 50% in strength for lumens and PAR. That is such a waste, but grow light movers let you fire in your grow light system. And, that’s without the hot spots or shadow patterns. Because of this, you’ll now get faster growth from your grow equipment. And, you’ll get significant yield increases from these indoor grow systems.

But, that’s if you do it right

You have to be smart and not move your indoor grow light too far. Typically moving a grow lamp up to 3′ (1 meter) might be just right. And, that’s Switch Stop to Switch Stop which will correlate to the middle of your indoor grow light with half your indoor grow light going beyond that stopper setting. So, that’s true for both directions of travel, with half your grow lamp system going beyond the stop. And the light pattern of the grow lamp system will go out farther, still. So, you might find you fill up a 6’6″ (2-meter) area with grow light coverage when those stoppers are set at about 3′ apart. Of course, the grow lights of indoor grow systems come in many sizes and strengths. So, there are many factors at play but your eye will tell you how you are doing.

You just do not want to be that person who is having their plants waiting too long for the grow lamp to come back. And, at up to a 3′ distance, Switch Stop to Switch Stop, that might be just right for light-loving plants. Again, that’s dependent on your grow light system. And yes, you can use just half a light mover rail to accomplish this. Also, for the time delay for the ends of the runs with a 3′ travel distance, 30-35 seconds might be just right.  So, that’s about a half turn on the time delay dial. Again, your eye will tell you how you are doing over time and minor adjustments are easy enough.