Basically, it’s “know before you grow”. But also, absolutely learn as you grow, and then improve. This light mover guide covers the three most important grow light system details to know for the grow room. And, those grow light system details are specifically geared towards using LightRail grow light movers.
Point one: Know the product
The first point to mention in this light mover guide is to know your product. And, specifically, know where it comes from and know what kind of support is available. As an example, LightRail light movers are made in the USA. And, they are built to last for a very, very long time. And, that’s under continuous use. They are built with instrument grade robotics, and this makes them very capable work horses for any grow room or greenhouse.
Quality matters so keep it real
LightRail light movers also have an in-house service department along with troubleshooting tech support. But for any off-brand light mover, made in China, here is the question. Where might their service department be located? We don’t know either. Also, and this is interesting, feedback from Europe tells us that half these imitation light movers break sometime before the one year warranty. And, that’s if there is a warranty. And, the other half break right after. Oops. What now? Here’s what matters: The LightRail light mover brand tells us this. Quality matters, and without quality in our grow light movers, we are simply future victims of an inferior product. Ouch! If this has ever happened to you in the past, you didn’t fail but you did learn. The lesson is, keep it real and keep it LightRail.
Point two: Know how much grow room area you can cover
The second point to mention in this light mover guide is to know how much grow room area we can cover. Can two stationary indoor grow lights turn into one grow lamp moved on a LightRail light mover? No, probably not. A grow light mover is more about getting the most out of our indoor grow lights than simply covering more area. Although, and this is important to know, we can cover about 30% – 50% more area with our indoor grow lights. No, it’s not 100% more area as in two indoor grow lights turned into one. In that instance, the plants would simply be waiting too long for the grow lamp to come back.
To picture this, LightRail 3.5 has a speed of 4 feet per minute. Going out along the Rail and then returning that same distance needs to be within reason. That’s to keep plants interacting with the grow light system with an an intense interaction, and then off-side and angled, and then back to intense.
No matter how powerful a grow lamp is, on a light mover it can be lowered for much better PAR and ppfd
For a visual, a 4×4 indoor grow light setup, as an example, can turn into a 4×6 indoor grow light setup with light movers. That’s significant. We can see how this works in the following sample grow rooms: Indoor growing systems. Plus, it’s all scalable, so we can duplicate that, end to end and row after row. So, small scale or not, that makes grow light movers seriously efficient, but also energy efficient. And, when we move our grow light system with light movers, we get faster growth and significant yield increases. That’s because the grow lamp, no matter how powerful that grow lamp is, can be lowered to get a much better quality PAR and better grow light ppfd numbers evenly to the canopy. That’s an Inverse Square Law thing and it’s huge for the yield numbers.
A better quality of indoor plant light to more of the leaves and at just the right amount of time
When the grow lamp is moved, there are no longer any hot spots, so we can get closer with our indoor plant light. Also to know, because the grow light system is moving with LightRail light movers, the indoor plant light comes in at angles. For that grow equipment detail, we get a better quality of indoor plant light to more of the leaves and at just the right amount of time. Again, yield numbers love these kinds of grow equipment details. And, whether we use a LightRail 3.5 Kit, a LightRail 4.0 Kit or a LightRail 4.20 Kit, we see major yield improvement.
Point Three: Where to set the switch stop stoppers and time delay settings
The third point to mention in this light mover guide is to know where to set the Switch Stop stoppers on the Rail and what should be the time delay at those stops. Now that we know a 4×4 can turn into a 4×6 with a LightRail light mover, as one sample space example, we know we want to stay within that area. The light mover rail is 2 meters long, or 6’6”, so it’s already a good template for what we’re doing. But, if we set the Switch Stop stoppers near the end of that light mover rail, we are simply trying to move our grow lamp too far. The exception might be lower light plants like lettuce or dill, or very young plants.
Half the grow lamp frame would go beyond that stopper setting
That kind of setting would mean we are really covering about 8’ with the grow lamp because the stopper setting on the light mover Rail correlates to the middle of the grow lamp. So, half the grow lamp frame would go beyond that stopper setting. And, that’s for both ends of the run. Knowing this detail for our indoor grow setup means putting the stoppers at about 3’ apart (1m) on the light mover rail might be just right. And with the stoppers at that 3′ grow equipment spacing, typically then about a half turn on the time delay dial will be perfect.
So, how far can I move a grow light would be answered with three feet, as an average. And, how long should a light mover time delay be should be answered with about 30 seconds or so for the time delay setting for the ends of each run. That should be a good setting for the grow light movement time delay to go along with a 3′ run. For a very intense indoor grow light like some of the double ended grow lights or very strong LED grow lights, we might shorten that time delay. And, our eye will tell us, over time, if any of that needs to be changed slightly.
The best light mover guide advise is this: Quality grow lamps should absolutely be paired with light movers, every single time
These light mover guide details are easy enough and fairly intuitive. For our grow rooms, we learn what we can, ahead of time, and then we learn as we go. Grow light movers are there to help us get good results. And, it’s the only way to maximize our grow light systems so that they can be the best they can be. Quality grow lamps on grow light movers get the best possible PAR and ppfd to the canopy. Nothing comes close. They should absolutely be paired together, every single time. And, growth rates and yield numbers will be our reward for doing it right. “Move your lights” is one of the best pieces of grow room advice to share. So, share what you know.