First, we just want to say, light mover space planning is super easy. Planning our grow light system is so easy, in fact, that what works for the smallest indoor grow kit also works for the largest commercial grow warehouse. So, we can plan for one grow lamp to move on a grow light mover. Or, we can plan for 500 grow lamps to move on multiple grow light movers. Light mover space planning is smart and intuitive, and we like that.
30% more grow room area covered per indoor plant light
Here is a simple way to think about light mover space planning. If a stationary indoor grow light covers a 4 foot by 4 foot grow room footprint, as one example, then we can do this. On a grow light mover, we can extend that 4 foot by 4 foot indoor plant light coverage area. So, that indoor plant light can now shine on an indoor grow system space of 4 feet by 6 feet. Do you see what we just did? We were able to extend our indoor plant light coverage by about 30% of the whole. And, that’s 50% more if just looking from the starting point. So, from the whole, that’s about 30% more grow room area covered per indoor plant light. And specifically, that’s when we move our grow lamps on grow light movers. Of course, that number depends on many variables including the number of stationary lights being used as a benchmark.
It’s also in getting more penetration and more surface leaf area coverage
What happens to the grow lamp coverage of the 5-foot by 5-foot stationary footprint indoor grow light? What happens when that grow lamp is now moving along the light mover rail? Here is what this indoor grow light setup would look like. A 5 foot by 5 foot grow light system coverage, when stationary, would turn into about a 5 foot by 7 ¼ foot indoor grow system. So, no matter the stationary footprint of the indoor grow light, we see this. We get more coverage when each grow lamp moves along the light mover rail. And, that indoor grow system coverage is not just in more actual footprint area. It’s also in getting more grow light penetration and more surface leaf area coverage. We’ll get into that very important fact a little farther down.
End to end and row after row
Light mover space planning could not be easier. So, whether we have a grow tent, a basement grow room or a large grow warehouse facility, we do this. We simply plan our indoor grow system, end to end and row after row.
So what about our shopping list once we have that basic math down? Here’s the good news. Those grow light system details can be pretty simple, as well. LightRail light movers give us the most options, including some shortcut options for your grow light setups. So, what we call shortcuts they call Add A Lamp indoor grow kits and here’s the thing to know. Up to three grow lamps can move per LightRail light mover motor. That’s in-line, so again, that’s row after row to fill up our indoor grow system. Here is how this grow room design plan looks.
One, two or three grow lamps moved per LightRail light mover motor
With light mover space planning and using the Add A Lamp indoor grow kit, we can do this. One grow lamp can move on its 2-meter (6’6”) light mover rail. For two grow lamps, we now have 4 meters (13’) of light mover rail. And, that’s with the second indoor grow light moving under the trolley of the Add A Lamp indoor grow kit. Now, let’s move a third indoor grow light. So, to do that, we will have another 2 meter light mover rail, so we now have 6 meters (19′) of light mover rail. And, that third grow lamp will also move under the trolley of an Add A Lamp indoor grow kit.
AAL with rail, motor with rail, AAL with rail, in that order
So, three grow lamps would be in this order. We would first have an Add A Lamp indoor grow kit with a 6’6” light mover rail. Then, we would have another 6’6” light mover rail with that middle grow lamp moving under the light mover motor. And last, we would have the third grow lamp moving under the trolley of the Add A Lamp indoor grow kit. In other words, with three grow lamps, the two outer ones will move with the help of the Add A Lamp indoor grow kits. And, that’s with push-pull rods. So, the movements of the indoor plant lights are all in unison with the grow lamp under the motor.
Angled indoor plant light on a light mover reaches more of the leaves, just like the sun
Light mover space planning gives us more coverage than in actual linear space alone. It also gives us more coverage and better coverage of plant surfaces. This happens as the indoor plant light moves along the light mover rail. And, that grow light system movement specifically gets that indoor plant light coming in at angles. So, more of the leaves receive grow lamp contact. And, that difference is specifically in comparison to stationary grow lamps that beat down with hot spots in a never changing way. So, the angled indoor plant light on a grow light mover reaches more of the leaves, just like the sun. It’s a much more natural and effective grow light setup for our indoor grow systems. The scientific term for this is the Leaf Area Index and it makes all the difference in growth rates and yield numbers.
Maximum PAR and ppfd gets us maximum indoor grow system results
Getting stronger, closer grow lamp coverage is also something we can do when our grow lamps are moving. It’s a way to get maximum PAR right to the plant canopy of our indoor grow systems. Maximum PAR gets us maximum indoor grow system results.
So, we want to get the grow light system close without the hot spots. And, moving the grow light system on LightRail light movers eliminates those hot spots. It’s the only way we can achieve that. For a side by side grow light ppfd chart, here is a straight forward way to see this.
Light mover space planning is easy and allows for 30% more area covered plus better coverage
Light mover space planning is easy and allows for about 30% more linear area to be covered with our grow light systems. Plus, we get substantially more leaf area covered as the indoor plant light comes in at angles. And, that angled grow light gets to more of those leaves at just the correct amount of time for maximum results. For LightRail 3.5 Kits, LightRail 4.0 Kits and LightRail 4.20 Kits, they all qualify as efficiency products. That’s in an efficient use of each indoor plant light. And, it’s in making the most of each grow lamp with closer, better grow lamp coverage.
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