Light Rail is the only light mover made for continuous duty, will move any grow light weight, and it is the single most important way to supercharge our indoor grow light equipment. We get much better yields when our grow lights move because more leaf area is reached with better light, so no hot spots, no shadow patterns. Plus we cover about 50% more area, and that’s per grow light. See Ppfd Chart on home page.
Brand matters and Light Rail is solidly made in the USA by Gualala Robotics since 1986. Light Rail has a sealed instrument grade drive motor you can count on that runs on only 5 watts, advanced digital control circuitry, Extreme Duty Trolley Wheels rated to 60 lbs as sealed precision bearing carrier wheels, and a self-clutch drive design with automatic traction control. These features are unique to the Light Rail brand. Light Rail has authentic electrical certifications (C CSA US or CE) and flammability ratings (UL 5 VB) and is RoHS compliant. Light Rail is unique as it runs at a safe 28-42 degrees C with a flame retardant electrical enclosure, as it should be. Solidly constructed and extensively tested, Light Rail will move any grow light with up to three crossbars moved per Light Rail 5.0 Motor. Made in America Matters. Smart robotics. You can only get this with Light Rail by Gualala Robotics.
The Light Rail Side by Side Kit comes with a Light Rail 5.0 Drive Motor, one crossbar, instructions, mounting hardware and a 2 section 8’ Rail, so it’s long enough and ready for an extra Add A Bar Kit to purchase as a second crossbar. Light Rail 5.0 will move any indoor grow light/ any hood, multiple sizes and weights up to 100 lbs per crossbar, and is a scalable DIY light mover grow equipment system that can move up to 9 smaller lights (or 6 lights to accommodate larger reflectors) with a single Motor. Light Rail 5.0 has a 0-60 second time delay for the ends of each run, and the travel length can be set anywhere along the Rail by placing the Switch Stop stoppers where you like.
Light Rail is made for any indoor grow setup including indoor grow lighting systems, supplemental greenhouse lighting, a four-season indoor greenhouse with light, tent grows and commercial grower environments. Light Rail, the scalable DIY light mover for any space, should be considered an important part of your indoor grow kits, and an integral part of any indoor grow lights. Grow equipment, especially indoor plant light, should always be maximized and Light Rail is the most effective way to get the most out of your indoor grow lights and grow equipment.
Note: For heavier grow lights that might exceed 100 lbs per crossbar, consider the very capable Light Rail 3.5 or 4.0 Kit, where each indoor grow light has its own support point, rated to 75 lbs. In this instance, parallel lines of Light Rail 3.5 or 4.0 Kits would then be used, again with proper Rail mounting being important.
Electrical Note: Light Rail 5.0 runs on 120 Volt so works in the US and Canada, and Mexico but is not compatible to European 220 Volt electrical. In that case, Light Rail 4.0 is the light mover of choice in that it has an adaptable transformer power cord and runs on 12 VDC so works in both the US and in Europe. A proper country-specific plug end would be needed, available upon request.
Note: Perfect balance is key for the crossbar to track evenly, so weight needs to be balanced. For grow lights that include the ballasts, both ends of the crossbar needs to have the grow light’s heavy side outward or the heavy side inward, so the grow lights mirror each other on that crossbar. This way the weight is balanced. Vented grow light systems are not recommended with Light Rail 5.0 because the ductwork would likely tug sporadically causing the crossbar to track unevenly. Fans pointed at the crossbar might also cause uneven tracking if grow lights are lighter in weight and are catching the moving air like a kite, so this can also be problematic. The last point to be mindful of is the adjustable crossbar’s wingspan (81″, 87″ or 93″) might not be right for everyone’s space. So, if any of the above might be an issue, it is recommended to use two parallel lines of moving grow lights using Light Rail 3.5 or Light Rail 4.0 with the farther above space planning recommendations that go with.
Set up configurations: Look at the Space Planning Page, specifically the Light Rail 5.0 section near the bottom of that page. You will see it is recommended to use the 4′ Rail sections and gap them by 2′ to get the most even grow light distribution