We all know that supplemental greenhouse lighting is different in its needs. We do have the winter sun providing some indoor plant light to the indoor garden. And, that counts although it’s weak and low to the horizon. Plus, the winter daylight hours are too short for effective growing as the only indoor garden light source. Because of these indoor grow system details, we supplement our indoor plant light with grow light systems. Even for the greenhouse lighting, we use indoor garden lights. So, the question of how much off season greenhouse lighting is needed is an important one to know. Here is some general information about greenhouse lighting. And, here are some important factors for our greenhouse lights planning that we should consider.
With some sun, we can space the indoor grow lights farther apart
How much offseason greenhouse lighting is needed is affected by the advantage of having some winter sun. And, the number of greenhouse lights is also affected by our geographical latitude. That indoor plant light detail of having some angled sun, to one degree or another, helps us to use fewer indoor garden lights. And, that’s compared to having our indoor grow systems completely indoors. Examples for completely indoors would be container grow rooms or grow warehouses with no sunlight. So, because we have some natural indoor plant light, we can now do this. We can space the indoor grow lights farther apart. So, how much offseason greenhouse lighting is needed is fewer indoor grow lights than what’s used for indoor grow setups. And, here are specific examples of how this works.
With an extra long push/pull rod, we can reach farther
We can improve our results and maximize our grow light systems by moving our indoor grow lights on grow light movers. And, here is a majorly clever way to do this. We can use a LightRail Add A Lamp Kit with an extra long push/pull rod to do this. It’s a simple alteration with the all thread push rod being combined to another with a coupler. Then, we place a LightRail rail, a half rail or a full rail, just where we have an indoor grow light positioned. And, we can move up to three grow lamps all from one LightRail light mover motor.
It’s a smart way to get supplemental greenhouse lighting efficiently delivered
As examples, we can space those grow lamps 6 feet apart or 9 feet apart or 12 feet apart or even 15 apart from each other. It’s a smart way to get supplemental greenhouse lighting efficiently delivered to more greenhouse areas. And as an option for the longer spacing, we can use a half rail in between the grow lamps and then we do this. We can match a LightRail Auxiliary Trolley to that push/ pull rod just for a little extra support for that long reach.
Greenhouse lights are simply more effective when they move
Instead of having multiple stationary grow lamps, we now have this. We now move those grow lamps to deliver a better quality indoor plant light. And, we can still have our grow light system spaced apart to account for some fall, winter and spring sunlight entering into our greenhouse setting. Greenhouse lights are simply more effective when they move. And, they reach more of the plants, along with more surface areas of each plant. When we get more of the leaf surfaces interacting with the grow light system, we see this. The growth rate is faster and fuller. And, our crops do better with yields increasing significantly.
How much offseason greenhouse lighting is needed depends
Plus, we are utilizing all four seasons. Without supplemental greenhouse lighting, that would likely not be possible. And, without our grow lamps moving on grow light movers, our grow light systems would not be at their best. So, we are being super efficient on two fronts at once.
Every 6 feet could become every 9-15 feet, as an example
Fall, winter, and spring are now perfect months to extend greenhouse growing. And, that is significantly improved when our supplemental greenhouse lights move on grow light movers. How much offseason greenhouse lighting is needed is dependent on latitude and the month of the year. It’s also dependent on our grow lamp details like lumens and wattage. But generally, the amount of greenhouse lights needed is less than what is needed for indoor growing systems. And, for grow light movers, what is every 6 linear feet indoors, as one example, could now be every 9-15 feet in a greenhouse with some sun. And, that is an easy adaptation specifically for greenhouse lights. Other options available are Rail Hanger Brackets used for hanging and strut channel compatible rails.
Overall, how much offseason greenhouse lighting is needed is an individual call. We can get to know our greenhouse seasonal environment compared to the indoor plant light requirements of what we are growing. Then, we can plan out and move our grow lamps. From that point, we can watch the magic of the offseason greenhouse and wonder why we didn’t do this sooner.