With a 30-50% faster growth rate than soil plants and higher plant yield, hydroponics have been proven to have several advantages over soil gardening. A staple part of the hydroponic growth kit is utilizing the right amount and type of light necessary for your plants. Light ballasts regulate the current to the lamps and provide sufficient voltage to start the lamps. These electrical devices are necessary for High Intensity Discharge (HID) light bulbs, or lamps. Fluorescent lamps are most commonly used and have a variety of ways to function. A few things to note about light ballasts:
- There are different wattages of light ballasts depending on your needs
- Different wattage lamps require separate ballasts
- Utilizing fluorescent light ballasts improves plant growth
- These ballasts provide the necessary voltage to start and operate lamps
- There are two types of fluorescent light ballasts: magnetic and electronic
Magnetic Light Ballasts
These utilize one single coil and are often on the inside of the sockets between the plug for the lamp and the power cord. In this type of ballasts, current flows through coils of copper wire, exposed to the current, and generates a magnetic field to capture the current. It then takes that electricity that’s generated and moves it to the lamp.
Electronic Light Ballasts
These alter the flow of electricity in the light bulb by using a series of induction coils. They change the frequency of the electrical current without changing the voltage, and increase the frequency of lamps. Using this type of light ballasts will eliminate flickering and buzzing sounds that are often associated with fluorescent lamps. These types of fluorescent light ballasts have an advantage over magnetic ballasts due to their size, as well as functionality.
GTA Hydroponics is committed to providing the best in affordable fluorescent light ballasts to help your hydroponic garden succeed. Call us today with all your light ballast needs and inquiries. We are committed to providing you with the best products for your garden!