When installing a new lamp (bulb), it is highly recommended that you run the lamp continuously for a minimum of 12 hours. This will increase lamp life, lumen maintenance, and stability of the lamp by allowing the gases in the arc tube to become completely combined.
When installing or removing lamps from a fixture, it is best to use gloves. This will help keep the glass of the lamp clean from dirt and oils which will provide the best output and longevity and protect against any cuts from damaged glass.
Here is a simple formula for calculating the energy costs of your light. Information to gather: STEP EXAMPLE 1. Get your energy costs in kW/hr from your utility bill. (KW) $0.12 2. Fixture Qty (FQ) 30 3. Bulb Wattage (BW) Use 1 for 1000W, 0.6 for 600W, and 0.4 for 400W .6 4. Hour lightsContinue reading “Calculating Light Energy Costs”
To get the best performance from your bulb, replace the bulb at its “economic” life and not when the bulb burns out. The economic life is generally defined as 60% of the “Rated life” of the bulb. This is stated in hours of operation.
We recommend following the steps below when replacing a lamp: Disconnect power to the ballast. Removing/installing a lamp into a powered ballast can cause ballast and/or lamp failure, and is a safety hazard. Always remove power from the ballast before performing any maintenance. Remove and replace the suspected bad lamp with a known working lamp. If theContinue reading “Procedures for Replacing a Lamp”
Most light plans focus on average light levels and acceptable uniformity in the greenhouse. These figures can change significantly based on the spacing between lights and distance of the lights from the plant canopy. If general information such as width and length of the greenhouse is the only information provided to the designer, you mayContinue reading “Bench and Bed Layout is Important”