Do plasma products replace metal halide and hps grow lights?
Yes. As long as you buy the correct product for the correct application. Our 265Watt product typically replaces a 400W bulb application while our 535 Watt product offers a viable solution for 1000W replacement (NOT a 1 to 1 replacement).
Does the full spectrum light include UV?
Yes. Low quantities of UVA and UVB are produced by the fixture while UVC is filtered by the front glass.
Why does full spectrum light matter to the plant?
Plants have many different important pigments during their different stages of growing, flowering, and fruiting. The combination of plant pigments creates a broad absorption spectrum that is roughly bounded at the same wavelengths as visible light. For instance, full spectrum light may improve antioxidant production, promote healthier fruit sizes, and promote sugar or nutrient content in a fruit.
Why does full spectrum light matter to my tank?
Full spectrum light in aquatic applications will improve coral growth, plant life, and healthy bacteria that promote healthy fish.
What are some big differences that a customer will see when using plasma grow lighting versus traditional lighting?
Plants evolved under sunlight. Plants should be healthier under plasma lights – more even growth, better color, more ideal produce. Another interesting aspect of plasma lighting is the decreased waste heat of the fixture. A grower may place the lights much closer due to decreased infrared radiation and decreased fixture heat.
How do animals respond to plasma lighting versus traditional lighting?
Reptiles and fish are healthier, stronger, and more active under the full spectrum of plasma lighting.
Do the lights get hot?
Yes. The lights get very warm when in operation and should not be handled or moved until given a chance to cool. However, the lights put off less heat (radiation and convection) than older technologies.
Will I see savings from decreased cooling costs?
Yes, definitely. It is expensive to cool things. Depending on the cooling system, a grower may save an additional 0.2 to 1 Watt on cooling for every Watt of electricity the system is decreased by. This depends on the mix of the grower’s air handling system (AC versus fan).
So how much money am I saving per light in a cooled area?
Depends on your electric rate and cooling system. A typical old “400 Watt” metal halide draws about 450 Watts with the ballast included and degraded. You will save about 185 Watts per replacement from just the light. You will save an additional 37 to 185 Watts from cooling. So, at a rate of $0.12/kWhr and an 18/6 lighting cycle, you will save anywhere from $175 to $290 per fixture per year.
I only see one standard fixture on your site. Are there more options?
Yes. There are currently two LEP output levels and multiple reflector and mounting options. In the event that there is a large order (over 50 fixtures) or an order with mounting considerations, please contact us directly via phone or email.
How long will the unit last?
All of the components in the product are rated for a life of over 50,000 hours. In a maximum run case of 18/6, the light will last for 7.6 years before dipping below 70% of its original brightness.
How reliable are these lights?
The manufacturer, Stray Light Optical Technologies, has been producing plasma lights for over 5 years. No electronic device is perfect. They expect a failure rate of 0.5-3% per year depending on environment and abuse.
How do I deal with mounting?
Many mounting options are available including truss brackets, hook mount, and air craft cable mount. Custom mounting may be considered on large orders (50 units +).
Can this fixture be used in other applications?
This fixture is optimized for horticulture, aquaculture, aquariums, and coral. It can be used anywhere indoors where full spectrum light is needed. Please check our specifications to make sure it is the right fit.
What are the electrical requirements? Will this unit plug into my normal home outlet?
All standard fixtures come with a plug that will fit most US outlets. Other options are available at an added cost. These options allow for a variety of plugs and voltages from 100 – 480.
What is the ideal mounting position?
This largely depends on your personal preference. The lights can be mounted much closer to specimens than other types of light, but there is still a possibility of over saturating or “burning” plants. Another requirement is that the light needs to be mounted downward. The plasma does not set in the bulb correctly at an angle or upside down. This will damage the unit and void the warranty.
Why don’t you use the dimpled reflectors that I see on other grow lights?
Because these dimpled reflector designs cause losses in the reflector due to a combination of non-directional reflections and the use of a less reflective material. Reflectors should be designed for specific applications and off target light should be minimized. If it isn’t reaching your plant, it isn’t doing anything but wasting your money in electricity costs.
Are dimming controls extra?
Yes. Simple dimming from a knob (rheostat) is available. Custom controls and control integration are available for large orders (200+) by request.
Is there assembly required?
No, the fixture comes completely assembled. Custom mounting is a normal requirement for most applications. Please contact us with mounting questions.
Is there any kind of warranty on this product?
There is a two year limited warranty. Please read our Warranty Statement here.
Is distributor pricing available?
Please contact us directly via email or phone if you have interest in becoming a retail distributor.
How does this plasma light compare to others on the market? Why is it so much cheaper?
This is the best plasma light on the market. It is a patented die cast design which offers full sealing from the environment and best in class, passive cooling to all components. How did we make the best light also the most cost effective light? This product includes many patented designs from Stray Light Optical Technologies which maximize surface area for cooling, decrease weight, and simplify the product. It also includes patent pending designs for electromagnetic suppression (shielding any leakage from the bulb).