The sun is the main energy source for the entire garden when growing outdoors. For indoor horticulture, the artificial lighting system is the main energy source for the garden. This is why it is so important for indoor horticulturists to search for the very best when it comes to the artificial lighting system. Horticultural lighting has come a long way over the last twenty years. In fact, many of the early indoor gardens used little more than retrofitted street lamps or fluorescent shop lights to grow plants. Compared with the horticultural lighting systems of today, those technologies are horribly inefficient.
Even though great strides have been made in the horticultural lighting sector, a grower should still be concerned about his or her lighting system’s efficiency and effectiveness. There are large variances in the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of different horticultural lighting systems. When shopping for a lightning system, a grower needs to consider all of the advantages and disadvantages and make the most informed decision possible regarding which system would be the best for his or her particular garden. For modern growers with larger growing facilities, a horticultural lighting system will ideally have three attributes: the ability to produce intense and usable light, the ability to be efficiently cooled, and the ability to be controlled remotely or automatically. There is one lighting system in particular that encompasses all three of these attributes and more. That lighting system is the Nanolux DE Chill.
The Nanolux DE Chill is the first double ended (DE) commercial overlap fixture of its type to hit the indoor horticulture market. The Nanolux DE Chill’s design includes an onboard ballast, substantial 8” air cooling ports and comes ready to connect to the NCCS (Nanolux Cloud Control System) APP. The large port air-cooled design allows a grower to remove up to 60% of the heat load from the growing area. The onboard ballast makes cooling even more efficient as the heat from both the ballast and the bulb is exhausted via air-cooling. The efficiency of the air-cooled design reduces the cooling needs for the entire growing facility.
A gardener can reduce the air conditioning requirements of his or her garden space with the Nanolux DE Chill. The entirely enclosed design comes complete with a fully gasketed access door for trouble-free lamp changes and glass cleanings. The optical quality tempered glass lens only reduces the light by 6%, which is easily offset by the ability to move the lights closer to the plant canopy. In fact, due to the efficiency of the air-cooled design, the Nanolux DE Chill can generally be placed closer to the plant canopy than a typical open DE system which raises light intensities on the plant canopy by upwards of 20%.
The Nanolux DE Chill has six dimmable settings that range from 600w to 1200w. This allows a grower to select 600w, 660w, 750w, 825w, 1000w, or 1200w. This kind of versatility makes it easy for growers to make adjustments depending on the current stage of growth or temperature of the grow room. The housing of the unit is made from high quality powder-coated steel. The airtight soldered joints mean this unit will operate at high efficiency when air-cooling. Other air-cooled reflectors on the market are not truly airtight and this can cause both inefficiencies while cooling and also odor control issues.
The Nanolux DE Chill comes with a no-hassle, three year warranty. On the rare occasion that the ballast would fail, the Nanolux DE Chill can be opened and the ballast can be replaced without needing to replace the entire unit. The Nanolux DE Chill can use any 2100 umol DE high pressure sodium lamp and will also fire any double ended metal halide lamp. The Nanolux DE Chill is one of the most versatile horticultural lighting systems utilizing HID double ended lamp technology on the market.
Double ended HID lighting systems like the Nanolux DE Chill, are more efficient at converting electricity into light and have an increased longevity when compared with older HID lighting systems. The typical single ended HID lighting system will have lost 20-30% of its original output after 10,000 hours of operation. This is why they typically need to be replaced every year. However, double ended HID systems do not degrade the bulbs as quickly. In fact, after 10,000 hours of operation, a double ended HID system will have lost only about five percent of its original output. DE lighting systems do not only have increased longevity for lamps, they also produce more light per watt of energy consumed. It is not uncommon for a double ended lighting system to produce 10-30% more light per watt of energy consumed when compared with single ended HID lighting systems.
One of the most exciting features of the Nanolux DE Chill is that it is ready to connect to the NCCS APP. The NCCS APP can be used to control a garden remotely from anywhere in the world with a WiFi connection. That’s right; you can have complete control over your lighting system from your smart phone or tablet. The NCCS is an all-in-one application that will continually expand to satisfy a grower’s needs in the garden. The NCCS APP gives a gardener remote control over the lighting system, plus additional new controls over temperature, humidity, and CO2. The environmental controls are integrated into the NCCS THC controller and will soon include a pH/EC doser for ultimate control over the nutrient solution’s parameters. It also allows a grower to set his or her desired parameters and to then have peace of mind knowing the garden is completely automated. Walking through the grow room to take readings from numerous monitors will be a thing of the past. Now a grower can simply open the NCCS APP on their phone or tablet and monitor and/or adjust the settings depending on the plant’s needs. Not only does this save time, but it also reduces the risk of pathogens entering the garden by eliminating multiple entries into a controlled environment.
Modern indoor horticulturists understand that usable light output, overall efficiency and controllability are all very important characteristics of a horticultural lighting system. Whether the growing facility has 10 or 10,000 lighting systems, maintaining consistent light levels and an optimal temperature for plant growth are necessary for success. When a lighting system has the ability to be air-cooled and/or dimmed to negate high temperatures, the chances of success increase. Lighting systems like the Nanolux DE Chill have the ability to produce an intense and usable light spectrum and can be placed closer to the plants because of its air-cooling capabilities.
When a lighting source can be safely placed closer to the plant canopy, the inverse square law states there will be more usable light energy available to the plants. The more available light energy the plants receive, the higher the yield will be. All in all, a highly efficient lighting system, such as the Nanolux DE Chill, is a tool which can take a horticulturist to the next level. The NCCS APP gives a grower even more heightened control over his or her growing facility. The ability to dim the lights or increase the intensity remotely provides a new level of horticultural lighting automation. Lighting systems, like the Nanolux DE Chill, are perfect for both novice growers, who need a good first lighting system, and commercial growers who are looking to get the highest return on their investments. There is no end in sight to the expansion and advancements of horticultural lighting technologies and no telling exactly what the future of horticultural lighting will bring. For now, the Nanolux DE Chill is as good as it gets.