How To Choose The Right Wattage Bulb For Your Grow Tent

How To Choose The Right Wattage Bulb For Your Grow Tent

So you’ve decided what size Grow Tent you’re going to buy and now you’re ready to look at Grow Light Bulbs. However, as they’re so many different wattage to choose from, which wattage bulb should you buy for your size Grow Tent?

Below we’ll give you the ins and outs of each bulb wattage and tell you which is best for your Grow Tent.

150 Watt HPS Bulbs

Most 150w HPS bulbs are CFL bulbs which mean they have their own ballast built in. Furthermore, as they are only 150w, the bulbs produce no heat compared to other bulb sizes. However, these types of bulbs are the least efficient out of all wattages.

Recommended Distance From Plant

15cm from your canopy

Recommended Grow Tent Size

45cm x 45cm or 1.5′ x 1.5′

 

250 Watt HPS Bulbs

Just like the 150w bulbs, most 250w bulbs are CFL bulbs and come with a built in ballast, however, it is also easier to find 250w HPS bulbs that need a ballast. With this increase in wattage come an increase in heat output so if you’re using a 250w bulb remember to get the correct extraction system.

Recommended Distance From Plant

24cm from your canopy

Recommended Grow Tent Size

75cm x 75cm or 2.5′ x 2.5′

 

400 Watt HPS Bulbs

With a 400w bulb you get one of the most efficient bulbs on the market today, however, you also get one of the hottests. Typically you find 400w bulbs in grow light kits that include a reflector and ballast but you can also find them in some full grow light fixtures.

Recommended Distance From Plant

30cm from your canopy

Recommended Grow Tent Size

110cm x 110cm or 3.5′ x 3.5′

 

600 Watt HPS Bulbs

Seen as one of the most popular wattages on the market, the 600w HPS bulb produces up to 90,000 lumens and converts the biggest amount of electric into usable light. However, the 600w bulb also produces a lot of heat.

Recommended Distance From Plant

45cm from your canopy

Recommended Grow Tent Size

140cm x 140cm or 4.5′ x 4.5′

 

1000 Watt HPS Bulbs

1000 watt bulbs are more efficient than 400 watt bulbs but less efficient than 600 watt bulbs. This efficiency decrease means some growers even recommend to try using two 600 watt lamps for your growing space before making the jump to the 1000 watt bulb.

Recommended Distance From Plant

60cm from your canopy

Recommended Grow Tent Size

180cm x 180cm or 6′ x 6′

 

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