European growers don’t place their lights next to their plants. Instead, they place them high so they act as a heater. You should also avoid dropping lights because they can damage the plants directly below them. Furthermore, dropping lights create one focal point rather than a variety of focal points.
Ventilation system setup
There are several ways to keep light out of your grow tent. One of the most important is to make sure that the light is not directly above your plants. This can cause damage to your plants. Instead, put your lights high up, where they can serve as heaters for your plants.
Besides keeping light out of your tent, you should also provide fresh air to your plants. Fresh air is important for plant growth because it contains CO2, which drives photosynthesis. It also helps keep the temperature under control, keeps moisture and odors at bay. Make sure to buy a grow tent that is rated for the type of plants you grow.
Another way to keep light out of your grow tent is to keep electrical equipment outside of it. This will keep heat out of the tent and prevent any light pollution. If you do not want to move electrical equipment outside, you can attach it to the tent using extension cords or extended pipes. This way, the light will be blocked and your plants will not be affected by any light pollution.
Using a dimmer switch
A dimmer switch allows you to keep the light intensity low while still ensuring adequate light coverage for your plants. Using multiple lights can also be a great option if you’re trying to achieve even coverage. Using multiple lights will overlap the spread of each bulb and ensure that the light is reaching all areas of the grow tent.
Many people dim house lights for various reasons, including energy savings and cooling the house. But for indoor growers, using a dimmer switch to keep the lighting level low may not be a good idea, as grow lamps must operate at 100% to provide the full spectrum.
Another option is to use a fan to draw air from the grow tent. A fan can provide the same air flow as the light, resulting in a more comfortable environment for your plants. A fan can also keep a light from overheating.
Keeping lights on during 12-hour dark period
If you have an indoor grow tent, you should avoid keeping lights on during the dark period of 12 hours. Lights can be quite harmful to the plant’s growth. Plants need darkness to transition into the flowering stage, and a split second of light can make Phytochrome Red switches back to Phytochrome Far Red and delays the flowering stage. You should not enter the grow room during the dark period, and if you must, turn off the lights and close the door.
During the dark period, cannabis plants do not undergo photosynthesis, but they do continue to respire. Their cellular respiration is called the Calvin Cycle, and it uses stored solar energy to produce carbohydrates. This process also occurs at the roots, so it’s important to keep them well-aerated. Using air pots will help keep your growing medium oxygen-rich.
Another reason to turn lights off during the dark period is to stop the plant from entering the flowering stage. If you do this, your plants will go back into the vegging stage, and it will take forever for them to enter the flowering stage. Alternatively, you can use a camping lantern to provide additional light during this dark period. However, this method has its disadvantages, and you should be very careful not to use it in the middle of the flowering phase.
Using ozone generators to prevent mold and mildew
If you’re worried about mold and mildew in your grow tent, you can use an ozone generator. This powerful machine targets the mold-causing bacteria, making it an effective way to prevent the growth of mold. Depending on the generator, you’ll want to run it for anywhere from three to six hours. However, if you’re unsure, you should run it for as long as necessary.
When using an ozone generator, you should keep it away from pets and always leave it running after leaving your grow room. You can also leave it on overnight for maximum effect. If you’re not sure how long to leave the generator running, you can connect it to a timer but be sure to be mindful of your surroundings.
Using ozone generators is safe for humans as long as it is not breathed in. However, you should always have someone nearby to help you monitor the levels of ozone. You can also use ORP sensors to check for safe ozone levels in your grow tent.