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The Best Grow Tents for Small Spaces

Here are some of our best grow tents that are just right for beginner growers.

The Best Grow Tents for Small Spaces

If you finally decided to grow your own vegetables at home, it’s best to do it in a controlled environment. Grow tents can provide this, especially with the use of the right grow medium, nutrients, and LED grow lights. You may think that purchasing your own grow tent may be going over-the-top since you are just starting, but there are affordable ones that can fit your budget and are actually a great investment.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

The Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line has a size dimension of 2′ X 2.5′ X 5’7. The brand says that their budget line is the next best thing to happen to indoor growing since their original line of Grow Tents. The Lite Line boasts the same qualities as the original one, but some designs were tweaked to fit the budget of beginners. Here are ten things to love about this grow tent:

  • Adjustable height with the use of the extension kit (not included)
  • Sturdy interlocking frame is made of 100% steel
  • Big, strong, and thick zippers
  • Convenient EZ view windows
  • 360-degree access
  • Tool pouch
  • 10″ double-cinching ducting ports
  • Flood pool
  • Diamond reflection technology
  • Bug-resistant and adjustable micro mesh pre-filters

Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty

Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty

The Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty is made for those who plan to grow in their attics and basements. It only stands 4’11’ tall, and in case your plants grow higher than that, you don’t need to worry, as it can be extended up to 5’8″ tall with the use of an extension kit. Don’t be fooled by its short height; it still carries the same qualities as the original Gorilla Grow Tent line. Here are ten things to love about the Shorty:

  • Adjustable height with the use of the extension kit (not included)
  • Interlocking steel frame that can support over 300 pounds
  • Thick and strong 1680D fabric
  • Big, strong, and thick zippers
  • Convenient EZ view windows
  • Infrared-blocking roof
  • Tool pouch
  • Intelligently-designed ducting ports, vents, and flood pool
  • Diamond reflection technology
  • Bug-resistant and adjustable micro mesh pre-filters

Dark Propagator 2.6 DP60

Dark Propagator 2.6 DP60

Secret Jardin’s Dark Propagator 2.6 DP60 has a size dimension of 2′ x 1.33′ x 2′ — an almost perfect cube that can fit the corner of any room. This small tent is proud to be made of strong tear-proof material and at the same time, breathable. Here are ten features to love about the Dark Propagator:

  • Perfect compact size
  • Best reflective mylar
  • Space for 70 to 900 cuttings
  • Tear-proof canvas
  • Breathable material providing perfectly controlled temperature and humidity
  • Lightning holders and filter
  • Double socks with tightening strings
  • StrapIt for filter
  • HookIt for lighting
  • CableIt clips for cables and nets

Dark Room 3.0 DR60

Dark Room 3.0 DR60

The Dark Room 3.0 DR60 is the smallest grow tent in Secret Jardin’s 2′ x 1′ x 2′ range. It boasts sturdy construction with waterproof highly-reflective mylar coverings. This grow tent also comes with many added accessories. Here are ten things to love about the Dark Room:

  • Best reflective mylar
  • Space-booster and WebIt
  • Tear-proof canvas with mesh window and removable flap
  • Breathable material providing perfectly controlled temperature and humidity
  • Lightning holders and filter
  • Double socks with tightening strings
  • StrapIt for filter
  • HookIt for lighting
  • CableIt clips for cables and nets
  • PocketIt adjustable tool pouch

Dark Street 3.0 DS60

Dark Street 3.0 DS60

Secret Jardin’s Dark Street 3.0 DS60 has a size dimension of 2′ x 2′ x 5′ and boasts a sturdy construction. It comes with reflective mylar and strong, tear-proof canvas material. Aside from the CableIT, StrapIT, HookIT, and PocketIT accessories, it also comes with a removable tray, socks, and windows for the cables and ventilation. Here are the ten features to love about the Dark Street:

  • Best reflective mylar
  • Compatible with hydroponic materials
  • Tear-proof canvas with mesh window and removable flap
  • Breathable material providing perfectly controlled temperature and humidity
  • Lightning holders and filter
  • Double socks with tightening strings
  • StrapIt for filter
  • HookIt for lighting
  • CableIt clips for cables and nets
  • PocketIt adjustable tool pouch

Need small grow tents? Check out ChampionLED.com and shop for any of these five!

How to Protect LED Grow Lights

Here are some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your grow lights.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Lights

Getting LED grow lights for your grow room is a wise investment, whether it’s for your hobby or business. Not only are you saving energy and other costs in the long run, but you also get to get the maximum yields you desire from your crops. And to make sure that you get the most life out of your LED grow lights, here are a few helpful tips on how to protect them and allow them to run properly throughout their lifespans.

Use a power stabilizer.

Use a power stabilizer to protect your LED grow lights
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Using a power stabilizer or a voltage regulator for your lighting units can keep you safe from power hazards. Power fluctuations, power surges, and power spikes can damage the internal components of the lights such as the power drivers.  Connecting them to a power stabilizer will regulate the voltage from the power box and prevent power fluctuations from damaging your units. Having a power stabilizer also makes sure that there is no downtime with your lighting, especially during the critical plant growth phases.

Use a surge protector.

Use a surge protector to protect your LED grow lights
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You can also use a surge protector to prevent power surges from damaging the internal components of your lights. It works by diverting the power surge to the ground so it won’t reach your grow lights. Power stabilizers and surge protectors are similar devices that can help maintain the correct voltage, but each of them works in a bit different way. The former provides any connected electrical device with a constant voltage while the latter suppress power surges that may result from faulty wiring or lightning strikes. Also, surge protectors are much smaller and lighter.

Avoid overloading power outlets.

Avoid overloading power outlets to protect your LED grow lights
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Never overload the outlets of your surge protector with too many devices. Doing so may lead to short-circuiting which can then cause power outages. The internal effect of overloading is the damaging of the internal components of your grow lights, while the external effect is the overheating of the unit which may lead to fire hazards and injury.

Regularly check your lights.

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light
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These lights do need less maintenance, but it won’t hurt to regularly check the units if they are working properly. See if they are building moisture and already have water droplets, especially if they are not the waterproof kind. That is why you should not forget to check the humidity of your grow room as well, as excessive moisture will cause droplets to form on the lights.

Clean as needed.

Clean your LED grow lights as needed.
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Lastly, you have the clean your LED grow lights as needed. Notice some dust and dirt on the surface? Wipe them off with a clean lint-free towel. For stubborn dirt, you can use an air duster or canned air, so there is no need to wet the lights. But for the glass under the lights, you can use a standard glass cleaner. Do not forget, always unplug your grow lights before cleaning them!

 

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

We are debunking the myths that surround these lights once and for all.

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light

We all know that LED technology has done wonders for every household and every business ever since it became widely available. Because of its many benefits such as energy-efficiency, it is a no-brainer that more people are making the switch. However, there are still some people who still hold on to beliefs on these LED grow lights, especially the traditional growers, which leave them unimpressed with that LED lights can do. With that said, we listed down five most common misconceptions about these lights and debunk these myths once and for all.

LED grow lights are always purple, and therefore cannot provide plants the proper light they need.

Kind LED XL1000

Because of the red and blue light, a purple glow is emitted in most LED grow lights. Although these lights create this glow, it doesn’t mean that the red and blue light emissions cannot be adjusted. Lights with a full spectrum can be manipulated to a healthy amount of red or blue depending on the current growth phase of your plants. That is why always get units that have two full spectra and are adjustable. Alternatively, you can get one unit for your vegetative phase and another unit for the flowering phase.

These lights are so expensive, they can only be used commercially.

SuperLocker 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

LED grow lights may be more expensive than your traditional HPS or fluorescent lights, but they are actually more efficient in the long run. In other words, they are a great investment wherein you are actually saving more money as time goes by. LEDs have about a lifespan of 50,000 and require less maintenance compared to HPS and fluorescent lights. And it’s not only the businesses that can afford these units; an individual can also afford these lights as many offer various financing options.

Because they emit less heat, they are too cold for the plants’ growth.

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

Regulating the heat in a grow room is not an easy feat. Expert growers say that the temperature should not go beyond 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using HPS lights, the heat immediately rises to the ceiling and is not adequately dispersed, which can then burn the plants. This is why less heat is better. You can simply adjust it with more practical solutions like proper insulation and humidity control. Having a reflective interior in your grow tent or grow room helps too, as this allows the light to get scattered, hitting all sides of the plants and not only the ceiling and canopy.

LED light is detrimental for the plants.

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

There is a belief that LEDs can negatively impact your plants and that traditional lighting solutions are better when it comes to giving the proper lighting to aid photosynthesis. However, new studies have already proved that LEDs can actually do better and are not bad for the plants. As mentioned earlier, they have full spectrum options that can be adjusted depending on the growth phase and also allows the plants to achieve photosynthetically active radiation whether with low or high daily light integral. In summary, LEDs can actually improve the number of yields, smell, taste, and appearance of your plants.

LED lights cannot be mixed with other types of light

SuperNova LED Soil Grow Cabinet

If you are still skeptical about the power of LED grow lights, there is no problem with combining them with other lighting solutions to check its effectivity. Some growers have already proved that a hybrid type of lighting has already shown some success. You get both the benefits of LEDs and HPS or fluorescent. That said, this is perfect for growers who want to experiment with the perfect lighting for their setup.

Want to try LED lights for your indoor garden? Head on to ChampionLED.com and pick the unit that fits your indoor garden needs.

 

 

What Makes SolarSystem 1100 Special?

Get to know more about California Lightworks’ SolarSystem 1100 and see if it’s the unit that fits the needs of your large grow area.

California Lightworks LED Grow Lights
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California Lightworks is known for its energy-efficient LED grow lights and automation equipment. They offer lighting solutions that are thoroughly lab and field-tested and are simple to install and use. One of their products is the SolarSystem 1100, which the company says, is a real game-changer in greenhouse lighting for horticulture, as well as in indoor gardening. It boasts the latest generation high-efficiency LEDs and the most versatile control system in the market. This week, we are turning the spotlight on the unit to help you find out if this is the lighting solution for you. Here are the reasons why SolarSystem 1100 is worth the buck.

SolarSystem 1100 LED Grow Light

Lightweight

The SolarSystem 1100 is compact, lightweight, and does not have any bulbs, making it easy to install. Because it only weighs 26 pounds, there is no need to worry about straining your muscles when setting it up.

Unique design

The unit features a unique plug-and-play design — there is no need for external ballasts or ducting. Its smart design also limits the shadow effect in greenhouses, so the light is sure to get adequately dispersed.

Efficient spectrum control

It has three separate channels from 0-99% — red and deep red, natural white, and blue and deep blue. This spectrum control is programmable with use of the remote controller that it comes with. It provides the optimal spectrum for either the vegetative stage or the flowering stage.

Programmable

The UVB and IR supplementation, the spectrum control, the programs for sunrise/sunset, spring/summer/fall, dark period, and final finishing modes, and an almost unlimited number of fixtures are all controllable. All you need is your handy-dandy remote controller!

Stays cool

The SolarSystem 1100 stays cool as it carries cooling fans that last up to 50,000 hours. They are also water-resistant and user-replaceable. No need to worry about overheating or rapidly rising temperatures.

Perfect for large areas

And of course, it goes without saying that it has high power Osram LEDs that last up to 50,000 hours and has high-performance house-made custom LED drivers. This unit is the one to get if you have a large indoor grow operations because of its high power output but low heat emission. But don’t get us wrong; the SolarSystem 1100 is perfect for small grow areas too!

Do you think SolarSystem 1100 satiates the needs of your indoor garden or greenhouse? Shop for a unit now at ChampionLED.com!

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Kind LED K3 Series L300 LED Grow Light

Advantages of LED Grow Lights over HPS

Learn why the switch to LED technology is the right decision.

Kind LED K3 Series L300 LED Grow Light

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that LED lights have so many benefits not just for indoor growers but basically for everyone. Many have seen their benefits, even local officials that they have made the switch to LED street lights. As for growers, LEDs are better grow lights because of their many benefits. If you still use HPS grow lights, hear us out. We have listed down the advantages of LED grow lights over HPS grow lights and hope that you finally make the switch too.

LEDs are more efficient than HPS.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light_1

As indoor growers know, light emitting diodes are efficient in so many ways. They use less electricity and are more efficient with the power used, hence could save you money in the long run. Despite their use of less power, their brightness remains the same all throughout their lifespans.  On the other hand, HPS bulbs need to be replaced regularly to the brightness is maintained.

LED lighting units come with a built-in cooling system.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light

Unlike HPS lighting units. LED grow lights come with a built-in cooling system. The small built-in fans help scatter the hot air up away from the lamp and plants, making them run cooler without any risk of overheating. HPS bulbs need help with cooling, and you’ll need to vent out the hot air with a separate fan and ducting.

LED lights have the perfect color spectrum.

Kind LED X Series XD75 XD150 Bar Light

One of the best features of LED grow lights is that they have the perfect color spectrum that helps with the photosynthesis of the plants. Some plants also need different color spectrums in the different phases of their growth. The LEDs have color spectrums that can also be adjusted and customized, while the HPS only has one color, yellow, the ideal spectrum for the flowering phase and cannot be adjusted.

LEDs are plug-and-play.

Kind LED X Series XD75 XD150 Bar Light

LEDs have a plug-and-play design; you’ll just have to hang them inside your grow tent and simply plug them into a standard electrical socket. Installing them is as easy as pie! HPS lights, on the other hand, need a big external ballast and consumes more space.

Want to upgrade your indoor garden lighting? Check out high-quality LED grow lights of different known brands at ChampionLED.com!

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What to Look for in a LED Grow Light Unit

Here are the qualities to consider when buying grow lights for your indoor garden.

What to Look for in a LED Grow Light Unit

So you finally made the switch from outdoor gardening to indoor gardening. Naturally, you’ll need some grow lights for your plants to thrive. And if you are not familiar with these, it’s best that you do some research or ask some expert growers. We’ll make the former easier for you; we have listed down the qualities that you should look for when shopping for these lights. Here are the things to consider to pick best LED grow lights in the market.

The right color spectrum

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Lights

The unit should have the right spectrum of colors for the plants to be able to go through photosynthesis correctly. It’s best to have five colors — red, deep red, blue, and natural white. Red light is for the growth of stems and development of leaves. This hue is perfect for the flowering phase, dormancy period, and seed germination. The deep red also supports leaf growth and enables the plants to grow larger leaves.  The blue light affects the chlorophyll content, plant height, and leaf thickness. Lastly, the natural white light is used for viewing.

Daisy-chainable 

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light

Having a daisy-chainable unit will make wiring other units a breeze. A daisy chain allows for a simple connection and scalability without worrying about different voltage levels. If you are planning to expand, however, get ones that are daisy-chainable to up to a thousand fixtures.

Programmable

SolarSystem Controller

A unit with programmable spectrum and modes will make everything easier for you. No need for bulky analogs and digital timers as you can do all these with a remote. Some units allow you to control one up to a hundred units simultaneously.

Quality build

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Lights

The unit must be durable and made with high-quality materials that can last up to a decade. Check if it is made of materials that abide by the highest industry standards. This is important so there will be no need to replace and make changes to your set up after a short span of time.

Warranty

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Light

Lastly, the unit should come with a warranty, as well as a return policy in case you purchased lights that are not compatible with your garden. Most brands offer a parts guarantee which is good because the unit can still work regardless of the busted part. Check for the brand’s policies on their website as well as the length of the warranty of the unit.

Remember, you get what you pay for. So if you want the best quality unit in the market today that can promise convenience and efficiency, invest in high-quality brands. 

Benefits of Grow Tents for Indoor Gardening

Benefits of Grow Tents for Indoor Gardening

Get to know why grow tents make indoor gardening much easier.

Gorilla Grow Tent Extension Kit

There are tools and supplies an indoor garden needs. And because it has become increasingly popular, more products are created to ease the growing process and to maximize yields. One of which is the grow tent. Now, would you consider getting one for your indoor garden? We would say yes, of course, because it has a whole lot of benefits if you are one serious urban gardener. This week, we listed down some of the many benefits grow tents provide indoor gardeners.

Maximizes lighting.

Gorilla Grow Tent

Because the interior walls of grow tents are made of reflective plastic, it gives a greenhouse effect, providing a suitable atmosphere for your plants’ growth. When you turn on your LED growth lights, it reflects back and forth on the plastic wall to the plants which of course, is better lighting. Also, installing your LED grow lights is not a chore; you’ll just have to set up the holders, attach the hood, and organize the wiring.

Efficient use of space.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

Grow tents are a blessing to people who live in the city. They would not need a big area to turn into an indoor garden because these tents consume minimal spaces. Their space-saving properties also make efficient use of water and light.

Control of pests.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

Indoor gardening is not 100% safe from predators such as flies, aphids, and spider mites. But because these tents are fully-enclosed, the chances of insects invading your grow space are minimal. Grow tents are designed to safeguard your plants from any bugs, and if your plants do get them, it’s much easier to remove these pests.

Eliminates bad odors.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

You won’t have to worry about your home smelling like soil that may annoy people you share your home with. Because grow tents have an enclosed design, bad odors get trapped inside. The air purification system filters the air and eliminates the smell. Also, carbon filters supply carbon dioxide to your plants.

Needs less maintenance.

Gorilla Grow Tent

Because you can set up timers for your growth lights, drip feeding, watering, and ventilation, grow tents require less maintenance. Total automation of the growing process also allows urban gardeners to have a worry-free vacation for days.

Want to get yourself a grow tent? Check out ChampionLED.com to find reliable brands of grow tents, as well as growth lights for your indoor gardening needs.