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Q: What is the warranty on Lumatek Control Panels?
A: 3 years.
Q: What is the warranty on Lumatek lamps?
A: 1 year from manufacture.
Q: What is the warranty on Lumatek Reflectors?
A: 1 year.
Q: Can I run a CMH lamp with a HPS ballast or a CMH ballast with a HPS lamp?
A: No, as they are different technologies.
Q: Can I run a 400 watt lamp in the Lumatek 600 watt dimmable ballast?
A: Yes, you can run a 400 watt lamp in the 600 watt ballast dimmed to the 400 watt setting. Since the voltage output for the 600W ballast is the same as the 400 watt lamp this combination works perfectly.
Q: What is Kelvin?
A: The Kelvin Color Temperature Scale is a measurement of discriminating colors for the human eye. Color temperatures over 5,000K are called cool colors (blue/white), while lower color temperatures (2,700–3,000 K) are called warm colors (yellow/white through red). This is a measurement for the human eye, but serves as a reference for helping consumers know which lamp to buy for which stage of growth.
Not all growers are able to buy four lamps for every fixture, so the "one lamp system" means you could use the 4K for all stages of plant growth if needed. Your plants will get photo-chemical reactions with a Lumatek lamp that is more than could be achieved with any traditional lamp that was made for human vision.
HPS - Recommend for the majority of flowering when growing annual plants. 4K - This is a Full Spectrum light good for all stages of growth. 6K - Popularly used for vegetative growth and 3K - 2K; consistently used for flowering and fruiting growth.
Q: Why Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH) Full Spectrum light output so special?
A: The Lumatek CMH technology utilizes ceramic-discharge metal halide lamps to generate a light spectrum that encompasses a wider range compared to other types of HID lighting, such as conventional metal halides and HPS. The light output produced by this technology closely resembles that of light emitting plasma (LEP) units, albeit with a slightly narrower spectrum. However, in terms of luminosity, LEPs cannot rival the remarkable brightness exhibited by the Lumatek CMH units. From the moment these Lumatek units are switched on, their brightness is readily noticeable to the naked eye, matching the equivalent wattage of HPS bulbs. This combination presents the best of both worlds - a lighting unit that delivers a comprehensive LEP-style spectrum along with the intensity and radiance akin to HPS-style bulbs. This translates to increased light output, reduced heat generation, improved control, and ultimately higher yield.
Q: Importance of CRI?
A: The color rendering index (CRI), sometimes called color rendition index, is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reproduce the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. Light sources with a high CRI are desirable in color-critical applications such as photography and cinematography, and even horticulture. It is defined by the International Commission on Illumination as follows:
Color rendering: Effect of an illuminant on the color appearance of objects by conscious or subconscious comparison with their color appearance under a reference illuminant
The highest possible CRI is 100, which is equivalent to natural sunlight. The higher the CRI, the better quality of light.
Q: Why do you offer different kinds of Metal Halide lamps?
A: There are different metal halides lamps because each lamp represents a Kelvin rating or color. Kelvin ratings over 5,000 Kelvin are identified as "cool colors" (blues & whites). Lower color temperatures (2,700 - 3,000 Kelvin) are referred to as "warm colors". We offer spectrum selections of 4K (Daylight), 6K (Blue Cool). For the CMH range 3100K and 4200K. HPS lamps can be used as a "warm color" spectrum.
Q: Why is my Lumatek ballast 20% brighter than my old magnetic ballast, but my friends Lumatek is only 15% brighter than his old magnetic?
A: The impact of voltage on magnetic ballasts is responsible for this phenomenon. A magnetic ballast designed for 240 volts operates optimally at that voltage. When supplied with 240 volts, a 600-watt ballast delivers 600 watts of power to the lamp. However, in reality, the voltage in the UK can vary between 215 volts and 258 volts based on our observations. Since power is calculated as the product of current and voltage in linear devices like magnetic ballasts, a change in voltage directly affects the power output and subsequently the light produced. When the voltage drops by a mere 20 volts from 240 volts to 220 volts, a magnetic ballast typically experiences a 20% decrease in brightness, whereas the Lumatek remains 20% brighter. At 210 volts, the Lumatek shines 30% brighter. As a voltage regulator, the Lumatek ensures consistent light output across its entire voltage range, maintaining the same brightness throughout the day. Therefore, the outcome depends on your location and the voltage supplied.
Q: My magnetic ballast is brighter at certain times of the day, why is that?
A: This is because voltage varies throughout the day. It is not uncommon for voltage in a household to vary by 10% over a day. This is because voltage drops as more "load" (electricity consuming devices) is added to the household circuit, and the larger local electricity supply. As large industrial users turn on, local voltage drops, thereby dimming local lights. This effect occurs even as more HID lights are added to a circuit in a building. We have all noticed house lights suddenly dropping at certain times of the day.
Q: I used to get 6 x 600w magnetic ballasts on my circuit before tripping the circuit breaker. I can now get 7 Lumatek 600w Ballasts on that same circuit. How can that be possible?
A: This is because of the high "power factor" of a Lumatek Ballast. Without getting too technical, when a device has a low power factor, the electricity company has to supply additional power to the device to compensate. Because of the way electricity companies bill you, this extra power is not measured by a power meter but is "felt" by the circuit breaker. Therefore an additional almost 10% of power is supplied by the company causing it to "trip". Therefore where six magnetic ballasts would work before, now seven Lumateks will.
Q: When I checked my magnetic ballast with a power meter it told me the ballast was drawing far more than 800w, for a 600w ballast that's not possible surely?
A: Based on the equation "Power = Current x Voltage," it becomes evident that at voltages exceeding 255 volts, which is quite common in certain regions of the UK, a 600-watt ballast will actually draw more power than an 800-watt ballast. This has significant implications for power consumption, particularly when considering multiple units. For instance, if ten of these ballasts are in use, the cumulative effect on power consumption can be substantial.
Q: If my magnetic ballast changes power, does that affect the PAR light my lamp produces?
A: The availability of PAR(Photosynthetically Active Radiation) light significantly influences plant growth. PAR, which represents the light frequency used by plants for growth, is carefully considered by lamp manufacturers when designing their products. Within the power range of a 600-watt lamp, a desired amount of PAR is generated between 585 watts and 660 watts of lamp power. When the lamp power exceeds or falls below this range, the light frequency emitted undergoes changes: overpowering shifts the light towards the blue spectrum, while underpowering shifts it towards the red spectrum. These frequency variations have direct consequences on the growth rate and development of plants. Operating within the recommended range (585 watts to 660 watts) doesn't result in significant differences, but it's important to note that overpowering the light consumes more energy. However, certain circumstances may call for deliberate light dimming, such as in the case of high temperatures. Dimming the light causes a shift towards the red spectrum, although this effect has a lesser impact on plants compared to the detrimental effects of elevated temperatures. To address these needs, we have developed dual power dimmable ballasts (600/400 W and 400/250 W) to provide flexibility and meet specific requirements.
What is the Warranty on Lumatek Ballasts?
Lumatek is a well-known brand in the horticulture industry, providing high-quality lighting solutions for indoor plant cultivation. One of their popular products is the Lumatek ballast, which plays a crucial role in ensuring optimal lighting conditions for plants. In this article, we will explore the warranty details of Lumatek ballasts and provide insights into their compatibility and usage.
Lumatek Ballasts: Overview and Importance
Before diving into the warranty specifics, let's understand what Lumatek ballasts are and why they are essential for indoor gardening. A ballast is a device used to regulate and control the electrical current flowing to the lamp, ensuring stable and efficient operation. Lumatek ballasts are known for their advanced technology, durability, and energy efficiency. They provide the necessary electrical power to different types of lamps, enabling optimal growth and yield of plants.
Lumatek Ballasts Warranty: Key Information
Now, let's focus on the warranty coverage offered by Lumatek for their ballasts and other related components. Here are the key details regarding Lumatek warranties:
Warranty on Lumatek Ballasts: 5 years. Lumatek stands behind the quality and performance of their ballasts by providing a generous warranty period of 5 years. This warranty ensures that any manufacturing defects or malfunctions will be taken care of by the manufacturer.
Warranty on Lumatek Control Panels: 3 years. Control panels are essential components that allow growers to adjust lighting settings and create customized lighting schedules. Lumatek offers a warranty period of 3 years for their control panels, ensuring reliable and long-lasting performance.
Warranty on Lumatek Lamps: 1 year from manufacture. Lumatek lamps are designed to deliver optimal light spectra for different growth stages of plants. The company provides a warranty period of 1 year from the date of manufacture, assuring customers of their commitment to quality.
Warranty on Lumatek Reflectors: 1 year. Reflectors play a crucial role in distributing light evenly and effectively. Lumatek offers a warranty period of 1 year for their reflectors, ensuring that customers receive products free from any defects or faults.
Compatibility of Lumatek Ballasts and Lamps
It is important to note that Lumatek ballasts and lamps are designed to work together seamlessly. Compatibility is a crucial factor to consider when setting up your indoor garden. Here are some important points to keep in mind:
CMH Lamp with HPS Ballast or CMH Ballast with HPS Lamp: No, it is not recommended to mix different technologies. CMH (Ceramic Metal Halide) lamps and HPS (High-Pressure Sodium) lamps operate on different electrical requirements and are not compatible with each other.
Running a 400W Lamp in the Lumatek 600W Dimmable Ballast: Yes, it is possible to run a 400W lamp in the Lumatek 600W dimmable ballast. The ballast can be dimmed to the 400W setting, ensuring the correct voltage output for the lamp. This combination works perfectly and provides flexibility to growers.
Understanding Kelvin and its Relevance in Lamp Selection
Kelvin is a color temperature scale used to measure the color appearance of light emitted by lamps. It is an important consideration when choosing the right lamp for specific growth stages. Here's a brief overview:
The Kelvin Color Temperature Scale helps differentiate between cool colors (blue/white) and warm colors (yellow/white through red) for the human eye. For plant growth, different color temperatures have varying effects.
Color temperatures over 5,000K are considered cool colors and are suitable for specific stages of growth.
Lower color temperatures, such as 2,700–3,000K, are warm colors and have their own significance in plant development.
Keep in mind that the Kelvin scale serves as a reference for consumers, helping them make informed decisions regarding the lamps they choose for different growth stages.
Choosing the Right Lumatek Lamp for Different Growth Stages
Lumatek offers a range of lamps designed to cater to various growth stages of plants. Here are some recommendations:
HPS: Highly recommended for flowering stages when growing annual plants. HPS lamps emit a spectrum of light that promotes flowering and fruiting.
4K: This lamp provides a full spectrum of light suitable for all stages of plant growth. If budget constraints limit you to using only one lamp throughout the growth cycle, the 4K lamp is a versatile choice.
6K: Popularly used for vegetative growth, the 6K lamp provides a balanced spectrum that promotes healthy leaf and stem development.
3K - 2K: These color temperatures are consistently used for flowering and fruiting growth. They provide specific light spectra that enhance flowering and fruiting processes.
By selecting the right Lumatek lamp for each growth stage, you can optimize plant health, growth, and overall productivity.
Lumatek prides themselves in supplying the highest quality electronic ballasts to the horticulture industry. These electronic ballasts have proven to be up to 30% more efficient than magnetic ballasts. This technology leads to more light produced per Watt when compared to the old technology.
Lumatek electronic ballasts are used by research facilities, major nurseries and publicly traded companies. To improve your hydroponic yield while reducing energy costs, we recommend investing in a quality electronic ballast. Lumatek offers 5 year warranties on their products.