The art of hydroponics is based on the principle that plants take in nutrients directly from deposits in water. Soil itself is simply a reservoir that houses the nutrients; the ions in the water are what allow the plant to absorb the mineral nutrients. These nutrients work with the light that the plant receives to convert it into energy or “food”. Without proper lighting, plant growth will slow or stop.
The leaves of plants are what collect the light and transport it to the rest of itself for conversion into energy. The more bright or intense, the light, the more energy the plant can produce. And with more energy, the plant will grow faster and bigger. Hydroponic lighting therefore is an extremely important part of the entire indoor gardening system. Modern hydroponics requires modern equipment such as digital electronic ballasts. Top quality digital ballast runs cooler and quieter, saving money in costs. They also increase the energy to the bulbs, making them burn brighter. This increased brightness provides more light, therefore, more energy to your plants without any increase in operating costs. Therefore, your plants can now take advantage of the extra available light, and put it to use for better growth.
Digital ballasts are the most cost-effective way of improving any type of hydroponic lighting system. Since digital electronic ballasts come in various wattages, they can be used by small hydroponic hobbyists, all the way up to a large commercial hydroponics operation. Use a top quality ballast that runs cool, is very quiet, and is of good value for the dollar. The best ballast will be affordable in price and will have a very low failure rate.