A quality shade together with a lamp and a ballast are among the most important elements for achieving the best results.
Shades vary in parameters such as, dimensions, effective surface illumination, reflectivity of the reflective material, service life of the reflective material and quality of workmanship.
The decisive parameters for choosing a reflector are the financial budget and the area that the shade is to illuminate.
As for light scattering, it should be noted that the reflectors are able to illuminate several times the area, but not effectively.
Most of the light flux will be concentrated directly under the lamp, but the rest of the growing space may suffer from "non-lighting".
There are lampshades on the market that address these shortcomings.
Air-cooled lampshades (COOLTUBE, SUNSYSTEM - DOMINATOR, IRRADIATOR, GARDEN HIGHPRO, PRIMAKLIMA SPUDNIK, LUMATEK) are a category in themselves.
It should be noted here that an air-cooled shade is not the most effective way of solving the temperatures in the growing space, but rather the last link / possibility to get the temperatures to reasonable values.
As a rule, these shades do not achieve uniform lighting illumination of their "uncooled" competitors, despite the regular need for their maintenance.
Maintenance and regular cleaning of the glass are essential, otherwise there is a risk of reducing the luminous flux due to the deposition of dirt.
In case of heat problems, the most essential element is always quality air conditioning (intake, exhaust fans) and quality air circulation (circulation fans, taking care of mixing cold air on the ground with superheated air, which stays under the lamp and on the upper floors of the growing space).
More information on this issue can be found in the VENTILATION category.
Area up to 60x60cm - From the basic cheap shades that effectively illuminate the area up to the size of 60x60, HAMMER and COOLTUBE shades can be recommended.
At an unbeatable price, they provide a satisfactory price / efficiency ratio. The best possible choice for such a small space is clearly the Adjust-A-Wing DEFENDER Small, including a heat shield.
Area up to 120x120cm - Adjust-a-Wings® reflectors can be recommended for this space with a calm heart.
Of all the lampshades on the market, Adjust-a-Wings® provides the most balanced values of the illuminated area (there is a sufficient illumination of the sides and corners).
Adjust-a-Wings® without a heat shield can be recommended for an area of 100x100, a heat shield is necessary for a larger area.
Adjust-a-Wings® is the best choice. It is offered in three variants (ENFORCER, DEFENDER, AVENGER).
ENFORCER - a reflection of 86%, the service life of the material and its properties is up to 5 years of constant use - for the price sold, it is definitely a complete BESTSELLER.
DEFENDER - reflection 86%, the service life of the material and its properties is up to 8 years of constant use.
AVENGER - reflection 97%, the service life of the material and its properties is 25 years of constant use - The highest quality shade on the market, MUSTHAVE product for those who do not want any compromises.
Spaces 150x150cm and larger - To effectively illuminate such large spaces requires XXL - LARGE shades and ideally the use of 1000W lighting for effective illumination at a distance of 100cm.
The same recommendation applies in this category as for the size 120x120cm with the difference of using a larger shade.
LARGE - XXL can also be recommended for spaces 120x120, where it achieves even better light scattering than MEDIUM shades, however, thanks to the significantly higher price, this surcharge must be considered.
The use of a heat shield is highly recommended here.
Effective distance (depth) of illumination of individual wattages.
1000W - 100cm
600W - 60cm
400W - 45cm
250W - 30cm
As already mentioned, the choice of shade is always the result of many factors.
By purchasing shades: Adjust-a-Wings®, Lumatek, SUNSYTEM, PRIMAKLIMA, GARDEN HIGHPRO you can never make a mistake and you will always get a quality product for your money.
- Height-adjustable reflectors mounts
- Double Ended
- Air-cooled reflectors
- Parabolic reflectors
- Others reflectors
- Gavita Horticultural Lighting
- Sun System
- Garden HIGHPRO