IR ‘Trigger’ Lights for a More Bountiful Yield
| Sean Phillips
With the expanse of home growers, as well as home and commercial growing, there are plenty of experiments and developments happening with lighting. From the introduction and integration of LEDs to various other growing methods, the industry is certainly changing. As we discussed in our last article, LED lights have proven themselves to be quite formidable in terms of healthy, lush crop yields. So much so, in fact, that growers are seeing a magnificent increase in overall yields as well as a decrease in energy use, saving the grower both time and money.
Being that we have already discussed the use of LEDs, the real question here is what impact the use of infrared ‘trigger’ lights has on crops. Recent studies have pointed to significant advantages gained from the use of infrared lights as well. Various recent studies have actually proven a direct correlation between increased yields and the use of infrared trigger lights timed correctly.
How Can Infrared ‘Trigger’ Lights Help my Grow?
If you are familiar with the growing process, you are likely aware of what is possible in terms of lighting solutions—the market it quite vast. What you may not realize however, is how effective the use of infrareds can really be when thrown into the mix. Even though they go unnoticed when it comes to actual light, they do put off heat that plants absolutely love. Infrared light is derived from the wavelengths located at the far end of spectrum at >700nm. It is also emitted from every surface, living or not, with more evident IR light coming from the latter.
When you incorporate infrared lights into your lighting system, not only can you extend your plant’s very beneficial night cycle, it also puts them to sleep fast and boosts photosynthesis. Modern investigations into the use of infrared lights have exposed many other advantages as well, ranging from stronger stem growth to regulated and boosted flowering, ideal node placement, and more. Referring to the subject of LEDs, many LED lighting set-ups feature infrared light as well. While this is not a universal truth, it is not uncommon.
How Do I Use IR ‘Trigger’ Lighting?
If this is your first time reading up on this subject, the term trigger is used as such because this process entails small amounts of infrared lighting rather than full-on coverage for longer periods. The idea is simple; you want to expose your plants to short periods of infrared light as a part of their daily cycle. In turn, your plants are shocked into nighttime mode at a much quicker speed than without IR light. In fact, what normally takes hours only takes around 15-minutes thanks to IR.