Correctly Installing Double Ended Lamps is Important
Double Ended HPS grow lights have been gaining popularity over the last couple years. They burn brighter and have proven to be great for large industrial grows and smaller rooms with very high ceilings.
That is, if the lamp is installed correctly.
Safety concerns are mostly due to the high amount of heat that is emitted from DE lamps, typically with minimal supervision. Eighty percent of indoor grow room fires are due to DE grow room set ups and their lighting systems not being installed properly.
There are a few steps you need to take before your DE lamp is good to grow. Proper lamp installation is critical for your indoor garden, so it’s important that you follow each step with care so that your plants can benefit from DE lamps.
How to Install a Doubled Ended HPS Lamp
The DE HPS grow light is a special lamp, so it’s appropriate that you should take special care during installation.
Here’s a quick warning before you start; don’t touch the lamp with your bare hands. Oils from your skin can weaken the quartz glass and cause failure over time, if not immediately. Always wear gloves during installation.
Make sure you disconnect the power supply to your fixture prior to removing your old DE lamp. Leaving the fixture powered during installation could cause power arcing, fire, electrocution and possibly death.
Once you’ve turned the power off and put your gloves on, you’re ready to follow the next steps.
- Insert the lead wires of your DE lamp between the slots of a DE socket. The pinch (flat side) area of the lamp should be horizontal, not vertical. One end should sit on top of the socket spring while the other rests in front of them. Finally, do not bend the wires!
- You can now push gently on the pinch area rest on top of the silver socket springs until the lamp is securely in place. Don’t push too hard! Chips or breaks can lead to lamp failure.
- Forcefully slide each socket inward until it clicks into place. There should be no gap visible once the socket is closed. An unlocked socket can cause arcing and fire damage.
An improperly installed Double Ended lamp can create problems for your plants, in addition to being a possible fire hazard. If not installed properly, the lamp may not be giving off the maximum intensity or quality of spectrum, thus leading to smaller and lower quality yields.
You can watch this video to insure that you are installing your Double Ended HPS Grow Lamp properly.