How does it work?
Full spectrum LEDs supply an optimal blend of light colors to support seed starting, vegetative growth and flowering. LEDs run at low temps thus minimizing the risk of burning young seedlings or plants. With the timer set, the light automatically turns on and off ensuring your plants get plenty of light every day.
But how do the grow lights work exactly? You’ve probably heard of photosynthesis, the process by which plants make food by trapping light energy in their leaves. That light has many different colors in it. Chlorophyll, a plant pigment which does the trapping and creates energy for the plant, usually absorbs red and blue light. These two colors’ specific wavelength range, called Photosynthetically Active Radiation (or PAR for short), falls within 400 nanometer (nm) to 700 nm wavelengths, perfect for Chlorophyll A and B to manufacture sugar to fuel plant growth.
Our full-spectrum grow light provides both of these ranges in high amounts as well as in between ranges, too, which are important to other plant pigments. Even better? The combination of all spectrums is emitted as a natural, warm sun-like white color instead of the harsh bluish glare of other commercial grow lights.
Different plants require different intensities and durations of light to thrive. Select Partial Shade and adjust brightness to medium intensity for shade and low light plants. Choose Partial Sun and adjust brightness to medium-max intensity for partial sun plants. Choose Full Sun at max intensity for full sun plants.
For seed starting, position the Growbar 4”-8” above seeds. Once seeds have germinated and have 2-3 sets of leaves, adjust light to 6”-12” above seedlings. For established plants, keep the light 10”-16” above the plant canopy, as this will prevent the light from overwhelming the plants and ensure light penetrates lower layers of foliage.
Watering frequency depends on the plant type. Be sure to factor in the environmental conditions based on the location of the Growbar (sunlight, heat, humidity).
Many plants benefit from air flow. It strengthens their stems and helps them stay hearty and upright, which is important when plants are started from seed and need to mature. When starting from seed, consider placing in a well- ventilated area near a window, vent or fan.
Selecting an ideal indoor location is largely dependent on your preference and the plants you are growing. A sunny window can provide additional light and heat for fruiting and flowering plants or reversely too much heat for low light plants. A bathroom can provide a boost of humidity for water-loving botanicals. A vibrant vertical garden mounted on a wall can finally be achieved with a direct light source for your plants!
Safety Guidelines & Care Instructions
For indoor use only.
The LEDs have been permanently installed into this fixture. Do not repair, disassemble or modify under any circumstances.
Although LEDs do not get as hot as incandescent light bulbs, they still generate some heat. Avoid touching the LED panel and do not cover lights with flammable objects.
Do not try to modify the plug, cable or adapter. Use only with supplied power adapter.
Do not use the light if the power cord gets damaged. Avoid use in high temperature areas.
TO PREVENT RISK OF SHOCK OR INJURY, always power off and unplug Growbar before cleaning. Use a soft and slightly damp cloth when cleaning LEDs. Do not use chemical or abrasive cleaners.
Is my wifi network compatible?
If you are not sure whether your wifi network is 2.4GHz or 5 GHz speed, we suggest attempting to connect the Growlight to your wifi network. If it continues to not connect after several attempts, you can determine whether your router does have a 2.4 GHz network connection by following the steps below. Most routers have the ability to broadcast both speeds - they just aren’t setup with both.
Depending on the Wi-Fi router model, there are a couple of different ways to tell if your router is dual band. The best way is to look up your router’s model on the manufacturer’s website. Some wireless routers even have dual band written on the router itself or on the packaging that it came in.
Another way to tell, is to look at your Wi-Fi network’s name (SSID). Your Wi-Fi router may be broadcasting two networks, with different names to indicate the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. This is a good sign that you have a dual band router. Each router will name the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands differently, but you can generally tell just by looking. For instance, the 5 GHz network may have 5, 5G, or 5GHz as part of its name. The other may have 2, 2.4G or 2.4GHz as part of its name. So if you’ve named your Wi-Fi network “Home”, you might see Home5 and Home2 in the list of available wireless networks.
It’s also possible that your router is a dual band wireless router that is currently set to broadcast only in one band, meaning that you will only see one network name. Seeing one network name doesn’t necessarily mean that your router isn’t dual band. You need to check your router’s manual or the support section of their web site to be sure.
If your router is dual band, the manual or manufacturers web site will have instructions for how to set it to broadcast on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.