HPS Grow Lamp Light Spectrum

December 7, 2018

If you want to take advantage of the efficiency of HPS lamps but don’t want to compromise on light spectrum, you can (1) look for HPS lamps with enhanced performance in the blue spectrum, which are a great compromise, or (2) supplement your HPS lamp by combining it with some blue light from an MH or an LEC lamp, cool-spectrum, narrow-spectrum blue fluorescent tube, or blue LED.

Tomatoes and peppers growing under the yellow-colored light of an HPS lamp.
PC: Leslie F. Halleck

If you are growing in an open space where natural outdoor light is present, such as a greenhouse or a room with windows, you can use HPS lamps alone to supplement the light spectrum and photoperiod—although the orange visual color of the light is less than aesthetically pleasing.

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