Why are Timers Important in Lighting Systems?
When you grow cannabis indoors it’s up to you to reproduce the environmental conditions found in nature. The photo-period or light period is one of those factors and it’s essential for photoperiodic cannabis plants to grow and flower successfully.
Over the growth period, cannabis plants need about 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness, however once you flip them to a 12/12h schedule they’ll begin flowering.
Timers are essential for your indoor grow lights to turn on and off at the same time every day. These devices are super helpful for making sure that your plants receive the right type of constant light and darkness when needed. This avoids issues with stress which can damage the yield significantly.
What Time or Timers are Used for Growing Cannabis Indoors?
Each growing set-up is different and has different needs, which is why we have a wide range of timers for different needs here at La Huerta Grow Shop.
- Analogue timers: these timers are super easy to use and quite affordable. It’s ideal for those that have small grows or for those that are just starting out; they’re not hard to use at all. They’re simply a normal timer wheel with tabs that you can put up or down depending on the hours you want the lights to be on or off. There are many different types of analogue timers; some that can just be connected to one light and other like the LEGRAND Timer which can deal with up to 3500w.
- Digital timers: these timers are similar to analogue timers and they’re also quite affordable. They’re not quite as easy to use as analogue timers, although they’re more precise than analogue; the minimum timing interval is one minute, whereas in analogue timers it’s 15 minutes.
- Timing box: this type of timer is ideal for those that have decent sized grows. Some models such as the Timer Box II 6x600w allow you to connect and time up to 6 high pressure lights with simultaneous on and off functions.
- Control panels: at la Huerta you can also order control panels for large grows such as the Hortigrow control panel, which allows you to set up 48 600w ballasts and grow lights.