Instead of traditional HID lighting (High Intenstiy Discharge), which produces a strong white light suitable for plants, Hydro Masta is installing modern LED lights (Light Emitting Diodes). These are specially selected LEDs in the blue and red spectrum which plants use to photosynthesise and unlike HID lamps, do not produce much waste heat. The increase in efficiency of these lights is well worth the higher cost, as LED lamps have a fully rated lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Here we are using the LEDmasta 600 units, which have a total of 32 individual 3 Watt LEDs. This unit effectively replaces a 600 Watt HID lamp, runs more cheaply and does not produce any unused light frequencies for plant growth.
Four metres long and four levels high, a total of 256 plants are fed with a fully automated hydroponic dosing system. Lighting is provided by special LED grow light strips with both blue and red frequency lights plus natural white ones for a more 'natural' appearance during business hours. Staff can pick herbs fresh from the wall.
The photo above was taken as we first planted out the front section in a staggered cropping, and in a few short weeks the entire system will be big and lush!
The first stage is a 24 bench NFT system, initially for lettuce, with a capacity of 4,000 plants. Later expansions will see a wide variety of salad greens and herbs grown on their site in Port Moresby, picked and packed fresh for daily distribution to their stores.
Hydro Masta's designs begin with a range of Mini-Farms for school, home hydroponics, hobby farmers, and progress up to full acreage NFT systems.The full Mini Farm (pdf) brochure is available here, and whether you have a balcony, a small yard, or a hobby farm, there is a Mini Farm to suit you.
An updated quote for commercial installations can be supplied on request. Please give crop specifications and site requirements.
The Hydro Masta online Library is a resource for the education and training of the hydroponic growers of tomorrow.
Using the links above, growers of hydroponic herbs, strawberries, vegetables or flowers can find useful information on techniques such as NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) and flood and drain, and all aspects of environment control from airflow and carbon dioxide enhancement through to optimal tank operation.
Check out Trev's home hydroponic garden, to see what can be produced in a small area:
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Hydro Masta supplies an extensive range of hydroponic kits and nutrients, and stocks all major brands of hydroponic additives and growth promotants, and we also ship goods Australia wide within a couple of working days!