High Pressure Sodium

Written by Ingrid Chen
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High pressure sodium is an element used for a specific type of high intensity discharge lighting. The light is produced when two electrodes in a pressurized tube creates an arc of energy, causing various chemical additives to vaporize. As the name of the light may suggest, that chemical reaction results in large amounts of light. High pressure sodium lights are incredibly energy efficient, and will help to make your garden perfectly productive with less effort and energy cost.

High pressure sodium has been for years a great tool for keeping an indoor garden as healthy as possible. If you are an avid gardener, you may be looking for a way to keep your plants well nourished and active year-round. Those winter months may seem a hindrance to your progress, but high pressure sodium may just be the answer.

High Pressure Sodium: Now Safe and Useful

Invented in the 1960s, the use of high pressure sodium in light bulbs was not entirely practical or safe until a material was found that could handle the chemical. Corning Glass developed a material that could handle that sodium: Alumina ceramic material. Since the development of safe high pressure sodium lights, they have found their way into many greenhouses and indoor plants.

These bulbs are not made to replace bulbs in just any light fixture. High pressure sodium should only be used in metal halide or mercury vapor fixtures only. Contact your retailer about what you are looking for, and they can help you determine the lamp that best fits your needs.


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