You can get some of these FREE if you participate in our beta test program. These are low UVB lights, designed to run 12 hours a day on your plants. They are T5 style (5/8ths of an inch in diameter) and F54 standard, meaning they need a 50-54 watt ballast. They will fit into any standard F54 rig, which is just short of 4 foot long. You need to call us if you want to be a part of the beta testing team, 1-800-600-8118 x126, and talk to me personally (Dennis) for information. Those that don’t want to be part of the official beta but want to try them out can also call to get them cheap, and just provide some basic info. I only have a limited number of test lamps, so call now to get in on the deal.
The Universal UV grow lamps (plant stressing) are shipping. These are based on our A10 prototype that has been used by a number of horticulturalists. They also make exceptional wood aging lamps, as they are multi-phosphor and have around 10% total UVB and no visible light phosphors. Of course, they still produce plenty of visible light due to how mercury bounces around in there, but the phosphors we use were selected to be the highest energy with the least waste. Most people are backing these 6 or so feet from their plants, and covering 4 to 8 plants with each bulb, making them insanely affordable. We have them as individual bulbs or kits, you can check them out here.
A customer pointed me to this article, Place Mushrooms in Sunlight to Get Your Vitamin D. A very interesting and useful article indeed. Vitamin D deficiency is common in the US, about 60% of us. That is odd since it only takes about 15 minutes of sunlight a day to get all you need for 24 hours, but still, as we shun UV due to improperly substantiated claims by the dermatology industry, more and more Americans are D deficient. Very few foods have significant amounts of vitamin D, but mushrooms do. It would appear that growing them with a couple days worth of sunlight (or a few hours worth of high intensity UV) dramatically increases the D content. Studies have already shown that vitamin D pills are all but useless, as you body just pushes out the synthetic versions, but this is the real deal. I’ve already had one customer buy lamps specifically for this purpose, the Universal UV. This could lead to some interesting things in the future.