What Are My Light Deprivation Cover Options

What Are My Light Deprivation Cover Options?

By using blackout light deprivation covers for your Light deprivation process, you can control the growth of their plants, produce a harvest sooner, and you can extend the grow season to produce multiple harvests.  It’s important to note that there are advantages and disadvantages of using a particular type of light dep cover over others. 

There are four basic types of light dep covers on the market for growers to consider. View and compare your light deprivation cover options below.

Panda Light Deprivation Cover

The most common characteristics of panda light deprivation covers are that they are black on one side and white on the other side. The white side is 90% reflective and helps growers reflect light back onto their plants. This product is widely used for light deprivation with growers; however, it does not provide complete blackout protection.

Light Deprivation Cover OptionsProduct Specifications

Material: polyethylene

Avg. Thickness: 4.0 – 6.0 mil

Avg. Lifespan: Approximately 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive and lightweight

Cons: Not as durable and can tear easily

Woven Light Deprivation Cover

The most common characteristic of woven light deprivation covers is its woven ribbons of high-density polyethylene. This quality gives the product superior tear resistance and is durable enough to last growers a few years.  

Light Deprivation Cover OptionsProduct Specifications

Material: Lightweight interwoven poly strips

Avg. Thickness: 9.0 – 12.0 mil

Avg. Lifespan: Less than 2 years

Pros: Flexible and durable

Cons: Higher price per sqft, and it’s heavy  

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Breathable Light Deprivation Cover

The most common characteristic of a breathable light dep cover is its thick, layered fabric. This product is woven/sewn in a way that does not allow light to penetrate. Of all the light deprivation products listed, it is the most expensive. This product cannot be used outdoors as it can trap moisture and accumulate mold.

Light Deprivation Cover OptionsProduct Specifications

Material: 3-5 layers of horticulture-grade textiles

Avg. Lifespan: Up to 5 years

Pros: Breathable fabric allows airflow to plants, may reduce excessive heat and humidity buildup

Cons: Higher price per sqft, and not designed for outdoor use.

 

BOLD Light Deprivation Cover

The most common characteristic of BOLD light dep covers is that it totally blocks light, is UV resistant, and is heat reflective. This product does not have any pinholes or perforations and is scrim-reinforced for superior strength. BOLD light deprivation covers can also withstand both hot and cold temperatures, ranging from -70° to 180°F.  The white layer contains UV inhibitors and thermal stabilizers, and the black layer contains carbon black to enhance outdoor life and ensure total light deprivation.

Light Deprivation Cover OptionsProduct Specifications

Material: Mix of virgin polyethylene resins and polyester, heavy diamond scrim reinforcement

Avg. Thickness: 8.0 mil

Avg. Lifespan: With proper care covers can last multiple years

Pros: Reinforced for durability and strength and US – made

Cons: Higher price per sqft

When it comes to light deprivation covers, Americover has a wide range of covers and accessories, such as the BOLD EZarm Tarp Puller to help growers enhance the quality of their plant growth and ease their experience. If you have a question about your light dep cover needs, give us a call at 760-388-6294.

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