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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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