Frequently Asked Questions - Soltech Solutions

Frequently Asked Questions

Aspect

What kind of plants can the Aspect grow?

Below are some of the most popular plants our customers are growing.  The Small 20W Aspect can grow the low light and medium light plants listed below and the Large 40W Aspect has the ability to grow all of the plants listed below.

Full Sun Plants (Coverage 10″ – 18″): Beans, Cannabis, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons, Peas, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes

High Light Plants (Coverage 20″ – 28″): Banana, Cacti, Carrots, Dwarf Citrus Trees, Ficus, Olive, Dwarf Pineapple, Pomegranate, Succulents

Medium Light Plants (Coverage 30″ – 36″): African Violet, Aluminum Plant, Bamboo, Begonias, Coffee Plant, Corn Plant, Herbs, Orchids, Peace Lily, Peperomia, Pleomele, Spider Plant

Low Light Plants (Coverage 42″ – 48″):  Arrowhead Vine, Asparagus, Ferns, Cast Iron Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Dieffenbachia, Snake Plant, Staghorn Fern, Ivy, Pothos, Philodendron, ZZ Plant

How high should I hang my Aspect/What is the coverage area?

Finding the right distance between the Aspect grow light and your plant can be a challenge. The hanging height may vary if your plant receives significant natural light or no light at all. Below are the hanging heights and corresponding coverage area for both the small and large Aspect grow light. This page lists out the most popular plants with recommended starting hang heights. Make sure to pay attention to your plants. Adjust the hanging height if you notice your plant stretching or the leaves burning.

On average, for each foot the Aspect is hung above a plant, it will provide that amount of light. That is to say, if you hang the Aspect 3 feet above the plant, it will provide a 3 foot by 3 foot area with light.

Small Aspect Grow Light

The small Aspect grow light is recommended for most small herb gardens and low – moderate light plants.

Large Aspect Grow Light

The large Aspect grow light  is recommended for moderate – high light plants, small trees, and more!

How do I hang my Aspect?

The Aspect comes with 3 ceiling hooks for easy installation.  Below are the instructions on how to hang your light.

  1. Determine where and how you want the Aspect to be installed. Different methods of installation require different materials. We have additional installation materials available on our website.
  2. For the most common installation, use the included white hooks. We recommend pre-drilling a small hole to help speed up the install. When hanging, use the larger ceiling hook directly above the Aspect unit and the smaller close to a wall for support.

CAUTION: Never attempt to use 3M hooks or Command hooks on the ceiling.

CAUTION: Do not install in a radiant heated ceiling or wall.

2a. (Optional) To install the Aspect through drop ceiling tiles, walls or other permanent structures, contact a qualified electrician.  By opening the power supply box or cutting the wire, you are voiding the warranty of the Aspect.  Follow all local laws and codes, including the National Electrical Code and National Fire Codes.

  1. Using the Hanging Height section, determine the distance the Aspect should be hung above the canopy of your plant.
  2. Program the included 24-hour outlet timer to give your plants a constant light cycle. Do not exceed 18 hours of light for any plant! See the Light Cycles portion of this manual for recommendations.
  3. Plug the light in! Make sure the plug is not loose fitting in the outlet. If the outlet is loose, have a qualified electrician replace your outlet.

How does the light turn on?

Once you hang the light to your preferred height, just plug the unit directly into an outlet and it will instantly power on. The use of an outlet timer is essential for maintaining proper growth of long and short-day plants.  For this reason, each Aspect includes a mechanical outlet timer that works as a daily on/off switch for your grow light.

How long should I leave the Aspect on each day?

Light cycles are used to simulate the conditions of day and night for indoor plants. We highly recommend the use of an electrical 24-hour timer (included) to create a repeatable light cycle.

Most plants grow in two stages, the vegetative stage and flowering stage. During the vegetative growth stage, the plant is focused on growing in

preparation for flowering. Some plants can be left in the vegetative stage indefinitely with no adverse effects. The flower stage is initiated when the light cycle changes into the critical light period, explained below. This change will cause your plant to focus completely on making flowers and seeds for reproduction.

There are three types of plant responses; short-day, long-day, and day-neutral. The first two types have a critical light and dark period associated with them and can vary from plant to plant. This critical period will determine when the plant switches from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage. Day-neutral plants are generally unaffected by light cycles and flower when the plant is mature. If you find that it is difficult to flower a short-day plant due to a light flash at night, we recommend flowering in a closet or grow tent.

How long does the light last and do I have to replace the bulb?

The lights actually have an LED chip (rather than a bulb) mounted directly to the aluminum housing and cannot be replaced.  If used for 16hrs/day the Aspect will last 15 years; or 90,000hrs. You do not have to replace bulbs or any components of the Aspect.  If the light burns out for any reason within 3 years of the purchase date, just return it to us and we will send you a new one.

Why pick the Aspect?

Understanding how plants respond to light is critical when picking the appropriate grow light. While humans think of light in terms of brightness, plants qualify light by the required specific wavelengths in the spectrum.  As the world’s first luxury plant light, the Aspect has struck a balance between a high precision photosynthetic spectrum and supreme lighting quality that is traditionally reserved only for museums.

There are a few features that make our products stand out from all the rest.  Our warm white spectrum stands out among our competitors’ because we know interior design is important to you! The Aspect is the ideal light for both supporting your plants and displaying them beautifully indoors. With a color temperature of 3000K and a color rendering index (CRI) value of 97, the Aspect grow light promises a professional level of color accuracy.  Now you can bring the natural beauty of plants to any room without sacrificing your home décor! Visit This Page learn more about our spectrum and the science behind the Aspect.

Is all white light the same? Why not just use an ordinary light bulb?

This is the most common question we get. The short answer is that the white light produced by the Aspect is unique and is not at all comparable to the spectrum of any store bought light bulbs. This is due to our unique spectrum that was designed for both plant growth and general lighting. The Aspect provides a significant amount of output that corresponds with photosynthetically active radiation, commonly known as PAR, which is the acceptable wavelength range for photosynthesis. Like most LED grow lights, we have peaks of light that correspond with Chlorophyll A and B, Chlorophyll Synthesis, Carotenoids, Carotene, and far red Phytochromes.

To expand on that answer, our white light is produced in such a different way as compared with store bought LEDs that it deems a full explanation. First, it is important to know what white light really is. White is a combination of the primary colors red, green and blue. In the LED industry, companies use two methods to produce white light. These include mixing light from red, green and blue LEDs or by using a yellow phosphorous coating over a blue LED. The latter is a more efficient and higher quality solution for home lighting and is used by nearly every LED producer. This works because a large amount of yellow light stimulates both the green and red cones in our eye, tricking us into seeing white. This method is great for lighting, but provides too much green and yellow light while not providing any of the critical red light needed for plant growth.

The Aspect set out to solve this problem by first focusing on the spectrum required for photosynthesis, then adjusting that spectrum until we got a high quality white light!

Why should I grow plants indoors?

The addition of plants to a room can instantly change the atmosphere and add that kick your décor needs to stand out and feel complete. Plants also have the added benefit of providing positive health benefits, such as increased oxygen levels. Many plants were found to remove up to 90% of carcinogenic chemicals from the air. We changed the way you think about décor, so get creative and light up the corner of your room with a lemon tree or hang some herbs off of your kitchen wall!

I thought green was bad?

Green light in small amounts is fine, it’s beneficial to most plants. Green light is transmitted deeper into the leaf and is more efficient than either blue or red light at driving CO2 fixation on the lower sides of the leaf. Some newer full spectrum lights are even including green and yellow light for slightly better yield of expensive crops. The reason not everyone uses green is because it is poorly absorbed into the plant, making it costly to use. Most LED lights on the market still focus on only red and blue light since it is the most efficient at driving photosynthesis. This keeps the price of the light affordable to commercial growers so they can produce inexpensive indoor crops year round. We use a full spectrum white light so you can enjoy healthy plants in your living room all year long!

Will using the Aspect significantly increase my electricity bill?

No! Not only do LED lights allow for high quality, full spectrum plant growth, but provide significant energy savings over all other technologies. If you operate the 20W Aspect for 16 hours a day, 365 days out of the year, it will cost you about $10 – $20 a year for electric. Why? Because you pay about