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How much reflection do different materials have?

in Beginners Starting out Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:52 am
by ozzydiodude • The Weird One | 2.453 Posts | 11438 Points

How much reflection do different materials have?
If you consider the total amount of light that hits your walls during a grow, it represents between 50% and 10% of available light, depending on plant height and the reflector used.

Of that reflected light, this is a chart showing what percentage of light is reflected by different materials.

If a flat white, high quality pure white paint is used, you can get as much as 93% reflectivity. The manufacturer can tell you the exact number for any given paint with one email.

Mylar that is undamaged and pristine will reflect at best, 95%. This 2% difference is negligible in plant applications.

Of course, this makes sense only if you use the proper white paint.

The advantage of paint is it's ease of replacement, and ease of use and care.

Keep in mind that all Mylars are not the same. Some Mylar, as shown by the below chart only reflect 90%. In that case, white paint would be superior.


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RE: How much reflection do different materials have?

in Beginners Starting out Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:44 am
by 4u2sm0ke • Marijuana is good | 2.331 Posts | 10557 Points

what about Panda film?....I use an isolation wrap...its 97% reflective and fireproof....I use white paint in the flower rooms and think ceiling paint is more reflective..but also more expensive


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RE: How much reflection do different materials have?

in Beginners Starting out Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:39 am
by ozzydiodude • The Weird One | 2.453 Posts | 11438 Points

Ceiling paint has titanium oxide added to reflect more light. I have to hunt but I read a paper where it's 90 to 95% reflective


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RE: How much reflection do different materials have?

in Beginners Starting out Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:38 am
by Weedhopper | 1.198 Posts | 3981 Points

I use SW Extra White Flat Latex.

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