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NextLight: The Rest of the Story

nextlightMany of you met and had the opportunity to chat with the guys from NextLight, when they came to Louisville to hang out during our Customer Appreciation Day. They educated over 30 folk with a workshop on PAR and LED lighting, spoke with another 200 on their company specifics, and GAVE AWAY one of their incredible NextLight LED grow lights to a very fortunate customer. He was understandably thrilled, and reported just days later that, “I love the light!! I can already see a major difference.” We have had so many questions about NextLights since November 7th, we thought we would share the story behind the NextLight.

If you missed Rand’s NextLight workshop, you can catch him on this quick YouTube video sharing the highlights of the NextLight LED grow light system.

Now, on to the rest of the NextLight story (thanks to Nick and the NextLight team for providing us with this):

The germ of an idea

In 1997, Nick Brumm, the founder of NextLight was living in San Rafael, CA and happily working for Diamond Lights in sales and product development. One day, Nick visited a commercial tomato greenhouse in Sonoma, CA and everything changed. He saw his future in the commercial greenhouse industry and resolved to get an engineering degree to make it happen.

In 1999 Nick began his Mechanical Engineering degree at UC College of Engineering. Throughout this time he took on several co-op rotations at GE Aviation doing: Advanced Controls, Secondary Flows (turbine cooling airflow simulations), Product Support Engineering with M&I Aeroderivatives, and Controls Fuel Systems. He graduated in 2005 with 3.5 GPA and went to work for architectural and engineering firm doing HVAC design and controls for commercial food production facilities.  He also began taking all of his combined knowledge and using it to develop a business plan for a commercial greenhouse of his own. Nick quickly found investors and started work on the design.

By the end of 2006, however,  it was clear the economy was taking a turn and the greenhouse plan was shelved.  Nick knew first hand that the costs to run a greenhouse were too risky in this climate. However, every few weeks or so, his mind would drift back to his dream and he would challenge himself to find ways to reduce cost.

 

Product launch training

While the economy recovered, Nick went to work at Belcan as a contractor for GE Aviation. He held positions in Mechanical Systems, Controls Systems and finally Systems Engineering. The Systems Engineering position led to a direct hire at GE Aviation in Engine Systems as the Model Owner of the LEAP-1B Externals Integration.  The LEAP-1B program is part of the GE Aviation New Product Integration group which is the heart of future growth and revenue. Basically, it is the ideal group to work in when seeking to gain knowledge around: integration, production schedules, manufacturing & testing of new engines and design development.

 

The Light bulb goes on

In 2010 amidst this rapid career growth, Nick had a lightbulb moment. While looking at a Reef Tank forum, he noticed a few members building custom LED systems to light their coral reefs. They sought to reduce power consumption as well as heat, that were both issues with the metal halides that were typically run on large reef systems. Excited, Nick started doing research and ordered some LEDs to begin his own experiment. Nick discovered that he could in fact cut the cost of electricity. In fact, the power it would take to run the lights in his greenhouse could be cut in half. Labor and the cost of running lights were the two biggest expenses in the plan. With LEDs he could effectively reduce the overall cost of each plant by 25%.

 

Finding the right LED

Nick began looking for an LED grow light that could do exactly what he needed, but all he found were purple lights. It was then that he backtracked the development of the purple lights and found they were all making the same assumption about plant growth. They assume that you can target certain colors to power the photosynthetic response curve. Nick saw this as a poor assumption — the entire commercial greenhouse industry and every hobby grower alike have been using Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lights for 30+ years with fantastic results. These same white lights do not match the “ideal” curve claims of the purple LED makers.  Having worked in the grow light industry a decade ago, Nick had already seen the quest for the “perfect spectrum” and found it to be a gimmick rather than a scientific pursuit. With all of this in mind, Nick went in a completely different direction, seeking to make his lights as close to HPS as possible.

 NextLight turns on

Nick started the NextLight in 2011 and has compiled years of development — all the while being trained to launch a complex high tech new product by one of the largest corporations in America.

The light that Nick has created took design and development to the next level. And it was accomplished from a clean sheet of paper.

Customer Appreciation Day November 7th

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Save the date, you don’t want to miss this event! We will be here from 10-6 on Saturday, November 7th, with visiting industry experts from HORTILUX, SUNLIGHT SUPPLY, HYDROFARM, CUTTING EDGE SOLUTIONS, SUNLEAVES, FOXFARM, BOTANICARE,  HYDRODYNAMICS INTL and NEXTLIGHT. What a great opportunity to attend their FREE workshops, hang out and ask questions, pick up lots of samples, and hopefully get in on the $3500 in raffle items we will be giving away that day.

WOW! Our vendors ROCK! Here is our raffle list so far:

A NextLight 525 watt LED grow light valued at $1295, a sweet HPS 1000 Grow Light from our friends at Sunlight Supply, retail $300, a Secret Jardin Grow Tent from Sunleaves and Partner Brands, two hydroponic systems from Hydrofarm, the Emily’s Garden and the Mega Garden, 2 sets of Power Veg lamps from Hortilux, a Super Sprouter Kit from Sunlight Supply, Lots of Cutting Edge Solutions and Fox Farm products, Grodan Rockwool, and plenty of Tshirts and surprises. You get a raffle ticket just for coming, and raffles will be going on all day.

LOTS of fertilizers, soil, T-Shirts and surprises still coming in!   

We are excited about our extensive workshop schedule. This is the biggest educational event for indoor gardening and hydroponics in the southeast. People talked about last years’ educational workshops all year…and this year we have more, with several new topics. Check back for workshop updates.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  as of 10/21/15

11:00 Cutting Edge Nutrients
Optimum Plant Nutrition through Foliar Feeding
11:45  NextLight                                                                                                                                        LED and light spectrum
12:30  Botanicare
Nutrients are NOT Equal! / The importance of calcium and magnesium in plant growth
1:00  Hydrofarm
Home Hydroponics with Emily’s Garden and Mega Garden
1:45 Foxfarm
Soil and Organics, Maximize Success in your Grow Room
2:30  Hortilux
PAR, Light Spectrum, Lumens
3:15  Sunleaves and New Earth
CO2 and Environmental Controls to Increase Yields
4:00  Sunlight Supply
Game Changing DE and LEC Grow Lights

We will have free beer and other beverages, 21 and over. Plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for BBQ cowboyyou, too. This is a family friendly event. Holy Smokes, the BBQ Cowboy, who was featured in Louisville magazine will be here with his smoker cooking up some incredible, smokey, deliciousness. He will be selling (huge) plates for $8.00. We will be giving BBQ credits away with all purchases over $50 so you can eat on us when you make a purchase on the 7th!

 

Road Trip! Aquaponics Farm Tours Aug 22nd

This is a long-awaited group trip to see some Aquaponic farms, Lexington is about an hour drive from our store. Hope you can make it!

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We will be meeting at 11:30 sharp at New Earth to caravan/car pool to Food Chain in Lexington, Kentucky. We will eat at Smithtown Seafood after our tour, where they prepare and serve Food Chain Tilapia and produce, as well as other local choices. After lunch we will head over to Bluegrass Aquaponics for a guided tour of their commercial greenhouses; question and answer with the owners will follow. Those not wanting to caravan are welcome to meet us at Food Chain at 12:45pm ET in Lexington. Expect to be back in Louisville around 5:30 – 6:00pm. Total cost for both Aquaponic farm tours for adults will be $15 plus lunch.

foodchain_tankOur Food Chain tour starts at 1:00pm and tour cost is $10 adults/$5 youth. Food Chain is a non-profit that provides education and hands-on training for indoor, sustainable food production and processing. They are the first in Kentucky to do an aquaponic system like this totally indoors, under lights.

Smithtown Seafood is one of the links in FoodChain. Nearly every dollar spent at Smithtown will in part benefit FoodChain’s mission of educating adults and children about sustainable agriculture, food production and smart food choices. They simply step outside their back door and into the Food Chain farm for superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia. See their menu and check prices at www.smithtownseafood.com

Family owned, commercial aquaponics farm in Versailles, Kentucky

Bluegrass Aquaponics is a family owned, commercial aquaponic greenhouse . They grow Tilapia, greens, swiss chard, herbs, kale, and other produce in integrated systems that are a cross between aquaculture and hydroponics. Come see how one family is making their unique business vision succeed with hard work and creative marketing. We will be visiting their location after we tour Food Chain and have lunch, around 3:30pm. Expect the tour to take about an hour; produce and fish will be available for purchase. Tour cost is $5 per person.

Expected Schedule for the Day (Eastern Time)

11:30am Those caravanning and carpooling will be leaving the New Earth parking lot.

12:45pm Meet at Food Chain for 1:00 tour.

2:00pm Eat lunch at Smithtown Seafood

3:00pm Drive to Bluegrass Aquaponics for 3:30 tour

4:45pm Head home, expect to arrive around 5:45pm

We are looking forward to this event! Please RSVP by emailing nancy@newearthgardencenter.com, calling us at 502.261.0005, or joining our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/876688205746575/

Free Workshops Saturday June 20th

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beneficial insects for your garden

ORGANIC PEST CONTROL WORKSHOP Saturday, 6/20 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Gardens are in and growing, now here come the bugs! Learn how to go to battle with the critters that want to eat your plants before you do. Don’t panic and spray poisons, come in before the problem is out of hand and learn how to handle these problems in a safe, natural way. Vance will be at the helm to show you the myriad of organic pest controls and natural fungicides that are available, explain how they work, and give some practical advice on keeping your natural garden healthy and thriving. Using beneficial insects in your garden will also be addressed. There will be a question and answer period after the lecture. This workshop is free, and attendees will receive 20% off all purchases after the workshop on Saturday!

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Our own Compost Tea to Brew at Home

Free Compost Tea Making Workshop               Saturday 6/20  4:00 – 5:00

Learn how to make a biologically active fertilizer for your garden using a five gallon bucket, air pump, air stone, and the New Earth Compost Tea Kit. This kit includes worm castings, kelp, two kinds of guano, and our own Smart Tea as an activator. This workshop is being held right after our Natural Pest Control workshop. It starts at 4:00pm this Saturday, 6/20. Come at 3:00pm and attend both. It will be an afternoon of sharpening your gardening skills and covering two very popular topics!

New PowerVeg T5 Lamps Are Here

We have been waiting months for this totally new high output Fluorescent lamp, and the wait is finally over! EYE Horitlux has nailed it again with the PowerVEG T5 lamp.
PowerVEG is different. Not only does it produce a well balanced spectrum for your plants, it also provides UVA and UVB. UV is an essential component of the spectrum that produces stronger, healthier plants, allowing them to produce higher quality fruits and flowers. The sooner you introduce UV to your plants, the better your end product. No other T5 bulb on the market produces a spectrum with this quality or UV of any kind.

PowerVEG is the first and only T5 to incorporate full spectrums of UVA and UVB, and is the only T5 grow lamp Made in the USA!!! What can you expect when you add just one or two PowerVEG lamps to your T5 light fixture? (Even adding just one PowerVEG can make a big difference in the performance of a 4 lamp T5 fixture, BTW) Adding the PowerVEG will promote extreme photosynthesis for faster growth; create a stronger root system; and allow for easy transition from indoor veg to outdoor flowering. You will also see that the UV light helps develop stronger healthier vegetative plants that will produce higher yields and higher quality crops. Your grow room will reward you with faster producing yields, vivid colors, more flowering and better tasting crops.

PowerVEG can be used in any existing T5 54W HO lighting fixture. If using all PowerVEG FS+UV lamps in one fixture, we recommend reducing the time the lights are on by 20%. This is due to the quality of the spectrum and the amount of UV coming from the light. If using a 50-50 mixture of PowerVEG and standard T5 lamps, no need to reduce the time lights are on. We have personally just added one PowerVEG to bank of four T5 fluorescents. We recommend the height height above the canopy of plants should be between 8”-16”. The optimal height is 12”.

– See more at: http://www.eyehortilux.com/products/power-veg.aspx#sthash.qakH1k9P.dpufpower-veg-usa

Free Hydroponics Workshop, Sat, Jan 24th

This free workshop focuses on practical aspects of successfully operating a home hydro garden. It is for everyone, but those of you that have recently purchased/built a hydro system, or are contemplating setting one up, will find this workshop extremely helpful! We will cover choosing plants, plant spacing, irrigation cycles, grow media, reservoir maintenance, pH control, water temperature, and environment. Also hands on assistance with using ppm and pH meters and reservoir changing.

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Hydroponics in action in our grow room.

NYE Pre-Party, 5pm – 8pm

NYE party

Kinda last minute, but we are going to have an open house/early party for everybody to hit before the real NYE partying starts later in the evening. We honestly could not think of any place we would rather kick off 2015 than at New Earth! We have had an incredible year, most exciting time since the ’90’s…and 2015 is going to rock. It may sound cliche, but it really is because of you. We cannot thank you enough for supporting us and helping us succeed at our dreams!

We will be open all day for business with some year end deals, then at 5, the party starts. We will have plenty of drinks, refreshments, and if you do want to make a purchase, plenty of after-hours deals and surprises. (In other words, we are still working on it!) Probably have some corn hole, backgammon, cards, etc going. Help us plan our seed swap, talk about gardening, have a drink and a bowl of chili…you get the idea. Hope a lot of you can make it, stop for just a quick drink to say hello, or stay till we go home :)

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Super pumped about our Nov 8th Customer Appreciation Event! We have Sunlight Supply, Hydrofarm, Bloomington Wholesale, TechnaFlora, Cutting Edge Nutrients and NEXT Lighting coming into town to bring swag, give seminars, give out samples and answer all your questions! We will be offering special discounts, sales, some swag of our own, and providing you with some awesome local food and beer to keep your strength up while you soak in all the info. Don’t miss this chance to meet our manufacturers, grab some samples, and get some of the best deals of the year…while enjoying some Kentucky BBQ and beer. Hope to see you on the 8th, so we can thank you personally for all your support.

We are seeing an explosion of new products in the industry like never before! Several of us went up to Novi, Michigan, for the Indoor Gardening Expo in June to sort through all the hype. After careful consideration and research, we have added over twenty new products to our shelves, and more will be coming in through September. New is not always better, but we are confident that the products we have added will be valuable additions to anyone’s grow room or garden. Two nutrient lines we added that have been getting a lot of deserved hype are The Rock Nutrients, and Cutting Edge Solutions. If you are looking for a new fertilizer program, give either one of these a try, you won’t be sorry! We have been very impressed with performance of our new CO2 products, the Green Pad and the Green Pad, Jr. Foxfarm’s “Dirty Dozen” box is now on the shelves; we picked up the Xtreme Gardening Feeder Packs; and Emerald Triangle’s Sonic Bloom, Deep Breath, Killer Tea and G-10 are stocked and ready for your garden! Watch our blog for product spotlights as we introduce each new product line in September, or stop in for a one-on-one explanation on the product line of your choice.

Cutting Edge Nutrients

Cutting Edge Nutrients

grow tents, grow lights, grodan, seedlings, hydroponics

 

Join Vance as he demystifies gardening indoors with grow lights. Topics covered include lighting choices, how to set up your grow light, match your light to your plants, cost effectiveness, grow tents VS open displays and more. Why go to the expense of building and heating a greenhouse, when you can use any spare space to grow indoors? All participants will receive a 20% off coupon for any lighting system of their choice.