HELLION refers to our new range of reflectors, lamps, electronic ballasts and accessories that support double-ended high pressure sodium (DE-HPS) technology.

Developing the HELLION range has been a long term project that began around 4½ years ago. At that time DE-HPS lamps were new to the market with sleek looks and tantalizingly high power and efficiency ratings. However, the fixtures surrounding the lamps fell a long way short of optimal. The lamp clamps were oversized, awkward and surrounded by boxy (heat trap style) reflectors with onboard ballasts to amplify plant burn potential.

The HELLION range was designed to maximize the potential promised by DE-HPS lamps and liberating them from their “prisons” in greenhouse-style deep dish reflectors. HELLION is all about harnessing the raw power of DE lamps so that plants (and growers) can truly benefit from the increased output and efficiency.
It’s been specifically tuned and built for purpose—that being, to run seamlessly at 750W and 600W on the HELLION UHF electron-ballast with virtually no change in spectral output, efficiency or lumen maintenance. Other lamps (e.g. 600W DE-HPS lamps touted as “boostable” to 750W) can suffer significant spectral degradation and drops in efficiency and working lifespan when “boosted”.
You can use any compatible electronic ballast with HELLION DE-HPS lamps but, for optimal performance, they should be coupled with the HELLION UHF electronic ballast. Quite simply, the HELLION lamp was designed specifically to run perfectly in harmony with the HELLION e-ballast—a match made in heaven!

Adjust-A-Wings digital UHF ballasts are factory run-in for 168hrs and thoroughly fault checked prior to sale. This process weeds out 99% of all component related faults and we provide them with a three-year unconditional warranty. Hence, we expect our ballasts to perform faultlessly for three to five years minimum also.

Adjust-A-Wings digital UHF lamps are leak tested/factory run in for eight hours and thoroughly fault checked prior to sale. Again this process weeds out 99% of all component related faults and we provide them with a 12 month unconditional warranty. That means they are “good to go” straight out of the box, no 100hrs burn in prior to dimming etc. Simply plug in & play. Further, the arc tubes are rated for 20,000 hrs or four years x 12 hours a day and we suggest replacement after 18 months – 2 years for best and consistent results. Other manufacturers suggest lamp replacement every 12 months however our reflectors do not trap heat and they do not reflect significant amounts of light back into the lamp and as a result we experience extended lamp life!
Materials: We use only the highest quality, most reflective materials for our reflectors. Typically 95-97% reflective German aluminum, finely dimpled for even fine light distribution with minimal surface degradation. Quite simply, our reflectors not only perform outstandingly in the market but are built to last. That’s why we’ve been manufacturing and selling reflectors for over 20 years.

Shape: The unique, double-parabolic shape of our reflectors spreads the light from the lamp uniformly over the canopy, both in terms of intensity and incident angle—providing unparalleled penetration deep into the plant canopy.

Adjustability: As our name implies, Adjust-A-Wings reflectors are highly customizable so that they not only fit perfectly into your grow space, but can also be adapted to alter the characteristics of the light output for different stages of growth.

The “wings” of the reflector can be adjusted so they are super narrow (for a deep, penetrating beam of light) or super wide (for a broad, dissipated spread of light) with three additional settings in between. It’s also possible to adjust the lamp height relative to the reflector which can have a dramatic effect on the footprint shape generated.

For a practical example, when plants are young and growing vigorously (e.g. Springtime) you can position the reflectors high above the plants (with no super spreader fitted) with a narrow reflector setting for a bright, uniform and even light pattern. When plants are in full flower and need serious intensity you can widen the Adjust-A-Wings and bring the reflector closer to the canopy for deep canopy penetration and maximum intensity. The addition of a Super Spreader means you can achieve the necessary light intensity to drive maximum production without the hot spots that are normally associated with such close placement.

Heat Dissipation: Adjust-A-Wings reflectors run much cooler (< 90⁰C) than deep dish-shaped greenhouse style reflectors (> 200⁰C). So unlike greenhouse style reflectors which degrade by 3-5% in reflectance each year, ours carry on working perfectly for many years (3 to 5 years at least) without significant degradation. Also, because they run much cooler, lamps last longer with higher lumen maintenance (we recommend lamp replacements every 18 months whereas other manufacturers recommend 12 months) and there is massively reduced infrared re-emittance which can potentially cause issues for heat sensitive crops.
DE-HPS lamps are incredibly efficient. That means they emit lots of plant-usable light for every watt of power they consume. However, many growers have overlooked the issue of the excess heat generated from these lamps. (They run very hot!)

Commercial indoor growers seeking to benefit from the superior output of DE-HPS have often been forced to compromise due to their choice of reflector. Small, deep-dish “greenhouse-style” reflectors accumulate heat and spread light out very widely. As such, commercial growers usually position their fixtures five, six or even eight feet above their plants in an effort to protect their plants from the excess heat. This “brute force” approach to indoor gardening works, to a point, but only by sacrificing efficiency. There can be huge light losses to walls and walkways meaning more watts need to be used to illuminate a given area. This, in turn, means more energy needs to be spent on cooling the climate room. By the time photons reach the plant canopy they have spread out and reduced massively in intensity. That’s why commercial growers are forced to use cross reflection and overlapping footprints in order to generate their required intensities.

Adjust-A-Wings takes a totally different approach. The unique shape of our reflectors means that heat is dissipated and can escape the reflector, instead of it turning into an oven. Light is uniformly reflected but remains intense as the lamp can be positioned up to 45 cm (around 18”) from the plant canopy without heat issues. If you tried doing that in less forgiving reflectors (e.g. deep-dish greenhouse style) you would literally cook your plants, cause stomatal closure and photosynthetic shut-down.

Adjust-A-Wings makes DE-HPS technology accessible to all growers, whether they have 15 ft high ceilings or not—making them ideal for indoor growers in a regular, domestic setting. Up until now, 1000W or 750W DE-HPS have been out of bounds to growers with 8’ or 9’ ceilings as plants quickly grow too tall and growers run out of vertical space.
Super Spreaders have been around for many years now and are, perhaps, one of the best kept secrets within the indoor gardening community!

In a nutshell: it doesn’t matter if you are supplying light at the perfect spectrum and ideal intensity if your plants are too hot! Grow lamps produce lots of light but also lots of heat—especially radiant heat, so this needs to be properly considered when building a professional and productive indoor garden lighting solution.

Indoor growers understand how precious light is to their plants and are constantly striving for techniques and technology to enable them to deliver more light to their canopy. However, artificial light comes with an “evil twin” called excess heat. If your plants receive too much heat they start to lose too much water out of tiny pores in their leaves called stomata. Plants will automatically close their stomata in an effort to conserve water when this moisture loss is too great—and when stomata are closed plants can no longer photosynthesize (they can’t use the light) so it’s all a big waste.

So the trick with indoor growing (especially when cultivating heat sensitive species) is to provide all the light your plants need without generating heat issues as a result. Super Spreaders are an invaluable tool for indoor growers who understand the devilish nature of light and heat on their plants.

Super Spreaders spread light: Excess light is reflected away from the hot spot directly beneath the lamp and redirected towards areas where the additional intensity is required. (The periphery of the lighting footprint—corners and edges.)

Super Spreaders spread heat: Radiant heat (infrared) is reflected away from the hotspot beneath the lamp and direct it towards areas that are naturally cooler, turning destructive heat into nurturing warmth. This facilitates a much closer lamp placement over all meaning significantly increased intensity and canopy penetration.

Super Spreaders spread plants: Plants no longer lean towards the lamp but grow straight up wards or slightly outwards instead. This allows light to penetrate deeper into the foliage and air to circulate more effectively.

Super Spreaders increase angular light: When light travels are various angles (not just directly down) they are very effective at penetrating thick foliage compared with light beaming straight down from above. Many LED grow lights produce very little in the way of “angular light” hence their limited footprint size & lack of penetration — despite their ability to “excite” PAR meters and provide impressive statistics.
Yes, the incorporation of Super Spreaders generally facilitates closer placement of lamps without sacrificing light spread or coverage / footprint size.

Super Spreaders also provide growers with a much larger margin for error between the zone of maximum light delivery and the onset of overheating and burning.

Lamp Canopy Distance Guide (without Super Spreaders)

600W: Veg = 70cm, Early Flower = 55cm, Mid flower = 40cm, Maturation = 55cm.

750W: Veg = 90cm, Early Flower = 75cm, Mid flower = 60cm, Maturation = 75cm.

1000W: Veg = 110cm, Early Flower = 95cm, Mid flower = 80cm, Maturation = 95cm.

Lamp Canopy Distance Guide (with Super Spreaders)

600W: Veg = 60cm, Early Flower = 45cm, Mid flower = 30cm, Maturation = 45cm.

750W: Veg = 75cm, Early Flower = 60cm, Mid flower = 45cm, Maturation = 60cm.

1000W: Veg = 90cm, Early Flower = 75cm, Mid flower = 60cm, Maturation = 75cm.
Technically, if you measure with a PAR / Quantum meter, the light loss from a Super Spreader is around 5% if you take measurements over a given footprint with a Super Spreader on and off at the same distance. But this doesn’t even get close to telling the whole story!

The Super Spreader affords growers the opportunity of a much closer placement between the lamp and the plants. This closer placement means more of your canopy can safely receive a much higher intensity without plants directly beneath the lamp suffering from being in a hot spot.

No Super Spreader forces growers to adopt a much higher placement meaning decreased intensity and more light losses to walls, floors and walkways—as well as less canopy penetration.
Lay out your grow room lighting in accordance with our “Layout Tips”. These directions provide tried and tested guidelines for maximum production indoors.

For our 600-750W Hellion DE HPS, we recommend a 1.5m x 1m rectangle or 1.2m x 1.2m square.
All plants have evolved to rely on seasonal climate changes to guide them through their life cycles. Indoor gardeners who rely on artificial light, commonly grow plants classed as “fast growing, light-loving annuals”. Such plants often rely heavily on seasonal changes/triggers to complete their lifecycle.

Germination and vegetation typically spans the period from spring to mid-summer and flowering and fruiting/maturation tends to span the period from late summer to mid-autumn with senescence and harvest becoming immanent prior to the onset of winter. So, seasons and the related variations in light intensity and temperature are built into your plants’ DNA and, as such, are “expected” and necessary to trigger the hormonal changes which govern their vitality and progress through the course of their life.

Accordingly, an indoor gardener who understands the importance of mimicking the seasons and is able to provide some well-timed and directed seasonal variation to his plants will reap benefits far beyond those who choose to ignore them.