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How many hours do the Grow Lights stay on each day? Can I change the timer?

Your AeroGarden has a built-in timer that will automatically turn the Grow Lights on and off. The number of hours the grow lights stay on each day will depend upon the plant selection you have chosen. While you cannot change the number of hours the lights stay on for some models, others offer the ability to customize the lights timer.  You can change the time of day the lights come on with every model. Below you will find a chart showing the number of hours the lights are On/Off for different plant selections, as well as instructions for resetting the lights timer.  



Harvest & Harvest Wi-Fi (Setting Lights On):
*Note: Your 'Plant Select' option programs the duration of your light cycle. Follow the steps below to schedule when you'd like your lights to turn on:
  • Quickly press and release the 'OK Menu' button; twice.
  • Press & release the 'Down' arrow three times until your control panel displays, 'Set Lights ON Time'
  • Press & release the 'OK Menu' button to accept.
  • Use your arrow buttons to change the hour, then press the 'OK Menu' button to accept & continue to the minutes.
  • Use your arrow buttons to change the minutes, then press the 'OK Menu' button to accept & continue to AM or PM option.
  • Use your arrow buttons to change from AM or PM, then press the 'OK Menu' button to complete!

Sprout / AeroGarden 3 (SettingLights On & Off):
  • Quickly press and release the yellow "Light" button. (Lights must be on to reset the timer).
  •  At the time you want the lights to go "On", unplug the AeroGarden and then plug it back in. Your lights are now scheduled to turn on during that specific time everyday until the 16 hour light cycle completes.

 Farm / Bounty / Harvest (Touch Screens):
  • First make sure you're on the Home Screen. This screen shows you your Light cycle, Water level & Plant Food reminder. It also tells you the time of day and the age of your plants.
  • Tap the large 'Sun Icon' located on the left side of your screen
  • Tap 'Change Settings'
  • Read the message, then tap 'Next'
  • Tap 'Adjust On/Off Times' or choose 'Customize Settings' to change your light cycle
  • Tap 'Next' (if visible), then set the On or Off times by tapping the arrow pad
  • Tap 'OK'
  • Tap 'Settings Correct'

 Ultra (Setting Lights On & Off):
  • Press Home to access the menu
  • Choose option 'Set Lights'
  • Choose option 'Set On/Off Times'
  • Choose option 'Change On/Off Time'
  • Use the arrows to set either the On or Off time.
      (The other will automatically adjust to keep the total amount of light the same)
  • Press 'OK'
  • Choose 'OK, Time is Correct'
  • Press 'Home' and you're done!

 Extra / Deluxe / Pro Series (Setting Lights On & Off):
*Note: This operation requires an External Timer.
  • Plug your AeroGarden into an External Timer then plug the External Timer into the closest wall outlet.
  • Set to '24-hour Super Grow' cycle by pressing the 'Select' button until the light indicator is next to 'Strawberries' or 'Live Plants' settings.
  • Press & Hold the button until the light begins to blink. When it starts blinking, release it. The lights and pump will now be on 24/7
  • Set the external timer to go On & Off when you want. Follow the external timer directions.

Classic 6 (Yellow Select Button):
  • Press and release the Yellow select button surrounded by the plant light indicators.
  • Repeat action above until the light reaches your plant variety.
  • Now press and hold for 2 seconds until you notice all the light indicators flash to confirm that your lights have been successfully reset.

Classic 7(Green Select Button):
*Note: You must be present during the specific time of day to schedule your lights to come On & Off. Follow the steps below to customize your light cycle:
Set Lights On:
  • Quickly press and release the "Lights" button. (Lights must be on to reset the timer).
  • Press and hold the 'Lights' button again until the 'Select' indicator light starts blinking fast. The first 5-8 seconds will make the light blink slow. Keep holding the button (about 10-12 seconds) until the light indicator starts to blink faster. Then release the button.
  • The lights should temporarily shut off, and in a few seconds come back on. (The AeroGarden is now set to come on at this time every day).
Set Lights Off:
  • Once you set your lights to come on, decide what time of day you want the lights to turn off, and at that time of day, follow the steps below.
  • Make sure the lights are on. (Lights must be on to reset the timer).
  • Press and hold the 'Lights' button until the 'Select' light indicator begins to blink. (Hold the button no longer than 5-8 seconds). Release the button as soon as it starts blinking. When it quits blinking, the lights will turn off.
  • The AeroGarden is now set to go off at this time every day.

New models manufactured since Fall 2014 will have light reset instructions printed on the control panel.

See the Quick Start/Setup Guide that came with your AeroGarden for exact instructions on how to reset the lights timer, as the procedure will vary by model.  

If you no longer have your guide, please follow this link, and then choose the correct model: http://www.aerogarden.com/aerogarden-customer-service-support/AeroGarden_Quick_Start_Guides.html

The chart below shows the number of hours the grow lights stay on/off each day for the early AeroGarden 7/Deluxe/Elite/Pro models. Use this as a guide when resetting your lights timer. 

PLANT TYPE

HOURS ON

HOURS OFF

Tomatoes/Peppers/Vegetables

16

8

Salad Greens/Lettuce

16.5

7.5

Herbs/Basil

17

7

Flowers

15.5

8.5

Strawberry (select models only)

15

9          

 

The following instructions will apply to most models prior to 2014, but please refer to your Quick Setup Guide for your particular model.

 Setting the "Lights ON" Time  

  • Grow Lights must be ON to reset the timer.  If they are off, press/release the "Lights" button to turn them ON.  With the Grow Lights ON .  .  .
  • Press and hold the “Lights” button until the green indicator light next to your plant selection begins to blink slowly, then rapidly. When the plant selection light is in the rapid blinking mode, release the "Lights" button. 
  • The lights will temporarily shut off, and after several seconds will turn back ON (Note: With aerator/bubbler models you will not see the lights go off and come back on again, but the light timer will still be reset as long as you followed the steps above). 
  • The Grow Lights are now programmed to turn ON at this time every day.  

 

Setting the "Lights OFF" Time:

  • Grow Lights must be ON to reset the timer.  If they are off, press/release the "Lights" button to turn them ON.  With the Grow Lights ON .  .  .
  • Press and hold the "Lights" button just until the green indicator light next to your plant selection begins to blink, then immediately release the "Lights" button. Note: If you hold the "Lights" button too long, the plant selection light will go from slow blinking mode to rapid blinking mode.  If you release the "Lights" button while in rapid blinking mode, you are setting the ON time, not the OFF time. 
  • After several seconds the Grow Lights will turn OFF.  
  • The Grow Lights are now programmed to turn OFF at this time every day.
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