For a newbie, the wonderful world of grow lights can be overwhelming. Choosing the most practical lighting for indoor plants can be a daunting task even for professionals. Gardening lights are necessary because they provide the lively, full-spectrum light that plants thrive in. Normally, the lights are brighter than the regular fluorescent bulbs that we know.
Technology has enabled scientists to come up with easy programmable wireless LED lights that require little or no effort throughout the growth cycle. With the right set of grow lights, it is possible to grow vegetables and fruits exclusively indoors. Nearly all seedlings will do better with artificial light than with natural lights.
Indoor gardening light comes in handy under serious conditions such as winter that are unsuitable for plant growth.
What's the difference between various types of indoor gardening lamps
- Led lights
This is the latest technology in the world of grow lights. They are ideal because of their small size and efficiency.
- Full-Spectrum Fluorescent Lights (new)
The new models have a longer life-span and are more efficient. For instance, the T-5 lights will double the light intensity while using the same wattage like the older models.
- Incandescent Lights
These lights are ideal for starters with a very low budget. They tend to be extremely hot when used for long hours.
What should you consider when purchasing plant growing lamps?
Some plants will do better in some light variations than others. For example, marijuana requires full- cycle indoor light from seed to maturity. Other plants will only require lighting when flowering or vegging. Blue lights are ideal for vegging while red lights are ideal for the latter.
The size of your indoor space will determine the number of lights required. A larger space will require multiple high-voltage lights. For plants that require high intensity, 25 watts for every square foot will do. Low light plants will only require 15-16 watts per square foot. For smaller plants, shelves save on the number of lights required. Ensure that the lights are close enough to the plants. However, placing them too close might burn the leaves.
Natural sunlight has all the colors of the rainbow. Plants require the entire spectrum to photosynthesize.
The light intensity is determined more by the wattage and the distance from the light source. Remember, it does not matter how important the lighting is. The plants will require about six hours of rest in the dark.