Grow Lights for Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening offers many advantages. The biggest benefits are the most obvious: garden pests can’t get at your plants, and you have total control over the weather.

 

With a set of grow lights, you can grow many plants indoors, including houseplants, orchids, and even some fruit and vegetable crops. Grow lights are ideal for seed starting because they help ensure stocky, green seedlings. A wintertime harvest of herbs and salad greens can also be grown under lights.

 

There are (3) main types of grow lights for indoor gardening:

 

Fluorescent Grow Lights

The standard fluorescent bulb, commonly denoted T12, makes a decent grow light for houseplants, starting seeds, supplementing the natural light of a window, and other situations where lighting needs are modest.  They are fairly weak in light intensity, however, and must be placed with a few inches of the foliage to have much of an effect.

 

LED Grow Lights

While they are typically more expensive than fluorescent bulbs, LEDs use half the electricity and last five times longer, more than paying for themselves in the long run.  The average LED bulb from the hardware store is not designed for plant growth, however – you need special LED grow bulbs, a relatively new technology that is increasingly available from specialized suppliers like YESCO.

 

HID Grow Lights

Before the advent of LED grow lights, HID (high-intensity discharge) lights were the main option for large indoor plantings.  They are extremely powerful, but are expensive to purchase, consume more electricity, require special light fixtures, and give off a lot of heat.  All that said, they are very effective and are still widely popular.  If you want to grow large plants like tomatoes or lemon bushes, HIDs are a good choice because the light penetrates farther into the foliage than with other bulbs.

 

Give us a call to go over options and budget to maximize lighting for your indoor garden!

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