Do you wish to make your house green with natural and healthy indoor plants. Yes it is possible, all you need is the right indoor grow light to begin the magic. So which is the best indoor grow lights?
Well, there are numerous choices to choose from but you have to be knowledgeable about the specifications, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Grow lights makes it possible to grow plants indoors, in your house or garage.
In this review, we will highlight all you need to know before you go shopping for grow lights so that you can make the right choice between LED, Fluorescent and HID light sources.
Types of light bulbs : From fluorescent to LED to T5 and T8
1. Fluorescent vs. Incandescent
Fluorescent bulbs are good energy savers compared to the incandescent bulbs. With the same energy, they produce more light compared to incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs last up to 20,000 hours longer than the incandescent bulbs and this makes them a more expensive compared to the incandescent.
Incandescent bulbs costs $30 but they need to used with a lot of care since they normally get extremely hot at times. Both lights are user friendly and easy to install.
2. LED lights
These are the smallest in size, light in weight, easy to configure and best for greenhouse. It is also good since it maximizes critical color-red and blue which essential in plant growth balance.
3. The T5 and T8 LED
The LED T5 and T8 are the latest in LED grow technology that support healthy plant growth. They have high out-put bulbs which provide bright full spectrum light sufficient for plants growing indoors.
The lights are efficient in all ways, they can be tilted or adjusted to any height where they will reach the plant and help it grow straight, healthy with strong stems and pretty dark leaves.
Advantages of the T5 and T8 LED bulbs
The lights are brighter compared to other bulbs and tubes. In fact, they are 72% brighter than the fluorescent tubes. This is exactly what indoor plants need and it is amazing how they thrive under this light.
The bulbs are designed in a way that the fixture allows light to reach the plant down wards. You definitely know that this supports photosynthesis and upright plant growth as they tend to tilt to the direction of light.
The T-5 comes with a stand that stands high above the plants as the bulb illuminates light over them. It is best for growing orchids, house flowers, seedlings and even cuttings. It is also less expensive. You can get one at only $65.
Technological advances of LED grow lights
Ballasts : Ballasts are among the latest inventions of the indoor grow lights. They are digital, pocket friendly and are also available in different watts depending on the users preference.
The reflectors : These are a kind that can increase the efficiency of plant lightning by up to 70%. Reflector are affordable and long lasting.
The Hortilux and (DE) Double Ended: This is a superior kind with High Pressure Sodium(HPS) and is available to up to 1,000 watts. The price is quite fair, it approximately $60. They are built with High Pressure Sodium technology to deliver maximum PAR value for best results. You need to try it.
Important Features to check when buying a grow lights
1. The right colors
Plants require full spectrum of light for their growth and photosynthesis. Sunlight provides a full spectrum of colors so you should also consider this for your indoor plant growth. Choose full spectrum of light to enable your plants get the all the required set of colors.
If you can’t afford this, make sure your plants get red and blue since they are the most important. You have to know the right color to choose that will boost your plant growth.
2. The right intensity
Bulbs are available in different watts. The wattage determines the intensity of the light the plant will receive. Choose a bulb with the desired watts for your plant considering that different plants need different light intensity and color. Desert plants require much light whereas plants that grow in shades and tropical jungles require less light.
3. Right duration
Well, even plants need a rest. In normal situation, they are usually active during the day and they resperate when it is dark. So make sure you give your plants some rest too. you can do this by switching your lights off after the specified duration or better still, you can get a digital automatic growing light.
This balance of time aids the biological processes, determines the growth rate and leaf and fruit development. Plants like Azaleas, kalanchoe, chrysanthemums and begonias are short -day plants which require less than 12 hours of light per day whereas long-day plants require at least 14-18 hours of light each day.
Well, with indoor grow lights, you can actually have your garden in your house and grow fruits, flowers and vegetables. The lights are affordable and will actually help you minimize space and other risks of growing plants in the open field. There are so many brands to choose from that will best suit your need. Lets go green with indoor farming.