Green Lighting: Options for Growing Your Plants Indoors

led grow lightsOne of the challenges of growing plants indoors is making sure they receive enough lighting and nutrients. In the past, growers used conventional high intensity lamps for indoor gardens. While HID lights are efficient grow lights, they are bulky and require too much energy. For easy-to-use, energy-efficient lights, some gardeners prefer to buy and use grow lights.

Here are some tips on buying and choosing LED grow lights:

Light Colors

When purchasing grow lights, remember that colors matter. As plants get energy from the light source, it’s important to choose LED lights with the right wavelength and colors for photosynthesis. Lights may look the same but they are not always equal. Some colors and wavelengths promote photosynthesis, while other inhibits it.

The color of light that you need depends on the type of plant you plan to grow. For instance, some plants have a high photosynthesis rate under red and orange lights but a low rate under green light. Blue lights promote bushy growth while red lights create beautiful blooms.

Benefits of LED Grow Lights

Unlike other types of grow lights, LED lights are more convenient to use, as they don’t need a portable power source. Compared to HID lamps, you use less energy for LED lights. This type of grow light produces the right amount of energy that plants need to grow, unlike high intensity lights, which emit more energy than what plants actually need. LED grow lights are also cost-effective, as they last longer than their other counterparts.

Heat is an important factor when growing plants indoors. As plants respond to heat differently, you may hurt your plant when you use grow lights that emit extra heat. LED lights, on the other hand, do not use filaments, helping you avoid any problems caused by excess heat.

Benefits for Commercial Growers

Commercial growers also use grow lights for their crops. According to some growers, plants produce better flowers, become leafier, and grow taller with supplemental lighting from grow lights.

With grow lights, having your own indoor garden becomes easy. Choose the plants you want to have in your garden and determine the right light color for them.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.