Here s look at 13 of the best grow lights for indoor plants. LED grow lamps are generally more energy efficient than regular halogen bulbs and therefore tend to consume less electricity, making them ideal for small gardens. Some also come with special timers and intelligent controls, enabling you to easily automate your lighting schedule throughout the day. If you do not like buying light bulbs then you might want to try an LED, as they can give off little or no heat and last up to 50 times longer than regular ones. They can also be used underwater, which is another great advantage!
Most plants require light for successful growth; this is usually called sunlight. The amount of light required will vary, depending on the plant, its type and even your own lifestyle. The most common types of bulbs are Metal Halide or HID, which provide a yellow-green beam of light. Most plants will do well in this type of light. HPS or High Pressure Sodium also produces a bright white beam. Most plants love this type.
Compact fluorescent tubes are usually a pure white. These are also energy efficient bulbs, but you must use a very bright bulb in order to get a good quality result. They produce minimal lumens and the quality of the images produced can vary. Fluorescent lamps may not be suited for plants that are sensitive to high lumen. The average lamp used for indoor gardening should produce about one watt per square foot.
One of the best ways to heat a bulb is by using a bulb with a glass or metal housing. Metal or glass trays are available that fit inside a fluorescent lamp tube, either inside a clear or opaque housing. These trays can be adjustable to allow you to set the lamp up for the time of year best suitable for your plants. To control how much heat is generated, you can buy a separate thermostat that can be mounted on the ceiling or wall.
Grow lamps with built in thermometers are also available. This type of lamp can provide accurate temperatures of up to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. For growing herbs indoors it is important to keep the trays at a consistent temperature. The best way to achieve this is to place the herbs in a thick plastic bag inside a dark room. Your houseplants should be kept in a separate room, preferably outdoors. This will ensure that the temperature remains consistent.
Indoor growing plants need to have access to good lighting. The best way to accomplish this is to use a fluorescent tubes. These trays can be placed inside a clear or opaque housing and are easily adjustable to allow you to set the intensity of the light for best results.
Most plants prefer full spectrum light. For these plants you should choose metal halide bulbs in the full spectrum range. Metal halide bulbs produce a white light that is not harsh on sensitive plants. Metal halide bulbs are available in both compact fluorescent tubes and individually wrapped trays.
Full spectrum lighting has many advantages over other forms of lighting. In particular, it can greatly increase the productivity of your plants. However, due to their high cost, they are typically only used in large commercial greenhouses. A popular alternative is to use compact fluorescent tubes or metal halide bulbs that are capable of producing a high quality spectrum. The majority of gardeners are now turning to high pressure sodium vapor lamps as they are capable of producing a very pure light without excess blue light which is detrimental to sensitive plants.