Today, individuals preparing to start an indoor garden and those who wish to improve their plants have a variety of options when it comes to lighting. Grow lights are essential to plant growth, and a number of types of lights are available. While the grow light market is increasing, there are three standards many turn to for plant lighting.
At one time, fluorescent grow lights were the go-to lighting source for indoor gardeners. Fluorescent grow lights were preferred because the buyer could purchase full-spectrum bulbs or individual spectrum bulbs depending on the plant type and lighting requirements, also these grow lights were cool running and could be placed inside grow tents without the major risk of fire. However, it was soon realized that the lights did not last long, and growers had to buy more individual spectrum lights as their indoor gardens grew.
Incandescent lighting is adequate for plants that require little light or shade to grow, but plants that require other, more specific types of light will falter. Incandescent bulbs are perhaps the most inexpensive type of bulb on the market, but also have the shortest lifespan and will need to be replaced much more frequently than any other type of grow light.
The best and most efficient type of lighting on the market today are LED plant grow lights. These lights will not affect the growth of plants since they do not give off any heat, and this characteristic also makes LED grow lights cost-efficient. The bulbs cannot provide a full light spectrum, but can target certain wavelengths. Research has also shown that LED lights have the capability to decrease growth time in plants as well as increase their production. LEDs are also environmentally friendly, and when needed can be disposed of like regular daily garbage.
With many choices available, indoor gardeners can pick and choose types of lighting for the best results from their plants. Research is all that is needed to make the most of any indoor garden.