A grow light is a source of artificial light for plants to stimulate growth by assisting in photosynthesis. Additionally, grow lights can provide a spectrum of light, similar to what the sun can provide. Used mainly with indoor gardens, these lights mimic outdoor conditions like color, temperature, and intensity.
In this article, let’s discuss how to use a grow light as well as the best products on the market.
How to use a grow light
There are six basic steps to consider when using a grow light to grow your indoor garden. Let’s cover them to make sure you are on the right track.
1. Pot your plants
First, you need to make sure the seed or plant is housed in the appropriate pot.
2. Choose a bulb
Secondly, you need to choose the correct bulb. This requires some research to ensure that you are using the right kind of bulb to grow the plant. Not all bulbs work with every plant, so this is important. Choose a higher intensity bulb for plants like ferns and bushes and low-intensity bulbs for delicate flowers. Consider the color of the bulb. Again, you should research the plant you are growing and whether you should use red or blue lights or white lights.
3. Set up the grow light
Clean and prepare the area you want to grow your plants in and set up the bulbs in your grow light fixture. We will go into detail further below about what kinds of grow lights to use.
4. Position the grow light
Typically, you should place your plants about 4 feet away from the grow light. Some plants require a closer growing distance, so be sure to do some of your own research specific to your plant. Some plants are damaged by a lack of distance from a high heat bulb.
5. Provide care
Check-in on your plants once in a while to ensure they are thriving. Make sure that you don’t overwater them and always use a pot with holes.
Think about it. As your plants grow, so will your need to readjust the placement of your grow light. Always accommodate your growing plant.
Best grow lights to use
There are plenty of products on the market that promise high yields and tremendous results with growing plants. But, which ones actually work, and what brands are the most reliable? At The Grow Store, we carry top brands and the most efficient products that will not cost you a fortune. We carry the following brands:
Now that you have figured out how to use a grow light and which brands are best to let’s discuss what type to use.
Light-emitting diode (LED) grow light
Not only are LED lights affordable, but they are the most energy-efficient. These types of grow lights have become the most popular choice for indoor gardens because of the cost and results. LED systems can be purchased online and shipped for very cheap, or can be picked up at local Indoor Garden Centers like ours.
Double-ended (DE) grow light
Double-ended (DE) grow lights are great at conserving your electricity bill because of the energy being split between two bulbs. The lamps run at high frequencies and are more efficient when it comes to light coverage, meaning that the plant uses most of the light.
High-intensity discharge (HID)
These grow lights are highly efficient and have tungsten electrodes. It has a part called a ballast and a reflective cover (reflector), which maximizes the amount of light the plants receive. The lights can also be dimmed if you need to adjust the amount of light the plant gets.
Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH) /Light Emitting Ceramics (LEC)
These grow lights can produce light similar to natural sunlight. They also output low heat, so the burning risk is minimal.
Now that you know how to use a grow light and which one to use, we hope that you can put this information into practice. Still unsure about your indoor grow setup and have questions on which lighting systems are best for you? Contact our team today to get the answers you need!