There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the correct grow lights. There are many different types of grow lights from which to choose, and all of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it is important to choose the proper light for the proper type of growing or growing situation. The lighting requirements for seed germination are different than those of growing houseplants.
Some plants require a lot of light, while other plants are more adaptable and can survive with very little light. To choose the proper lights, it is essential to know the type and amount of light that different plants and growing conditions need. The cost of different types of lights will also vary, as will the cost of the electricity for using them. Something that costs more may not necessarily be better.
I have been growing plants indoors for almost 30 years. I’ve done everything from starting seeds to propagation and even growing exotic tropical plants. I have never used anything but fluorescent lights. I opt for fluorescent lights for a variety of reasons. They are inexpensive to purchase and they are cooler burning. They are also the most cost effective type of lighting to use.
When it comes to starting seeds, the cool light from the blue spectrum is best. This is the light that helps plants develop healthy dark foliage, and that makes them grow fat and bushy. Seeds can easily be started by using cool fluorescent lights in a shop light fixture.
Shop light fixtures come with chains that make it possible to move the position of the light. For starting seeds, it is vital that the lights be as close to the top of the seed starting container as possible. High output lights have a higher lumen number and generate brighter light that covers a wider spectrum.
Warm fluorescent lights have more light from the red spectrum. This is the spectrum that helps plants grow taller. It helps them mature and encourages fruit and vegetable production in food crops and flower production in flowering plants. Although high output warm lights do provide a great deal of benefit, they should not be used alone unless there is an adequate sunlight to supplement the warm light.
Cool lights are useful when there is little or no available sunlight, because they provide that spectrum. For plants such as African violets or orchid cacti that don’t require a tremendous amount of light, cool lights on their own are perfectly adequate.
When growing most other plants, regardless