Indoor Grow Lights

Written by Dina Kayed
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Grow lights are generally safe to use at home, because after they have been manufactured, they are tested for safety. Make sure you have all the grow light system components before you try setting your system up. You will need a ballast, a light bulb and a reflector. Also make sure the size of the ballast fits the wattage of your lamp.

Indoor Grow Lights

Whether you'd like to grow flowers, green plants or even some vegetables indoors, it is important to choose a grow light system that is perfect for your plants to make sure they grow healthily. There are many kinds of grow lights you can use at home such as fluorescent lighting, metal halide lamps and high pressure sodium lights. Each type works best for a different purpose.

Fluorescents are good for seedlings. Metal halide lamps are best for vegetables because they contain the blue and red spectrum, which is just what high speed growing plants like vegetables need. High pressure sodium lamps are best for flowering and fruiting. They contain the yellow and orange spectrum, which is really close to natural sunlight and is just what flowers crave.

Grow lights should be replaced before they burn out, depending on their type. Some grow lights last a year, others last a few years. Plants need 12 to 16 hours of light every day. Make sure your plants get enough light, but don't place plants that have different capacities for light or different tolerances to heat next to each other, because it will make it difficult to pick the right grow light.


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