Indoor gardening can be an efficient way of cultivating plants that would otherwise not be able to be grown outdoors. It is an ideal way to grow certain plants in a controlled ecosystem. Moreover, indoor gardening saves space and is easy on the environment. However, one of the biggest challenges for growing plants indoor is to provide the right amount of light and temperature. Since plants are not growing in a natural environment, excess variation in these two factors can have a very damaging effect.
Indoor grow lights are designed specifically for photosynthesizing plants indoors. They provide the optimal temperature and light that are required for any plant to grow. Most grow lights provide the correct frequency of different bands of lights based on the various stages of the plant growth. That is, they provide a spectrum based on the photosynthetic active regions of the plant.
Types of Grow Lights:
There are many different grow lights available on the market from lower end models to very high quality performance lights. Some lights are designed to last only a couple grows before needing to replace the bulbs and other types of grow lights do not need any bulb replacement. Here are some of the common types of grow lights:
- Incandescent: these are cheapest and the most short lived grow lights. They are made of the tungsten filament and are equivalent to the bulbs in your house. Their life span is around 750-1000 hours. They are not very efficient: they can be used to grow some houseplants but are unsuitable for growing vegetables and fruits.
- HID: these are one of the most common grow lights used by indoor gardeners. They have a longer lifespan than incandescent lights- around 3,000 hours but are not designed to last through more than a few grows. There are many types of HID lamps and all require ballast to run. While they are good for growing some vegetables and flowers, they are not very efficient. Their biggest problem is that they produce a large amount of heat.
- Light emitting plasma: these lights provide a full spectrum light. Unlike the HID lights, they don’t have electrodes and also provide a longer life span that is around 20, 000 hours. They can be used to grow a large range of plants. However, they use up quite a lot of energy and can be expensive to operate over a long period of time.
- Fluorescent lights: They are quite similar to light emitting plasma lights in terms of life span. Their fluorescent bulbs have a large range of color temps. Just like the HIDs they too require ballast to run and are not powerful enough to properly flower plants which bud or fruit.
- LED lights: these are currently the most efficient and energy saving grow lights. They have a very long life and can keep on running for 50,000 hours and more. They provide many wavelengths of lights and can be used to grow a large range of plants. They do not require heat management as very little energy is wasted as excess heat.
G8 LED Lights:
G8 LED grow lights are one of the best LED grow lights in the market. The color ratio of these lights includes both ultraviolet and infrared along with an efficient blend of visible light wavelengths, setting them apart from other LED lights available in the market.
Using G8 LED lights to save electricity:
One of the best attributes of the G8 LED lights is that they are extremely power efficient. This means that they use minimal energy and electricity to provide optimal temperature and light for plant photosynthesis. One of the biggest concerns with indoor gardening is that many environmentalists believe that it uses up tremendous amount of electricity and energy. G8 LED lights in that regard are very efficient. Many indoor gardeners grow with this technology and find it to be a smart investment. Considering the high cost of energy, it is wise to use the greenest and most eco-friendly grow lights available.