There are many advantages to indoor growing, but one consideration to take into account is the cost of the bulbs and electricity
Indoor plant lighting gives plants most of the energy they need to grow, thrive, even to stay alive. The proper type of indoor plant light is more than just a matter of giving a plant the brightness it needs. There are three lighting factors that control growth of a plant. There are a number of different approaches used for growing plants under lights. To make an informed decision as to what type of lighting should be employed, the fundamentals of light, colour and lighting systems should be understood. In this article we will examine the how light is qualitatively appraised with respect to color and intensity.
Having adequate sunlight may be the equivalent of plentiful food and good exercise. Poor sunlight is sort of a diet of bread and water
while being jailed. If you wish to keep your plants green and healthy make certain they have the right light. If you wish to maintain plants indoors this means you face very specific challenges which are best addressed by auxiliary lighting.
Basic Care & Lighting
Let’s return to the basic biology. Plant and animal cells have mitochondria which produce energy when needed by breaking down complex carbohydrates. Plant cells uniquely contain chloroplasts designed to use the materials in water and co2 to produce those carbohydrates. To make this chemical change, however, the plants require light.
Types of Light for Indoor Plants
There are many benefits of indoor growing, but one consideration to take into consideration is the cost of the bulbs and electricity. You will find often different types of grow bulbs employed for different stages of the plants life so they can improve its growth pattern. Light for indoor plants may also be high wattage and high intensity in a few stages and be on for approximately 18 hours at a time. The fixtures, electrical upgrades, and number of units necessary can definitely start to drive costs up. Some new technology like LED lighting is beginning to break into the industry, but hasn’t yet taken a real foothold yet.
Incandescent lights are good for lighting up a room or growing low-light houseplants, such as vines, ferns or dracaenas. They have limited utility for growing plants with higher light requirements. These lights put out only about 10 percent of their energy as light while 90 percent is heat. So, unless you want to cook your plants, they aren’t ideal for light-loving plants like many tropicals, cacti or succulents.
Compact Fluorescent Lights
Compact fluorescents are great for lighting indoor houseplants without having to use a full T5 system and for a fraction of the cost of incandescent lights. Wattage
varies, so be sure to ask a specialist what will work best for you and your lighting needs. Carnivorous plants and phalaenopsis orchids do well under compact
Professional Grow Light
These Professional Grow Lights have been designed to enable you to install professional lighting systems in your greenhouse to provide the exact lighting requirements
for your plants at the relevent growth stages. With a choice of having the unit fitted with a Metal Halide lamp for promoting green growth and shorter internode spacing
or a High Pressure Sodium lamp for encouraging flowering growth in later stages.