plants indoors can be quiet a challenge, especially if those plants
needs a certain amount of sunlight. Grow
lights are specially made lights designed to take the place of sunlight,
allowing plants to flourish and grow healthy in an interior environment.
There are a variety of different grow
lights, each one made for different types of plants. For example,
spot lights usually direct the light in one specific area, and are
mainly used for things such as individual tropical
plants or even smaller sized herb gardens. Another type of grow
light is the ever-popular fluorescent
light. These lights are much brighter than the traditional bulb,
and are excellent for new seedlings, leafy veggies, and other plants
that are not very high (usually ones that grow less than twelve inches
tall). For those really serious indoor gardeners, there are high intensity
lights that produce a replicated light very close to that of the sun.
This is usually used for larger gardens such as greenhouses.
Grow lights are also very commonly used in hydroponics. Hydroponics is
the process of growing plants completely underwater without the use of soil.
Although soil is
not needed, light most certainly is. That is why you’ll see grow
lights most typically sold in places where they promote hydroponics.
The benefits of using grow lights are extensive. First, the amount, distance,
and length of time that light is exposed to your plants can be totally
controlled. Second, they come in handy during the winter months when
flowers or other sensitive
plants can be brought inside. Additionally, they make wonderful tools
to use during the first stages of growing, when things must be just right.
Many times we can’t control the weather or
how much sunlight our
plants get, but with grow lights we can have more control over how much
and how often our plants are exposed to much-needed light.