How to Use Grow Lights for Indoor Plants

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One of the biggest misconceptions many people have regarding indoor plants is they do not need sunlight. The truth is far from it. Like any other plant, indoor plants need to get enough sun to be healthy and strong. While there is the option of you taking your plants out to get some sun, that can get annoying after a while.

If you live in a place with no sun, then it also means your plants will get no light. In the end, they will die or start growing in the direction of light. The one thing you can do to resolve this is get grow lights. Here is everything you need to know about grow lights and how to use them.

Plant Growth Light

What is a grow light?

A grow light is a type of light specifically made to help plants grow faster and better while indoors. It comes in different intensities, and they all have different features. With a grow light, your plants can keep growing healthier. You are somewhere that gets no sunlight, or you simply don’t have the time to take all your indoor plants outside to get some sun.

How to Choose the Best Grow Light for Your Plants

There are so many different grow lights in the market, and if you are not keen, you might miss out on the one that will work for your plants. To help you decide on the right grow light, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • Intensity

  • Spectrum

  • Proximity      to plants

  • Natural      sun your plants are getting

Once you have all that figured out, the next step would be to finally get yourself a grow light. That way, you are sure your plants are doing just fine.

How to Set up Your Grow Light

Once you have the right light, all that is left is to set it up. If you do not set it upright, you will have some plants not growing or bending to get to the light. You will have to keep it in mind when setting up the lights to ensure you put them in the right place. Here are a couple of them.

The Intensity of the Light

If you have very intense tabletop grow lights, you can afford to set them higher up. Intense lights can be good for your plants, but they can also cause your plant leaves to wilt or burn when used badly. You can get more plants underneath and prevent over-exposure to the light by setting them high enough. Small plant growing lights can also light up bigger spaces, so ensure you take note of that.

The Size of the Lamp

Another thing you need to keep in mind when setting up the light is how big it is. If you have a small indoor grow light, you might need a couple of them to get enough light for your plant. Bigger lights light up more surfaces, so you do not have to worry about some plants missing out on the growth light. Ensure you figure out how much surface the light gets to before buying it. That way, you can plan better for it.

The Time You Plan on Using the Grow Lights

The other thing you need to do is figure out how long you plan on having your plants under the light. While they might stay outdoors in direct sunlight for about 12 hours. It is different when it comes to a countertop indoor grow light. The grow lights have a different intensity, so you will need a different amount of time on the lights you use.

If you want it to stay longer, ensure the lights are not too low hanging. That way, your plants will not get burnt leaves. It will also go a long way to saving on electricity. While some grow lights are energy-saving, they will still affect your bill. It, therefore, helps if you can regulate the time you have the lights on.

Take Away

Your indoor plants will thrive with some water and the right kind of grow light. The pointers above show just how simple it is for you to use grow lights in your home. Take your time and figure out which lights will work for you and your indoor plants.