Why is light important?
Photosynthesis is the process where that plants convert water, light and oxygen to energy to grow new shoots and leaves we so eagerly want.
If you have a lack of any – a plant cannot thrive.
All the colours that are visible to the eye fall in the light spectrum. Generally speaking, it ranges from red to blue. It is important to understand that plants use each end of the light spectrum for differing functions. Towards the blue end tends to promote vegetation and growth where as the red end promotes flowering. Have you seen those grow lights with blue and red lights? This is exactly why they are red and blue – it is an attempt to produce the full spectrum of light for plants to ensure they don’t get more than one or the other.
What’s available – Artificially speaking
Most grow lights produce the whole range of the light spectrum. Blue to red (this is why most of them are purple).
For house plants there are two recommended types:
These have been the most popular for growers as these were pretty much the only that were available at a reasonable price. Don’t let the initial price fool you though as the day to day running cost of these can get reasonably high especially if you are only using them for house plants.
LED Grow Lights – the new kids in town
These are becoming extremely popular especially with the indoor house plant community.
There’s a good reason why:
- They emit virtually no heat
- They require a fraction of the electricity
- They are often smaller while producing the same light intensity
These may be pricier however that is quickly absorbed by the lower cost to operate and the notably longer life span.
It is also important to understand that the indoor grow lighting industry has expanded. What was an industry focused largely on marijuana growers and commercial greenhouses has now branched out to a whole new world from people who want to keep their rare indoor plants alive to others that want to grow micro greens on the countertop.
What about my LED light I have in my ceiling currently?
The LED light you might have in the ceiling or lying around in your cupboard does not produce the same spectrum of light that is needed for plants. These were developed for the main purpose of lighting up a house. The goal of these is to do so better than their predecessors (the traditional light bulb) with increased energy efficiency. They were designed to light OUR way rather than to produce any significant usable light for our plants. They do not offer a wide enough spectral range to be beneficial to a plants growth.
Why are most of our lights white in colour if we need a balance between red and blue?
Our lights are especially designed to have a white light to our (human) eyes. We find these more aesthetically pleasing and they offer the ability to fully appreciate the actual colours of your plants.They include patent technology and provide the full light spectrum making sure that your plants receive the adequate light resources they need to thrive.
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