As we all know gardening is something which is highly depended on weather condition such as light, water and air which are perquisite for a plant’s growth, but bad weather and limited space often act as a barrier in our gardening desires. But what if you can have your kitchen garden fully inside your does this thought intrigues you? Then in this blog we are going to discuss different grow lights which can acts as source of energy in your new-gen indoor vegetable kitchen garden.
These lights are specifically designed to help plant grow, by emitting a Light spectrum or intensity similar to that of sun or designed in a way to suit the needs of plants growing indoor. Grow lights produce a balance of warm and cool lights similar to natural solar spectrum.
Benefits of using grow lights
- Quicker life cycle – Grow lights ensures continuous emission of energy so plants can fulfill their energy needs 24/7 hence enhancing their growth and development dramatically.
- Healthier plants – In indoor farming, heat and harmful wavelengths of lights are limited as a result plants grown are healthy. Also as the weather is controlled there is no chance of pest and insect infestation.
Types of grow lights
In general, there are three different types of grow lights-
- LED grow lights- Light emitting diode grow lights offer low heat and energy usage color optimized growth for plant. They are one of the most efficient and customers friendly grow lights. Remember choosing the right color spectrum is most important in LED lights. Veggies such as lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes are commonly grown under LED grow light which requires average 16 hours of light per day along 7 hours of darkness.
- HID grow lights- High Intensity Discharge grow lights are used effectively and widely as they are extremely bright and powerful. They are economical, reliable and helpful in generating higher yield from the plants as they penetrate much deeply than its counterparts. HID grow lights are available mainly as metal halides and high pressure sodium, former being more effective in vegetative growth while the later enhances the flowering growth of plants. 14-18 hours of light per day is recommended along with 6 hours of darkness essential for plant growth.
- Fluorescent grow lights- Another very popular option for grow lights they were extensively used back in the time but discontinued as they were bulky and delicate but the new T5, T8 bulbs of fluorescent system are more compact, energy efficient and durable than their old ones. It can be used for plants which have low to medium light requirement like carrots and peas.