Grow Light Rules

Grow lights are a vital part to the success of your indoor gardening. What many indoor gardeners fail to realize is that there are rules that must be followed to ensure a successful harvest.

The most important thing to know about grow lights are which ones to use based on your plant. Our experienced staff understands grow lights and the effects certain ones will have on your garden. Come in or call today to discuss you lighting situation with us. 

Below are some helpful rules when it comes to using grow lights. Always be sure to read the instructions that come with your grow lights.

Rules of Lighting

» Choose The Right Light - When choosing a light source, the requirements of the plant you are growing is important. Most vegetables, herbs and flowering plants require high levels of light, while some tropical plants, including orchids and African violets, will thrive at lower light levels.Fluorescent bulbs are available in cool 6500 Kelvin, best for vegetative plant growth, and 3000 Kelvin, for blooming growth. They can also be combined in a single fixture for full spectrum lighting. Wherever you use fluorescent grow lights, standard bulbs won't get the job done. High Output fluorescent bulbs, either straight line or compact fluorescent, are designed specifically for the needs of indoor gardeners.

» Have Enough Light - The biggest mistake people make when purchasing grow lights is not getting enough light. It is always possible to reduce the level of light by moving the light farther away, but its not possible to add light by moving the lamp closer, since the coverage area decreases.

» Maintain the Proper Distance - Fluorescent lights need to be 1 to 4 inches from the plants. High intensity discharge lights should be 1 to 3 feet from the plant. And make sure you change your bulbs on a regular basis. Fluorescent and HID bulbs will last about 15,000 hours, but they lose 25%-35% of their intensity after 4-6,000 hours. Your eyes won't be able to see this loss of light because they adjust, but your plants can feel it.

Bring the Sun Indoors

Lighting is as important , if not more so, than nutrients. Know what bulbs to use is important/ One light for flowering, one for vegitation. Knowing the your bulb can make the differece between success and failure with your harvest.

 

Control Your Garden

Outdoor gardeners have to depend on Mother Nature to supply the environmental factors that influence the success of their gardens. About the only things the outdoor gardener can control are watering and fertilizing, plus weed and pest control. For everything else, outdoor gardeners are at the mercy of nature.

Indoor gardeners and gardeners using hydroponics, have no such limitations. Not only can they control the seasonal conditions their plants react to, today's indoor gardeners have the capability to monitor and control virtually every aspect of the environment they provide. We offer many products that can help you fine-tune the environment in your growing area and promote vigorous and productive plants, almost to order.