In today’s suburban world, so many folks live in residences which lack abundant natural light. If you would love to have some of the natural world inside your home, the lack of sufficient sun exposure can be a big problem. One way to address this problem is to use artificial plant lights. In many cases, the best way to do this is to use an LED grow light for indoor plants.
Sure, there are some other ways to provide light to indoor plants. The most common ways to do this are fluorescent or incandescent lighting systems.
The problem with incandescent lights, when compared to LED grow light systems, is that the bulbs become very hot to touch. This can be a problem for the gardener because they can burn themselves. This can also be a problem for young plants which are prone to dry up and die when exposed to the heat from incandescent light bulbs. When using incandescent lights in a confined area, the heat issues becomes a big factor and additional ventilation must be added just to maintain temperatures low enough for the plants to survive. And, with the addition of ventilation, what started out as an inexpensive system becomes much expensive.
Fluorescent plant lights generate little heat and can be a better choice. Fluorescent plant lights must have ballast units to operate and these can be bulky in size, making them hard to incorporate into the indoor garden. This type of plant lights do not require added ventilation when used in a small garden and they are more affordable then incandescent systems. On the other hand, fluorescent plant lighting is not directional, meaning that efficient reflectors must be used to direction the light properly. This, along with the installation of more wiring for the ballasts makes these grow lights for indoor plants a much more complex system to install.
LED grow lights for indoor plants have none of these problems. The LED plant light is slightly warm when touched but not nearly hot enough to cause damage to tender plants or to hands which might get close to them. LED grow lights do not require any added ventilation. And there are other benefits. An 80 watt LED plant light offers the same amount of light that a 400 watt hi gh pressure sodium (HPS) light would offer. Plus, the light from an LED grow light is direction and there is not need for adding cumbersome, heavy mental reflectors.
LED grow lights are slightly more expensive to install at first, but they are a far superior way to provide indoor plant lighting.