Hydroponic Grow Lights

by Mary Ann

Are you regarding of starting a hydroponic garden? If so, you are on the verge of embarking on a gardening run a risk. The sheer amount of benefits that comes with hydroponics gardening makes the effort more than worth it. However, many new gardeners find themselves inquiring about the issue of hydroponic grow lights. Here are a few tips on which types of light to try and why they can benefit you.

There are two types of effective hydroponic grow lights available: fluorescent and high density discharge lamps. All of these lamps have their advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on what you’re growing, the size of the plants, and your budget.

When most people think about buying hydroponic grow lights, they only think of how much the initial price will be, plus the installation. However, there are many gardeners who think they received a good ideal on a set of grow lights, only to discover that the utility bills are astronomical. This is why it’s important to research your hydroponic grow lights thoroughly to ensure they meet your budget.
Fluorescent grow lights are especially ideal for smaller plants or seedlings, as they beam continuous, bright, beams of light without creating too much heat. Best of all, most plants respond well to fluorescent lights as well, resulting in a higher growth rate. When it comes to choosing fluorescent lights, go with the usual ones found in stores and avoid the types sold as specialty growing lights, as these may not be as good a quality as normal fluorescent lights. However, if you’re growing taller plants, keep in mind that you’ll need to adapt the height of the lamp as they grow.

High density discharge grow lights are efficient in that they produce efficient light while being easy to install and move if necessary. They an also be fairly pricy, though many garnders believe they’re more than worth it. However, since these types of hydroponic grow lights emit high amounts of heat, you will want to take extra measures to keep the room cooler.

Also keep in mind that the combination of hydroponic grow lights and standing water creates a lot of humidity. This can be very harmful for your plants, as it can make them wilt or rot. Additionally, humidity causes the growth of harmful bacteria. You can prevent this, however, by making sure that the air in your hydroponic greenhouse is constantly circulating. A dehumidifier wouldn’t hurt either. Learn more today about how grow lights can benefit you!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Jacob Locke permalink

    Just wondering what your opinion is on growing your orchid ‘hard’. I have spent a couple of years experimenting with this type of lighting technique on a Phal of mine, however I have not seen a huge difference in blooming results. Have you experimented at all with this technique and if so what are your results?

  2. Mary Ann permalink*

    Honestly, no. I haven’t tried this technique, so I don’t have any results to share. I apologize. Has anyone else tried this?

  3. John permalink

    Hi which lights do you think is best for herbs, fluorescent and high density?

  4. Mary Ann permalink

    That seems to be the consensus. Herbs are not my area of expertise, but here’s an article that will hopefully be helpful. Herb garden lighting

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