Lighting - 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. 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.
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.
Rules and Guidelines
~ Choose The Right Light: When choosing a light source, the
requirements of the plant you are growing is important. Most flowering plants require high levels of light, while some tropical plants,
including orchids and African violets, will thrive at lower light levels.
~ 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
~ 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. A good rule of thumb is if you place your hand on top of your plant and the light is too hot for your hand, your light is too close to your 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.