Grow Lights vs Regular Lights: The Best Lighting For Your Needs
- Supports photosynthesis
- Specific to light spectrum wavelengths
- Use low energy draws
- Choices that are cooler to the touch
- Can be damaging to the eye
- May not support all stages of growth
- More expensive
- Energy efficient
- Long lasting
- Easy to find
- Narrow spectral wavelengths
- Usually does not support photosynthesis
- Emit high amounts of heat
Grow lights create an artificial light source that is specific to a light spectrum to help support the chemical process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the chemical process in which light energy is converted within a plant to energy a plant can use to grow and produce. Grow lights are found in situations that require certain ranges of heat and light wavelengths to support vegetation both indoors, and out. They also are generally found within a specific set up or light panel that helps concentrate their light output, although certain types can be bought as individual bulbs.
Grow lights are easy to use and can plug into an electrical outlet. Often you have choices surrounding their specific uses in relation to plant health, and also may need to be changed out depending on what you need them for. They also are often strong in nature and may emit light that is harmful to your eyes, so care must be taken when using them.
Grow lights are used specifically by any person, hobbyist or commercial grower, who needs to provide parts of the spectrum specifically emitted by the sun that encourages and support vegetation. Producing plants, whether flowers, herbs, or produce, are often the most in need of a grow light in order to get well established, and to provide the crop they will eventually be harvested for.
Grow lights are also very helpful to get seedlings started prior to planting, and are also popular in greenhouses and commercial grow set-ups in order to ensure healthy looking plants prior to planting or display.
High Intensity Discharge (HID)
Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
Regular lights include a wide range of choices but are created as an artificial light source in order to bring light into dark spaces. These are the bulbs chosen to create lighting to work and read by, or to brighten a room as dusk begins to fall. These are also the light choices that are found on your front porch, within garages, or even within your vehicles.
Most regular lights are sold as various bulbs that you can place within their respective housing. Depending on their use, they are fairly universal, meaning you can choose from shapes, styles, and occasionally colors to place in whatever bulb socket is available. More specialized lights, such as those used in cars, need to be chosen for their size and compatibility with the unit they are used with. Many regular lights can put out quite a bit of heat, so care must be used in their placement to avoid overheating what they are near, as well as to keep from burning your skin.
Regular lights are used by almost everyone on a daily basis. As mentioned, they are found in almost every aspect of our daily lives simply to see and work by. They brighten rooms, provide light for guidance, help us see things more clearly, and keep us safe at night.
They also can be used for decorative purposes, and are even a part of our entertainment as thousands of lights help define what we see on our television, computer screens, tablets, phones, and video games. Some lights are specialized to provide certain spectrum that our bodies need to function better during the winter months, or to see things that are invisible to our own eyes.
Over the years there has been an increased awareness of the efficiency and safety, of many commonly used regular lights used for everyday purposes. Because of this, there are many more types of bulbs found within households due to the phasing out of certain types of bulbs, and the introduction of newer light technology. Some of the most common found today are:
Obviously, these are two very different lights used for very different purposes. Grow lights are very specifically constructed to aide in various stages of plant growth. Regular lights are made for everyday use, and although many are used for specific purposes, they all are based on human needs and consumption. And, although a regular light may emit the spectral wavelengths needed by plants for their overall health, it is not concentrated enough to provide what is needed for proper vegetative care.
If your indoor plants look like they need a helping hand, or you are interested in indoor plant growth and production, then a grow light is what you need! Otherwise, simply stick to your regular lights for indoor lighting.
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