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 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 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)
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.
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.
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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