How To Choose Indoor Lighting For Growing Plants
Published July 5th, 2012 in Indoor Lighting
If you live in an apartment, you may like to grow plants indoors to give you some semblance of a yard or, if you are an avid cook, you may like to have easy access to fresh herbs in your kitchen. Whatever the reason, it is sometimes necessary to invest in indoor lighting that makes the growth of healthy plants possible; use these tips to ensure that you are making the right choices:
- Plants need the full spectrum of light in order to perform photosynthesis (the process they use to create their food). Red light helps plants to mature, flower and produce fruit or seed; blue light helps plants to grow lush foliage.
- Indoor fixtures that contains halogen globes is suitable for showcasing and growing vegetation, but they need to be positioned far enough away from the plants that they do not burn them.
- Indoor lighting that contains fluorescent globes is useful for growing plants, as they provide the most daylight-like and cool illumination of all globe types.
- Place reflective surfaces (such as mirrors, aluminium panels or plain white paper) over and under the plants to improve the distribution of the lighting.
- Use incandescent lighting for plants that don’t need a whole lot of light in order to flourish (this option may also be suitable for pots that are placed next to windows).
If you have long desired to grow plants inside your home, it is important that you also supply them with the adequate indoor lighting if you want them to flourish and bring you many years of visual pleasure. If you have any concerns, speak to a lighting or nursery specialist to see what they would recommend for your growth project.