Using a grow light to start seeds or grow houseplants, microgreens, and herbs inside your home is an efficient way to promote healthy plant growth. LED grow lights have become the standard for indoor gardeners for their energy efficiency and long life. Yet with so many options available you might be wondering how to choose the best LED grow lights. Over the years I’ve used many LED light systems to grow all types of indoor plants. Below I share my top choices for LED spotlights, tabletop models, and multi-tier grow stands. Keep reading to learn more.
What are LED grow lights?
First up, let me tell you more about LED grow lights and the many benefits of using them to grow plants indoors. LEDs, which stands for light-emitting diodes, are lights that are energy efficient, have low power consumption, are long-lasting, and produce less heat than fluorescent bulbs. In fact the heat output is a big selling point for LEDs as the low heat reduces energy costs and can improve plant health. Fluorescent lights emit a lot of heat. That can prompt leggy or spindly seedlings or burn the foliage of sensitive houseplants.
LED grow lights are very efficient at converting energy into PAR, photosynthetic active radiation, the spectrum of light plants use. Most gardeners buy a full-spectrum light because the light looks like natural light and they’re effective for the different stages of plant growth.
However, not all LED’s look like white lights. Some produce wavelengths in the blue and red light spectrums, the spectrums that support photosynthesis. Red and blue lights create purple which isn’t ideal inside a home. Who wants purple light in their living space? But purple light is fine in a basement or inside a grow tent.
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Alright, one last wishlist post from me, your GPOD editor… This time I’m looking past flowers to foliage that I want to add to the garden. Everyone knows that foliage is the heart of a well-designed garden as it lasts so much longer than flowers. BUT I’m very guilty of being seduced by pretty flowers, so I need to really focus on stepping up my foliage game this year.
These cork planters are so cool to look at and great for planting succulents and other tiny plants. You can use them to decorate your home! Make these eye-catching magnetic planter and attach them to your fridge or other metallic objects. Check out the tutorial on snapguide.
Even for the most organized, attempting to declutter our homes isn't always something we look forward to. While we may feel at ease having cleared surfaces and polished presentation, decluttering isn't everyone's strong suit.
Whether you’re house hunting, looking for a new apartment, or considering a move, Zillow surfing is one of the most lovely experiences you can have online. There’s no comment section or social media aspect to it; it’s simply a tool for exploration and fun, and, boy, did we take advantage of that this year.
As well as being that haloed place where one can enjoy a bit of peace and quiet and a hot soak, the bathroom is also one of the best rooms to grow house plants. Its high humidity is a haven for a lot of indoor plants because so many of them hail from tropical or subtropical forests. There they flourish in the consistently damp, warm air and the light that pours in between the trees. These plants will feel right at home in bathrooms, shower rooms, and kitchens, if provided with the indirect light and average-to-warm temperature that most of them crave.
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