Sunlight is the perfect balance of wavelengths necessary for plant growth and blooming, but you can also use artificial light to help your plants along. In fact, low-light foliage plants (such as pothos and peace lily) can grow quite nicely in windowless offices with enough artificial light.
Hereof, can you use sun lamps for plants?
UV light can speed up the germination process for starting seeds when grown indoors. As growers transplant seedlings to more intense light sources, UV strengthens the plants, better preparing them for high intensity light.
People also ask, how many hours of artificial light do plants need?
Most common houseplants can grow well with 12 to 14 hours of artificial light if they aren’t receiving any sunlight. Medium-light plants require about six hours of daily sunlight, so they benefit from a higher light intensity and do best when set no more than 1 foot away from the lights.
What kind of artificial light do plants need?
Fluorescent tubes provide one of the best artificial light sources available for plants in the home. They are about 2-1/2 times more efficient in converting electrical energy into light energy than are incandescent sources, making them less expensive to operate.
Some grow lights naturally emit UV-A light through a chemical exchange, like HIDs and T5 grow lights. LEDs, on the other hand, can be built with specialized UV-B bulbs or diodes to give them the UV they lack.
Hanging or placing lights over the plant beds or pots is the best arrangement, as it mimics natural sunlight from overhead and exposes all sides and leaves of a plant to the artificial light. TIP: Place grow lights directly over plantings to mimic natural sunlight.
When growing most houseplants, use light bulbs between 4000 and 6000 Kelvin, as the bulb’s color temperature will borrow from a full spectrum of colors—cools and warms. With these lights, you can actually mimic the growth you would get in a greenhouse or outdoors.