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.
Accordingly, is lamp light the same as sunlight for plants?
Generally, sunlight is best for plant growth, since artificial lights cannot replicate the specific colors of light (wavelengths) that are optimal for plants. However, artificial lights can work well to supplement sunlight, especially during winter or where sufficient sunlight is unavailable.
Then, can heat lamp replace sunlight for plants?
No matter how bright or how hot a light is, if it isn’t the wavelength that plants need, they will never grow. Plants require blue light waves, found at one end of the light spectrum, for the growth of foliage. … Since heat lamps emit plenty of red light but almost no blue, plants won’t grow if only a heat lamp is used.
Can I leave my grow light on 24 hours?
A: In general, you should not leave grow lights on 24/7. Plants need a light-dark cycle to develop properly. It’s believed that they truly do “rest” during periods of darkness, and probably use this time to move nutrients into their extremities while taking a break from growing.
Plants do need that period of darkness for their metabolism to work properly. They are not designed to create food non-stop, and it will do them harm in the long term to put them in this sort of situation. So, yes, plants need their darkness just as much as they need their light.
LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are powerful, energy-efficient and long-lasting. They also have low heat outputs, making them ideal for indoor farming. Unlike the sun, the intensity of an LED bulb doesn’t change–midday, midnight, mid-summer and mid-winter, LEDs give plants the same consistent and directional light.
Halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent that gives a close approximation of natural daylight, known as “white light.” Colors appear sharper under halogen light and the bulbs can be dimmed. They’re a little more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they’re more expensive and burn at a higher temperature.
Like plants growing outdoors in the sunlight, indoor plants grow best under full-spectrum bulbs, which produce a balance of cool and warm light that replicates the natural solar spectrum. They’re excellent for seedlings as well as houseplants, culinary herbs and other plants.
Good news! There’s an easy and inexpensive way to replicate natural sunlight indoors—full spectrum lighting. Used for years to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, (SAD) full spectrum lights simulate the sun at noon, and plants love it.
Red light helps plants produce flowers and fruit, while blue light helps them grow leaves. Sunlight provides the full spectrum. … But sunlight is a lot more powerful than grow lights. A plant gets about the same amount of energy from 13 hours under a grow light as it does from six hours under the sun.
Offering low energy usage, low heat, and color optimized for growth, LED lights are the most efficient, effective, and customer-friendly way to grow plants at home than growing with fluorescent lights or incandescent lights.