When living in a space or growing your plants in a space that’s too dark, it might be a good idea to invest in growing lights for the plants. The sun light is a big component for growth, but let’s be honest: the amount of sunlight throughout the year and or day differs a lot in some areas. By giving your plants or seeds the sufficient amount of light, you can make the growing phase less stressfull, get healthier and stronger plants and even make the growing season longer, by starting it earlier and ending it later. It’s the best thing you can invest in for seedlings and plants. Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to find good lights, so here are some tips to make it easier to find the right one for you.

Compact fluorescent vs LED:

Let’s face it, growing lights might not be the most inexpensive investment you’ll do for your plants. But it doesn’t mean that you have to become completely poor! In fact they are both great options, and will help your plants in any way. 

Compact fluorescent

It is the best inexpensive choice, that’s reliable. It does last for a while, but not as long as LED lights. It also is slower, and will break easier than LED lamps will. It also is very important what kind of bulb you choose, for your economy and the plant process. Lumens is something to be picky about too, read more about that on next page. 


It’s a way more expensive option, but one that will stay with you for a while. It makes your plants strong and grow in no time! It’s lights also covers a lot of area, so that you can grow more, and have the lights further away than with compact fluorescent lights. It’s an effiecient chocie, and will for sure give you some healthy plants in return for your investment!


light bulbs

For compact fluorescent lights, which light bulbs to choose might be the most important research you’ll do. It will affect both your plants and your wallet greatly. The best bulbs to our knowledge are the T5 bulbs, as they are energy efficient and will not get as hot as older bulbs. 

Colour temperature:

It’s also important to choose the right kind of colour for the lights. This is rated in Kelvin (K) and it will say if the colour is cooler or warmer. Aim for around 6500K, which is a blue daylight. This simulates natural daylight very well. Warm light is not really good, go for cooler tones.


This is how much light the light will give off. It is directly proportionate to how close light and plant needs to be to another. For example 30 000 lumens is very good and covers more plants as it is more space between lights and plants. The better the lumens, the higher the watt. That means it is maybe more expensive, but also means you can leave the lights on for a shorter amount of time.

To conclude: it’s important to take the financial needs into consideration when investing in growing lights. It’s also very important to research the plants needs, and to mimic the natural sun as good as possible. Make sure to keep the lights on at around normal daylight length, in the same kind of colour and depending on the lumens, at the appropriate distance. It’s also very important to be consistent, and to remember to water the plants well enough. Safety is also something to think about, as it can quickly go wrong if not being taken to seriously. The plants and seeds will thrive when you create the right environment for them. Do your research, stay safe, grow healthy plants, and most importantly; have fun!

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