Here’s How Grow Lights Work and How They Can Help Your Garden

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Grow lights are basically indoor lighting for plants that allow you to grow most seeds, succulents, herbs and houseplants during any time of year. This artificial light source is a compact way to stimulate plant growth, at all growth stages, by emitting blue light (which helps the plant grow) and red light (which helps with seed germination and blossom development).


1. Spider Farmer SF-1000 LED Grow Light

This grow light from Spider Farmer is a great option for anyone who’s serious about helping their plants grow. It’s designed to provide more uniform exposure to the plants through the closely spaced lights.The lights vary by type, including warm white, blue light, red light and IR light, to provide a fuller spectrum that’s closer to what natural sunlight is like. It’s also highly energy-efficient, and it doesn’t use a fan, eliminating noise.

Pros: Efficient and powerful lights. Uses a quality Mean Well brand driver. Fuller light spectrum better mimics natural sunlight.

Cons: Somewhat expensive. May be too bright for some plants.

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2. King Plus 1000w LED Grow Light

The King Plus LED Grow Light is a full spectrum, 1000W light that includes red, blue, yellow, and white light, IR and UV(similar to sunshine). This light is ideal for all kinds of indoor plants, vegetables and flowers at all stages of growth. It also comes with an efficient cooling system and saves you energy, thus saving you money.

PROS: These are extremely bright lights that can be controlled on and off with a timer.

CONS: These lights do not come with adjustable hanging ropes.

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3. Phlizon 600W LED Plant Grow Light

The Phlizon LED Grow Light contains every kind of light that plants need including blue, red (promote plant growth), IR, UV (helps plants develop their defense mechanisms) and white light. It also comes with a double switch that gives you a different button which can be customized according to what it is you are growing and the stage of growth your vegetables or plants are in.

PROS: Promotes plant growth through a wide spectrum including blue, red, IR, UV and white light, and convenient switches allow you to control the amount of light your plant receives.

CONS: This is a good grow light for beginner growers, but if you need higher wattage lights, other options might be better.

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4. Yoyomax Grow Light

These grow lights by Yoyomax feature a 3-headed light fixture that provides the optimal and most common spectrum of red LEDs combined with blue LEDs to fuel the growth of your indoor plants, ultimately keeping them healthy and thriving. With three switch modes and six dimmable options, these lights are ideal for all indoor plants, at all growing stages and each arm can be turned on and off individually.

PROS: This Grow Light has an auto on/off switch and three time settings that enable you to keep the light on for 3, 6 or 12 hours.

CONS: Replacement bulbs, when needed, do not come with the lamp.

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5. Ankace 40W Dual Head Grow Lights

These convenient glow lights from Ankace are a great way to tend to small potted plants like succulents. The base of the lamp has a small clamp, allowing you to clip the lights to the edge of a table or shelf. Both of the lamps are mounted to flexible metal goosenecks, making it easy to find the right angle for your plants. Each lamp can be moved independently of the other, so you can double up on plants that need extra light or add extra coverage if you have several plants. The red and blue lighting makes for more effective germination.

Pros: Dual lamps that can be moved independently. Convenient timer switch allows you to set 3, 6 or 12 hours of light. Lights can also be dimmed for plants that need less light.

Cons: Fewer LEDs on each lamp than some other options, so it may not be ideal for some plants that need a lot of light.

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6. BESTVA 1000W LED Grow Light

Bestva’s lights come in anywhere between 1,000 and 4,000 watts (the price shown is for the 1,000W option). The unit is designed to hang above your plants and be mounted using the supplied hooks. There are nine bands of LED lights, each of which is a dual-chip LED. These bright lights are efficient, and you can switch lighting settings using the two switches. The “Veg” button is ideal for growing and the “Bloom” button is for seedling and flowering. You can press both if you have plants that need more lighting.

Pros: Includes necessary hardware for mounting the lights. Multiple lighting settings allow you to customize the lighting based on your plant’s needs.

Cons: Fan is noisy.

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7. Elaine 60W 130 LED Timing Grow Lamp

These lights from Elaine are designed to provide sunlike light in a full-spectrum wavelength. The dual lamps connect to a convenient clamp, which can be used to attach to the edge of a shelf or table. Both lamps are attached to individual metal gooseneck arms, allowing you to move them to your desired position. The three lighting modes allow you to switch between wavelengths, and the timer function lets you toggle between 3, 6 and 12-hour lighting cycles.

Pros: Affordable option with various settings to optimize results for your plant’s needs. Powered by USB compatible port, making it a convenient option for workspaces.

Cons: Not compatible with smart outlets or outlet timers.

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