Grow lights are a category of indoor lighting for plants that allow you to grow most 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). These lights range from professional grow lights for large commercial operations to small lamps for hobbyists and indoor herb gardens.
Every child knows that plants grow and thrive when they are watered, soiled and receive light. However, serious growers and gardeners know how to tailor the soil, lighting conditions and watering system to their plants’ needs. For instance, sunlight naturally contains a broad range of light wavelengths, many of which are lacking in your typical LED or incandescent bulbs. Likewise, plants respond to the natural rhythms of sunset and sunrise, and the best indoor grow lights include timers to mimic this natural cycle. While outdoor plants naturally receive all the spectrum lighting they need, indoor plants tend to lack proper lighting. This is where a grow light comes in handy.
There are a few different types of grow lights available and the size of plant and/or area that needs lighting will determine the grow light needed. We’ve featured a few of the best LED grow lights that will allow your plants to flourish right before your eyes. Because all of the best grow lights are now LED-based, you also get the advantage of energy-efficient lighting, which means extra savings in your pocket.
1. 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 that saves you energy, thus saving you money. While this grow light is designed to cover a maximum area of 3 feet by 3 feet, the light is most efficient when covering a 1.5 by 1.5 area. As such, it’s better used as a supplemental light than as a primary lighting source in larger growing areas.
Pros: These are extremely bright lights that can be controlled on and off with a timer. Lights don’t give off much heat, even when placed close to a plant.
Cons: These lights do not come with adjustable hanging ropes. The product could have a longer lifespan.
2. 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 that 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.
3. 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.
4. 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), although the LEDs are not quite as bright as advertised.. 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. Emits more heat compared to similar products. Multiple lights will be needed for most growing areas.
5. 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.