Don’t Let Your Plants Go Dark! Choose the Right Indoor Plant Lights

Casandra Greer
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Plants are living things that need light in order to grow and thrive just like any other living organism. When you bring a plant into your home, don’t assume that it will automatically grow or even survive. If you want the plants you brought into your home to flourish and live a long time, you need to give them some light! This can be tricky because plants require different amounts of light depending on what kind they are, how old they are and where you plan to keep them in your home.

Have you ever grown indoor plants that didn’t thrive? Were your houseplants getting little light and struggling to grow? Houseplant care starts with choosing the right indoor plant lights, but there are different types of bulbs to consider and some can be harmful to your plants if used incorrectly. 

How to Choose the Right Light Bulb?

Choosing the right to grow lights for your plants can be a daunting task. There are many different types of bulbs out there, and it’s important to know what kind of light your plants need. Different colors of light have different benefits, and it’s important to choose the appropriate one. 

The color spectrum of visible light ranges from violet (the shortest wavelength) to red (the longest wavelength). Grow lights range in their ability to produce these colors: red-orange, orange, yellow-green, and blue-violet. The higher the percentage of blue or violet on the spectrum, the more effective they are at producing plant growth; blue is best for fruit production while violet is best for foliage production.

The most common light bulb is an incandescent lamp, which has a spectrum that’s almost entirely yellow-orange and red. These are available as either warm white or cool white; both are warm in comparison to most other options. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) emit some blue, green, and red light; they’re better than incandescents but not as good as LEDs. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are effective across all parts of the color spectrum, making them a popular choice for indoor growing. 

Why is Grow Light Bulbs Important for Plants?

Plants are a delightful addition to any room, but they can also be a lot of work to maintain. If you’re not careful with their light needs, your plants could start to grow tall and spindly or even die. That’s why it’s so important for indoor gardeners to make sure they have the right grow lights for their plants. Here are some things you need to know about grow light bulbs

  1. To Grow & Thrive

Grow lights provide an artificial source of this kind of light that will help keep your plants growing as they should without needing more natural sunlight than is available in most homes.

  1. Different Colors for Different Purposes

It may seem like all indoor plant lights offer the same function. However, there are actually several different types of bulbs available on the market today. Grow lamps emitting white light often have other color temperatures mixed in as well, such as yellow or orange; these lamps promote flowering while giving off less red spectrum which would inhibit photosynthesis. 

  1. Improves Mood and Alleviates Depression

Lighting has been proven to improve moods and alleviate depression by triggering serotonin production in the brain. The act of caring for plants may lead to feelings of relaxation too, reducing stress levels and helping people feel at ease. There are many health benefits associated with using grow light bulbs for plant care. 

  1. Greenhouse Gardener’s Best Friend

If you happen to have a greenhouse, grow lights for plants become even more important. Not only do these bulbs ensure that the interior of the greenhouse stays lit up during dark winter months when natural light isn’t plentiful enough, but grow lights also help produce heat which allows vegetation in greenhouses to grow year-round regardless of seasonal changes outside. 

  1. Low Energy Costs

This is one of the best reasons to invest in a quality grow light bulb. Even though they cost more upfront, they use very little energy compared to standard bulbs and won’t drastically increase your utility bill. Plus, since grow lights last much longer than traditional lighting fixtures, you’ll save money over time.


Choosing indoor plant lights can be confusing. You want to make sure that you are choosing a light that is appropriate for your type of plant, but not one so intense that it will burn your plants. There are many different types of lamps and bulbs available on the market today, but they all have pros and cons when it comes to efficacy and cost. The best way to find out which lamp is right for you is to check with an expert or do some research online.

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