As the hobby of indoor farming has become more and more popular over the last few years, grow light technology has become more and more advanced – as have the LED safety glasses that are needed to use them without damaging your eyesight.
So advanced have grow lights become at mimicking direct sunlight that it’s completely normal these days to grow plants in rooms that have no sources of natural light. There’s a dazzling (pardon the pun) choice on the market for grow lights, which can be quite overwhelming. However, with a little knowledge, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the ideal product for your needs.
So, what factors influence your buying decision?
1. What Crops Will You Be Growing?
The first and perhaps most sensible place to start is to decide what type of crops you’ll be growing, as this will dictate the type of grow light bulbs you need, the amount of light that’s required and in turn, what kind of protection your LED safety glasses will need to provide.
For instance, if your intention is to just cultivate micro-greens, then you’ll be looking for very different lighting than if you were planting flowers. The main reason for this being that plants require varying degrees of light at different points of their growth.
2. How Big’s Your Budget?
Another important element in your decision is how much money you have available to invest, as it will greatly narrow down the field for you. The overall cost of your project needs to be accounted for, with the plants, your LED safety glasses, the soil and the type of bulbs all being necessary parts of the equation.
3. What Type of Bulbs Will Require?
Your choice in bulbs will also dictate how much your growing project will cost you in energy too, so be sure to remember all of these elements, as it will give you a rough figure of how much you can spend on the lights themselves.
The big factor here is wattage. Now, this might not be such a major issue if your grow room is on the small side, however, the bigger the farm, the more this extra energy is going to add up. It’s important to remember that these lights will likely be on for half of the day, every day, so it can accumulate rather quickly.
This is also something that’s going to influence the type of LED safety glasses that you’ll need too, so it’s important to know that eye protection isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal and if you get the wrong type for your lights, you’ll not be protected as you should be.
Do Your Homework Before You Start
It’s hard to sum up what is quite a complicated subject in so few words and anyone who understands indoor growing properly will know that we’ve barely scratched the surface of what you need to consider to be successful at it. However, if you bear what we’ve mentioned in mind, you’ll pay the necessary attention in the important areas.
So, your takeaways from reading our brief blog should be that when creating your own indoor growing setup, you should consider the crop and the budget available and you’ll get a much clearer idea of what type of grow lights are right for you.
Not forgetting of course, to get the right LED safety glasses, as you not only need to be protected against the specific light bandwidth you’re using, but also be able to see what you’re doing and spot any slight color changes or pests on your beloved plants.
Get these parts right and you’re already half way there!