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How to Find the Best Grow Light

With Winter fast approaching and our collection of plants looking to us for help it’s easy to go into a frenzy. Don’t panic! We’re here to help you find the best grow light for your space. 

Simply typing “grow light” into a search engine will result in thousands of articles with what seems like endless information. We’ve digested and compiled it all for you in these quick bullet points.

 

What kind of grow light do houseplants need?

Plants need a full spectrum light-- meaning something with blue light as well as red and… you get it, the full spectrum.


How much light do I need for my houseplants?

The recommended amount of light per square meter is circa 400 watts-- generously. What this means is when looking for a grow light you want to ensure it can provide you a similar wattage or as close to it as possible. With such high wattage it’s best to choose a full spectrum LED light to keep it energy efficient. If you’re feeling fancy you can get a dimmable light to provide your plant with the light it needs and avoid scorching. 


Can I use a smaller light with less wattage? 

Why yes, you can. Even a standard LED light bulb will be enough of a boost to provide your plants with supplemental light to get through the winter. The key is in keeping it close to the plants so they don’t lose light through scattering.


Should I leave my grow light on all day?

Absolutely not. Plants have growth cycles and part of that is a “sleeping” period at night. Ensure your plant is not receiving more than 12hr (absolute max) of light in the winter months. If you can get one, a dimmable bulb with a timer or an app-controlled schedule is best. This will help you create a more natural environment for your plants.


What happens if I get water on my grow light?
Please ensure you follow the manufacturer's guidelines for your grow lights. It’s important that you keep moisture away from the lights as well as ensuring air circulation. This will ensure humidity does not cause an accident. 


We hope this information helps you find the best light for your houseplants! Have a question? Shoot us a message on Howdy@friendsorfriends.com or hit our DMs on Instagram. We’re always happy to help.



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