8 Tips For Choosing The Right Grow Lights for Your Indoor Garden

One of the most important factors for growing indoors is the light because it supports the growth of your plants. But, choosing the right light for your plants can be really challenging since there are many different grow lights on the market.


Actually, there are 4 different types: LED grow lights, fluorescent grow lights, metal halide grow lights, and high pressure grow lights, as well as different manufacturers. Fortunately, there are some specific things you should look for when choosing a grow light.

#1. The Type of Light You Need

Since normal light bulbs don’t work for your plant, you need to decide which grow light you should choose. Even if you can’t decide on one type, you can have all types because each of them is used in a certain development stage. Namely, you can use:

  • LED lights for small production, for all stages
  • Fluorescent lights for young plants and for cloning and seeding
  • Metal halide lights in the vegetative stage
  • High-pressure sodium lights in the flowering stage

Using the right grow light will not only positively affect the amount produced but also the plant quality. This consequently affects the quality of the buds. Whether the harvest would be used dry for vaping, using a dry herb vaporizer or producing CBD or THC oil, the more potent the buds, the better.

#2. The Brand

The brand is one of the first things that tell us whether or not a product is worth buying. Therefore, before you choose a grow light for your plant, you should have a look at the brand of the light and check its reputation.

Thanks to the internet and social media, checking a brand is very easy. You can do it by visiting its social media channels or online markets, such as amazon, and look for customer reviews. It’s a good idea always to choose a brand that is present on the market for a long time, has a good reputation and has done a lot of research when developing their products.

#3. The Quality of Materials and Construction

This is another very important factor you should consider. A high-quality product is built from quality materials and has a strong construction that can last for several years or even a decade. In order to find out which light is of good quality, you can look for the brand and the country of origin since not all countries have the same industry standards.

#4. Electricity Consumption and Output

Electricity consumption and output are both very important because your grow light will be working around 10 hours each day, which means higher electricity bills. Hence, when looking for a light, pay attention to the number of units of total output. And, remember that you shouldn’t buy a light with less than 300W. Also, have in mind that a higher output compensates for the wattage loss.

#5. Heat Output

The heat output affects the protection and durability of the plant. Since the lights are placed close to the plants, you need to choose a light that will have low heat output so that it doesn’t damage them. If the output is high, your plant(s) will burn out fast.

#6. Convenience

You may have the best performative grow lights on the market, but what’s the use if they are too difficult to use. For example, you need to change their position or angle for a certain growth stage. And, if you can’t do it, your lights are of no use for you.

Therefore, when choosing a grow light, look for the one that is efficient, but also convenient to use and easy to maintain. Also, make sure it is easy to adjust in terms of place, light intensity, and wavelength and comes ready to use straight out of the box.

#7. Space

Some people grow their plants in big spaces, such as an attic or basement, but some in a small room. And, the size of the place where you are growing your plant plays a major role in choosing the right grow-light because it determined the size and number of the lamps you need. So, before you look for a light, measure the growing space. Then, use that number to find the lamp that is compatible with the area.

#8. Warranty and Return Policy

Apart from these technical factors, you should also consider the warranty and return policy of the product. It’s because the warranty length can suggest whether or not a product is of good or bad quality.

For example, if the warranty lasts for 10 years or so, the light is of good quality and vice versa. The return policy, on the other hand, will come handy if you need to return or change something. If the manufacturer offers a free return shipping, you won’t have additional costs.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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