What activity could be more synonymous with older ladies than gardening? Sure, sure, I know plenty of men who enjoy turning seeds and dirt into something beautiful too. Don’t get me wrong here. It’s just that recently I helped my mother set up an indoor garden at my parents’ home, so I’ve kind of been stuck on the topic for a time now. I know it’s not what I usually talk about, but hey, variety is the spice of life, or something like that. Now, naturally, since the garden was indoors, there was a need to find lights to help the plants grow – they just wouldn’t get enough sun through windows during the day.
One visit to our local hardware store revealed I had many options to choose from, certainly more than I initially believed. I could have used globe lights, or lights that were like traditional bulbs, or rows, or columns, or suspended bulbs without fixtures, or a number of other setups. What I decided on in the end was LED grow lights. They were small and easy to move around, but self-contained and a lot safer to use than some of the other lights I saw at the shop. They were also a lot cheaper than some of the other setups I found, and I’ll admit that had plenty to do with my choice.
I’m always looking for the technology which will perform a given task in the most efficient manner as well. LED grow lights just do it for me. I could go on for a couple hours about why they’re better than the other lights I saw, but why do that when I can just show you and let you see for yourself? If you check out http://growlightsbase.com you’ll be able to see a wide variety of different LED grow lights, along with product specifications and reviews. It doesn’t really provide information about other light sources, but that’s what I’m here for.
Using incandescent bulbs seemed like a good place to start, at least at first. They were cheap, easy to find, easy to use and perhaps most importantly, my mother was already used to using that type of bulb. However, none of the incandescent grow lights I saw at the shop came with enough strength for the indoor garden I was planning. This is actually kind of interesting since the sunlight which reaches the Earth has a strength of about 1,360 watts, which is quite a bit more than you’ll get from a standard 60 watt light bulb.
Rather than buying about 25 bulbs and finding some crazy way to make them all shine at the indoor garden, I opted to go with the LED lights which were far simpler to install and stronger besides. With a few of those bars plastered right next to each other I’m able to create an amount of light with enough wattage to effectively mimic natural sunlight. If she only uses the artificial lighting once the sun goes down, it won’t really cost much to run either.