How to Light Indoor Plants

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By Lacy Enderson

Light Indoor Plants

A simple matter of fact is that plants need light to grow, but the question is, what to do in the winter when it is dark? With technology advancement, finding appropriate lighting is easy. With so many different sized lamps, you can light up even the largest plants. But light bulbs and fixtures can be expensive, so be sure to shop around for the best prices. If you are planting an indoor flower garden and you need some information on lighting options, read through the following steps. Whether it is during the light of summer or the dark of winter, with proper lighting you will soon have a beautiful and flourishing indoor flower garden.

1. Provide the most light to indoor plants using fluorescents. They give off a high amount of light without a lot of heat. Use four of the 40 watt bulbs,   48 inches long, for maximum results.
2. Elevate the flourescents a foot above the plants and keep the light shining about 15 hours a day.

3. Light your taller plants with incandescents. These lights use 150 watt bulbs and shine with a higher intensity.  This type of light covers a wider plant yet can only be placed up to 2 feet above. Any higher and the light isn’t effective.

4. Suspend a halide light from the ceiling. These lights use 175 watt bulbs providing powerful lighting for your table top plants. You can also use halides in ballast fixtures which sit on the floor. These lights extend from a ploe arched over your plants.

5.  Screw into your ceramic socket a 200 watt mercandescent. These light have added phophors to aide in healthy flowering.

6. Use sodium lighting only as a supplement to outdoor lighting. These lights last long but are more expensive than other options. They are highly efficient but their yellow color isn’t as beneficial as natural light.




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