My Winter Garden

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Are you missing your garden in the winter months? Fret no more, why not try grow lights or otherwise known as plant lights, the latter being instantly understood. It is a form of artificial lighting for your plants as a substitute to the sun. It also transmits electromagnetic rays and this in turn would tease the plants into making their own energy, called the photosynthesis process. Perhaps, there’s a space in your home that is currently not utilized which you could turn into a mini indoor garden. So, you could have herbs, beans, sweet peppers and tomatoes all year round!

Grow lights are not a recent invention as you may have thought, apparently the first known and recorded one was used for research by a botanist named Andrei Famintsyn way back in 1868, during the Victorian era.

Furthermore, it’s not just your average standard lighting you would find in do-it-yourself shops, this device has to mimic the sun which throws off a spectrum of lights which are red, blue, violet, orange, yellow and green. As your plants are in an unnatural habitat, this appliance also has the ability to vary its conditions to match nature’s temperature and light output. Oh, bear in mind that the light can be adjusted to fit the growth stage of the plant too such as during the initial germination, mid-growth or the fruiting or flowing stage. It’s a pretty neat and clever gadget.

Types of Grow Lights

Here are the various types and the prices range from £10 up to £900:-

  • Fluorescent
  • Conversion Bulbs
  • Switchable Ballasts
  • High-Pressure Sodium (HPS)
  • LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)
  • Tube-Style Fluorescent lights
  • Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH, CDM)
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
  • Combination MH and HPS (Dual Arc)
  • High Intensity Discharge Lights (HID)

The fluorescent, conversion bulbs are self-explanatory and a metal halide lamp emits light via an arc using a concoction of vaporized mercury, metals that have bromine or iodine thus the name metal halide. Now, the switchable ballasts are adaptable as the name suggests, as it can power up a 250, 400 or 600 and we believe up to even 1,000 watt lamp!