Hydroponics is an alternative way to grow plants indoors without the use of soil. A Hydroponic system is made up of a water bed or plant container and a light source. Light is essential to hydroponics since this enables photosynthesis this in turn allows the plant to create food it needs to grow.
There are a few alternatives for hydroponic lights there are florescent lights, high intensity discharge lights and light emitting diodes or LED lights. Among the three LED lights are the latest and are starting to gain much popularity. Although they cost more there are many benefits to using LED lights including efficiency, durability and reduced heat ideal for heat sensitive plants.
offer an ideal start up method for those new to hydroponic planting. They are easy to install and available in most hardware stores and gardening supply stores. The price initially is a bit high but considering the money that can be saved in electric bills it is worth it. In choosing LED lights, choose those with red or blue spectrum, these are more conducive to blooming and growing plants. White LED bulbs do not contribute anything to hydroponic planting and is best for other uses. There are wide spectrum LED lights that can be adjusted according to the need of the plants, these lights are expensive and is fit for a serious gardener.
When installing LED hydroponic lights follow manufacturer instructions and hang them directly above the plants. Since LED lights direct its rays downward no additional reflectors is necessary. LED grow lights produce virtually no heat, this means that they can be placed as close to the plants as possible for maximum effect. Some hydroponic lighting systems also have plant timers; this will control the lighting schedule to a pre-programmed time set by the gardener. If in doubt about installing LED lights contact an electrician for assistance.