Have you seen the 2015 movie of Matt Damon entitled, The Martian? I don’t know about you but what really got into my attention was the part when he was able to cultivate enough potato to supply him until his team came back to rescue him. Yes, I am talking about planting full size pototoes on Mars. Although scientific facts will tell us that it is impossible to grow plants if we solely rely on the Martian regolith, still the movie was able to cater the possibility that by stimulating the Martian soil and providing it with the necessary nutrients and adequate conditions, plant can possibly grow. One adequate condition I can site from the movie was the lighting he used.
Growth Light is a man made light source, basically an electric light to brace up plant gowth through sending out light necessary for photosynthesis. This is usually in the case when there is an absence of natural light like in some countries where they experience longer winter months.
How important is the light for the growth of the plant?
The light is the most essential part of the growth of the plant. Even if the plant gets all the other growth conditions but with no enough light, it will still die. Of course there are plants that can grow in the shady portion like those of foliage plant, however they still need light in a much lower level.
In this case, what will be the best grow light to choose?
The essence of choosing the right growth light is to enable anyone to customize their own growing season regardless what the weather condition is. So, here are the 3 main types of lights. The Light-emittng Diode (LED), the High Intensity Discharge and the Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL). The LED may be expensive initially, but for long term use. The best thing about it is that it is very low in heat and you may combine both red and blue LEDs to produce full or partial spectrum. CFL on the other hand is not ideal for flowering plant nor producing plant because it is not in full spectrum. However, CFL is very cheap and ideal for green leaf plants like herbs. Lastly, the HID. This one is very powerful lights which make it run out too fast and requires a lot of high heat output.
But why choose LED lighting system?
Because this is the latest technology that comes handy for the hydroponic gardening. This is much more energy efficient compared to all other lighting. The bulb alone can last up to 4-5 years. Just make sure to buy the right quality of LED lights that is not only legitimate in quality but also has a proper balance of blue, white and red lights to ensure that your plants gets the accurate spectrum essential for their growth.
Thus when you want to plant whether in a winter long season country or if ever your place lacks direct ray of sunshine, don’t feel bad. LED lights is very convenient to purchase.