If you’re not fortunate enough to be in a country that produces the right amount of natural sunlight for your plants, or you decide to keep your aquaponics system indoors, then the next best alternative is using artificial light in the form of grow lights.
There are a few different types of grow lights, and each type carries their own advantages over the other. I’ve selected the best grow lights from Amazon, in terms of ratings and value for money, and narrowed down our list to 5 of the best.
5) Hydrofarm FLCDG125D Fluorowing Compact Fluorescent System & CFL Bulb
This 125 Watt Fluorowing Compact Flourescent Bulb by Hydrofarm comes with a 120 volt, 8 foot power cord and a CSA certified hanging fixture with reflector (which can also fit a 200w CFL bulb) to get you up and running immediately.
The high quality bulb encompasses a full daylight spectrum which produces a very bright light that replicates natural sun light allowing plants to grow no matter what stage they’re at. It also doesn’t produce much heat for a bulb its size and you can cover around 2 – 4 sq. ft. of area with this bulb, depending on how high it’s placed above your plants (to know this, you must find the right balance of light that your plants need).
4) TaoTronics® TT-GL05 UFO LED Grow Lights Panel
You can grow any plant indoors regardless of their stage from seed, to flower to fruit, using this 90 Watt UFO LED Grow Light by renowned grow light manufacturer TaoTronics. The body is made from stamped sheet metal with a sleek black powder coat, so not only is it solid, but it looks good too.
You can expect your plants to grow healthy and quickly as it incorporates 620 – 630nm Red, 450 – 460nm Blue and 610 – 615nm Orange lights. Your plants will also be prevented from burning as there are three thermostatically controlled, low noise fans within the panel just above the lights.
You can check out a comparison of 10 of the best LED grow lights here.
3) iPower Digital Dimmable Grow Light System for Plants – Wing Set
iPower provides you with the option to choose from 1 HPS (high pressure sodium) bulb or 2 bulbs (HPS & MH –Metal Halide) that consists of 400, 600 and 1000 watts. The iPower Digital Dimmable Grow Lights are dimmable by 50, 75 and 100 percent, for when you don’t need as much light or heat.
All sets come with a pair of rope hatchets and an 19 inch reflector that can hand or stand. The “balanced spectrum set of lights will not only be well-absorbed by plant-feets chlorophylls, but also promotes healthy chlorophyll production, and regulates plant life cycle”.
2) Sun System® HPS 150 Grow Light Fixture
Sun System’s HPS 150 Watt Grow Light delivers an incredible 16,000 lumens with a color spectrum that’s ideal for growing plants indoors. The grow light is efficient, very silent and uses very little power. It’s housed in sheet metal and the inner walls are highly reflective aluminium.
The housing has a hanger on each end and comes with the bulb already installed, ready to go. It also provides great ventilation to dissipate heat and is finished in white powder coating.
1) Hydrofarm FLT24 2ft / 4-Tube T5 Commercial System With Bulbs
Hydrofarm are an exceptional manufacturer of hydroponic / aquaponic gardening equipment. Their latest T5 Commercial System is built for high performance, maximum flexibility and high lumen output (rated up to 8,000) in any type of growing environment.
Its high grade aluminum powder coated housing holds 4 included 6400K T5 bulbs that put out twice the light energy of normal fluorescent systems, and can be hung in 3 different ways, overhead, horizontally or vertically. This allows you to fit it in any position that suits your design plans.
You can check out a comparison of 10 of the best fluorescent grow lights here.
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