Plants require ample amount of lighting for conducting their process of photosynthesis. During the different stages of the growth cycle of the plants, the plants require different spectrum of lighting. Red, blue, white and ultraviolet is the different spectrum of lighting. For the plants grown outdoors, all the spectrum of lighting is obtained from the sunlight. But for plants grown indoors where the natural lighting is not provided, the use of grow lights arises. In the hydroponics system of growing plants a variety of grow lights are used like fluorescent, HID lights, HPS lights, LED plant lights etc. There are many grow lights available in the market in different shapes and sizes. There are lights which provide the different spectrum of lighting and there are plants which provide the full spectrum of lighting.
The different types of Fluorescent Lights for Plants are:
- High Intensity Fluorescent Grow Lights – The high intensity fluorescent grow lights are less expensive when compared to the other types of fluorescent grow lights. Even though they are less expensive they can emit both cool and warms lights.
- Cool Fluorescent Grow Lights – The cool fluorescent grow lights emits blue spectrum of lighting. Blue lights are ideal for the vegetative phase of plant growth. These lights are mainly used for plants needing blue and yellow-green light.
- Warm Fluorescent Grow Lights – White lighting is provided by the warm fluorescent grow light. This grow light provides for easy visibility. The warm lights provide the plants with red and orange light.
- Full Spectrum Fluorescent Grow Lights – The Full Spectrum Fluorescent grow lights provides full range of lighting needed for the plants and also protects the eyes of the user. They provide both the blue spectrum and red spectrum of lighting.
Features of Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants
- Worth the price – The Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights are little expensive when compared to the normal fluorescent lights and also to the other grow lights. But using the Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for plants gives them all the lighting they need in its different stages. Also the color of the light does not distort the color of the plants you are growing in your hydroponic grow system.
- Placement of the Fluorescent Lights – The light emitted from different parts of the fluorescent lights are different. From the ends of the fluorescent lights less light is emitted and from the center of the fluorescent light more light is emitted. The plants that need more light can be kept under the center portion of the fluorescent light and the plants that need less light can be kept under both the sides of the fluorescent light.
- Capacity – The Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants is ideal for working 16 hours per day. At this rate it just needs to be replaced after 18 months.
- Type of Plants – Before opting for the Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants you must select the type of plants that you are planning to grow and also those plants that need full spectrum of lighting. Some plants needs the red spectrum of lighting, some the blue spectrum of lighting and some the full spectrum of lighting. The intensity of light needed by the plants is also different.
- Light Intensity – The Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights provides three times more light intensity than the other bulbs. It gives the combined performance of the cool lights and warm lights.
- Improves the productivity – The Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants improves the productivity thereby providing for better yields and quality produce. This is because the plants receive all the spectrum of lighting for their growth and development during the different stages. It increase the growth of the plants to a great extend.
One of the disadvantages of the Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants is that it does not produce even distribution of light and spectrum. Some say they are expensive too when compared to the other fluorescent lights and provides only the same functions. On the whole the Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants does not have much difference when compared to the Fluorescent Lights for Plants.
Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights for Plants are offered by all the companies that deal with the different types of grow lights. The other type of grow lights are LED lights, HID lights (or High Intensity Discharge lamps), MH lights (or Metal Halide lights), HPS lights (or High Pressure Sodium lights) and so on. Apart from usage on plants the Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lights are used for a number of other purposes than plants. It is used in professional cases as well as in aquariums.