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Bright Ideas for Lighting Your Greenhouse

Greenhouse with HPS lightsLighting plays a major role in our everyday lives. From bedside lamps, to dining room chandeliers, to parking lot security lights, everywhere we go lighting is a necessity. So, it only makes sense that lighting would be critical in the lives of plants as well. There are many forms of lighting on the market today, and it is important to know which type is most fitting for your individual needs. Here’s a guide to the types available and where they can be used in your greenhouse or garden center.

Incandescent Lighting

For decades, incandescent lighting was the most common type found in homes. As time passed and technology improved, experts realized that this wasn’t an efficient type of lighting. Though incandescent bulbs are cheap to buy, over time they are more expensive to operate due to their short life and the amount of electricity they use. It is estimated that within the next few years, as more developments are made, incandescent lighting will be obsolete, so we don’t recommend using them anywhere in your greenhouse or garden center.

Compact Fluorescent Lighting

This form of lighting has become very popular over the last few years, and we are sure if you aren’t using it in your home or business, you know someone who is. One popular form of fluorescent lighting is full spectrum lighting. Full spectrum lighting is the closest you can get to real sunlight outside of the real thing, which makes full spectrum lighting the best choice for seed starting and grow lights. Full-spectrum lighting keeps plants blooming for most of the year, and can even help with wintertime growing.

Compact fluorescent light fixtures with t5 bulbs

Full Spectrum Fluorescent Lamps are a great choice when starting seeds. Since full spectrum light is similar to natural sunlight, seedlings get the help they need to start the growing process from these lamps. They are also perfect as grow lights as plants mature. For seedlings, a cool white fluorescent light is your best option. As plants mature, you can increase the number of grow lights to make sure your plants get enough light, and that it is distributed evenly.

Metal Halide Lighting

400 W fixtures over hydropnics tables

Metal halide lights are not something you are going to use in your home, but more for commercial applications or field lighting. They produce a crisp, white light that makes them perfect for places where you want to illuminate a large area, but still be able to see very well.

Metal halides are commonly used as grow lights later in the plant’s life cycle. Metal halides are ideal grow lights when you are trying to grow in an area where there is no natural light present, such as a greenhouse covered with blackout curtain. If you want to keep your garden center open later at night, install metal halide lamps in your parking lot and around outdoor benches to help customers feel safe and secure.

High Pressure Sodium (HPS) Lighting

HPS lighting is very common outdoors. You may have seen it in parking lots at night, outside buildings for security, or even on the side of the highway when it’s dark. HPS lights produce a warm white light, rather than the crisp white you get from a metal halide lamp.

Greenhouse light fixtures above raised beds

HPS lighting should only be used for growing when it is used along with natural light. HPS lights promote budding and flowering, so they should be used when seeds have already become seedlings. If you choose to put an HPS lamp into our Growers Supply Greenhouse Light Fixture, you can use the grow light in damp environments. Also, our Plantastar® HPS Light is perfect for greenhouses and ensures healthy growth and optimum plant shape. HPS lights can also work great to illuminate outdoor areas at your garden center. If you really want to eliminate some labor, while having extra hours for customers to shop, hook these lights up to our LightMaster® Light Sensor which will automatically switch the lights on and off when it starts to get dark.

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

LED light fixture

LEDs are the most technologically advanced type of lighting today. Instead of having just one bulb like most other types of lighting, LEDs are made up of many tiny bulbs, so that when one goes out you don’t notice a difference. This technology has made LEDs extremely long lasting. Sometimes, you can go up to nine or more years without changing a bulb. Besides the long life of LEDs, you will be impressed by their energy efficiency, which leads to a smaller electric bill each month. LEDs also need no time to warm up – as soon as you flip the switch these bulbs are at full brightness. For more information on how LEDs can benefit you, read our LED Buyer’s Guide.

If you own a garden center, you really want your plants to catch the eye of every shopper. Why not install some LEDs to make your beautiful flowers and healthy vegetable seedlings shine? Growers Supply carries a great line of LED bulbs from spot bulbs to high bay fixtures for all the spaces you are looking to brighten up.

Now you have all the knowledge you need to outfit your greenhouse or garden center with the best and most efficient lighting possible. We understand that choosing lighting for a large space can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we are here to help you design a plan to fit your needs. Contact us today to get started!

What have you found to be the best lighting solution for your greenhouse? Share it with us below!

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