How to Garden With LED Lights

Overview

Growing plants indoors is a challenge as most plants require sufficient light. If you don't have access to outdoor space or if you need to move your plants indoors for winter, you will want to create a light system to keep your plants healthy and growing. LED lights do not heat up like halogen or metal halide lamps and are also more energy efficient than fluorescent, metal halide and halogen lamps. While LED lamps are expensive to purchase, you may be able to find good prices online.

Step 1

Determine where you will keep your plants. Light is not a consideration, since you'll be providing LED lights. You will want a room that maintains a consistent temperature and a location that's not near a radiator or door that would drive the temperature up or down during the day. You'll also need a nearby electrical outlet for your lighting system.

Step 2

Arrange your plants on a plant stand. You can set them on the ground, but a plant stand will protect them from unintended injury by pets or children.

Step 3

Set up your LED clamp light and plug in the light bulb. If you only have a few plants, you can get by with one LED light and a simple clamp lamp. You can also purchase bars or track light system that allow you to hang the LED light over your plants.

Step 4

Plug in your clamp light and turn it on to make sure it works. Position the LED light 6 to 12 inches from your plants.

Step 5

Turn the light on during daylight hours and turn it off at night, since plants need darkness to grow. Provide your plants with water so that they don't dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Clamp light
  • LED light
  • Plant stand
  • Plants
  • Water

References

  • University of Vermont: Indoor Lighting for Plants
  • Little Greenhouse: Plant Lighting

Who Can Help

  • Nextag: LED Clamp Light
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About this Author

Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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