If you locate your aquaponic systems indoors such as in your garage, you will need grow lights for your plants. Here are a few tips on which types of lighting to consider.

There are two types of effective grow lights available: fluorescent and high density discharge lamps (led). Each type of lamp has advantages and disadvantages. The appropriate lamp to use depends on what you’re growing, the size of the plants, and your budget.

When most people think about buying grow lights, the first question they ask is how much the bulbs will cost. However, in addition to the cost of the bulbs, you need to consider the impact on your utility bills. The addition to your electric bill may be substantial. This is why it’s important to research grow lights thoroughly to ensure they meet your budget for initial and ongoing costs.

Fluorescent grow lights are ideal for smaller plants or seedlings, as they provide continuous, bright light without creating too much heat. Most plants respond well to fluorescent lights with a satisfactory growth rate. If you choose fluorescent lights, you will save money buying the common variety ones found in stores instead of more expensive ones sold as specialty growing lights.

High density discharge grow lights are a good choice in that they produce efficient light while being easy to install and move if necessary. They an also be somewhat costly, though many believe they’re more than worth the additional expense. However, since these types of grow lights emit high amounts of heat, you will want to take extra measures to keep the room cooler.

Also keep in mind that the combination of grow lights and water creates a lot of humidity. High humidity may cause the growth of harmful bacteria. You can prevent this, however, by making sure that the air in your greenhouse or grow room is constantly circulating. A dehumidifier wouldn’t hurt either. Photo by rutlo