I like to grow things...but the winter months are especially difficult. We have low E argon coated windows that block 90% of the sun's plant growing radiation, so plants suffer in my house. Even "low-light" houseplants suffer.
So I was super thrilled when I had the chance to review this Alite Advanced LED grow light.
This light is different from the usual bar lights people use to start seedlings and is better for individual plants. Or you could set up an array of them and grow a bunch of plants together.
My plan is to use the light as "therapy" for my houseplants that have been light deficient for so long. Each plant will take a trip under the light to try and perk it up.
The first under the lights: my newly planted Shasta Daisies. These babies will spend the spring and early summer indoors as "decoration" but will eventually make their way out to the garden where they can bloom permanently (they are perennial.)
I chose these because daisies are a natural source of pyrethrin which is a "natural" insecticide. I will probably never turn them into insecticide unless there is a major world wide catastrophe and we need to kill some bugs.
But I digress. On to the show.
Here are the seedlings in all of their glory:
|Shasta Daisy seedlings 3 weeks old|
Not very impressing for 3 weeks of growth. These guys have been inhabiting the "best" seat in the house and if you look closely, you can see all the little seedlings stretching hard for the light.
This is how the manufacturer shows the light in use:
This is what it looks like at my house:
So, here are the good and the bad from using this light. First off, it can fit in any light socket, so you can technically put it in any of your light fixtures. But.... it's heavy. I put it in a flexible lamp and it practically pulled the whole thing over.
If you are serious about grow lights, you are going to want to invest in a good system for rigging this light up.
I am not able to give much info on the impact on my plants yet, but I will come back and update this post - deleting this sentence and adding the pertinent information.
What I can tell you is the light creates a psychedelic experience wherever you place it. I currently have it stationed in my office. It is a 12W LED bulb that gives off the most efficient wavelengths for peak photosynthesis, and it does this without throwing off a ton of heat.
I will update how it works for each of my houseplants and may even start a tray of tomato seeds under the lights in April. I will be especially interested to see how this compares to the natural light greenhouse for tomatoes. I'll keep you posted.