Today I want to share something that I’ve been working on recently with Fine Gardening that is really cool! So you know all of those lights you can buy to get your plants started over the winter? Did you ever wonder which of those lights really work? I’m going to leave the final answer for my article, but let me tell you, there’s a world of differences between the lights. The best seem to be some LED lights that aren’t available yet, but are made by a company called Heliospectra. Mostly they make high end lights for commercial producers and researchers, but they will be entering the home market soon. Man, these lights are SWEET!
Interestingly, the other LED lights fail miserably because their light is so columnated (in other words the light doesn’t spread out), as you can kind of see in this picture (there’s another pic on facebook that shows it a bit better):
Most of you are probably using fluorescent lights, and, in terms of bang for your buck, I’d say those are pretty good. We tested a bunch of different fluorescent, as well as incandescent lights. Be on the lookout for the article in about a year!