Indoor Plant Lights

Indoor plant lights are getting so efficient at faking natural sunlight that you can grow just about anything indoors...just about anywhere you please.

You can harvest basil and lettuce right in your kitchen with the Compact 2-Tier SunLite® Garden (shown at right).

Its footprint is small -- just over 2 feet of floor space. Energy-efficient T-5 fluorescent lights are so bright you can even start seeds under these full-spectrum lights.

Need more space? You'll want to check out the Standard 3-Tier SunLite® Garden. It's big enough for your seedlings, herbs, orchids...wait a may just want to expand your house plant collection to make full use of this light garden.

Shining light on your plants couldn't get any easier.

Casting full-spectrum light, the Standard Tabletop SunLite® Garden works best for foliage plants and seed starting. If you have indoor plants that are struggling with too little light, you may be surprised at how well they'll respond to this table light.

The distance you put between the plants and light fixture depends on your plants. Most tropical foliage plants thrive under moderate-to-bright (indirect) natural light, so having the indoor plant lights source about 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) above your plants should suit them. If you're growing herbs, you'll want them closer.

This fixture has pull chains to easily adjust to the right height. It's a good idea to experiment until you find what works best.

Aim to keep the light on continuously for 12 to 14 hours a day. Remember, plants need a rest, too, so this will give them the 10 to 12 hours of darkness they need.

Keep herbs close at hand -- or your flowering plants in bloom year-round -- with this Compact Tabletop SunLite® Garden (shown at left).

It's sized just right for smaller plants, yet provides the same, powerful compact fluorescent light (CFL) as the big light stands. Use it for any foliage or flowering plants and watch them thrive like never before.

As a rule, herbs and flowering plants need higher light intensity than foliage plants. Keep the light fixture 6-10 inches (15-25 cm) above the plants for 12 to 14 hours per day. Experiment with light duration to see what works best for your plants.

And don't forget...they need a rest at night. Some flowering house plants won't set buds unless they get at least 12 hours of continuous darkness. Plug your light fixture into a Power Strip with Timer so that the lights are turned on and off at the same times every day.

Are your indoor plants getting enough light?

Long spaces between leaves and spindly stems are only two signs of insufficient light.

Plants that don't get enough light will "reach" toward a window, and flowering plants may refuse to bloom.