Indoor planting and greenhouses are becoming popular since the start of the new millennium. Perhaps, this phenomenon happened because of the changing ways on how people live nowadays. High-rise urban living has becoming a new way of life in the city. This means, people have less space to move about, and so indoor planting has been a good choice if one wants to maintain a clean green and flowery fresh living space. Whether for personal favor or business, indoor planting has been a convenient technique for indoor gardens. Likewise, greenhouses can also be made even in a condominium or apartment space. Greenhouses look splendid when placed at the rooftop of a building.
Unlike conventional gardening, which uses all natural generation processes including natural sunlight, air, temperature, and water, indoor planting can be quite challenging. But, because of the continued progress in technology, tools and devices for indoor planting have been developed, indoor planting is now becoming easier. A critical issue in indoor planting is how to produce sunlight needed for appropriate photosynthesis of a plant. Of course, you are not around most of the time to just let the window open so that natural light comes in. To solve that issue, grow lights were invented and are continuously being enhanced using different innovative technologies.
For today’s article, I will discuss the plasma grow light. But, let me discuss briefly what a grow light is specifically. A grow light is an artificial light source or an electric light, which is distinctively designed to stimulate photosynthesis or plant growth by electromagnetic spectrum emission. Grow light is simply a substitute for natural sunlight, but it is proven to be safe and efficient. Grow light is designed in such a way that it may cater to the specific ranges of spectrum, luminous efficacy, and color temperature needed or desirable for specific plants.
Among the advances in the technology used in grow light is the plasma grow light. You sure have heard of the LED grow light. It’s the same basic principle but instead the technology uses plasma. Plasma is an excellent electric conductor. A plasma grow light is said to produce less than half of the infrared heat per watt. A British German company named Plasma International has produced grow lights based on the sulfur plasma technology. Wageningen University also conducted research on the efficiency of the sulfur plasma grow light in plant growth compared to compact fluorescent. The researchers found out that plant growth stimulated using sulfur plasma grow lights in enclosed area is 60% faster than compact fluorescent.
Plasma grow lights are available in all leading gardening shops and you might want to try them to see how they work with your indoor plants.