Indoor Plant Lighting
Take a few steps to tune up the plant lights in your home. Three million indoor plants now thrive in living rooms, kitchens, offices and other private areas. They brighten the comfort of your home and the environment surrounding them, and many have even led to an increase in health.
Although such plants sometimes seem “secretive” in their behavior, the truth is that they are active, happy, pollinating and contributing to our everyday lives. In recent years, researchers have learned that some plants have the ability to produce antioxidants and specific photosensitizing chemicals. Indoor plants can even affect your psychological well-being by re-energizing you and bringing a feeling of calm and relaxation, such as that from the music played at your favorite restaurant.
Flowers, Cool Mist Soap Plants, Wall Plants and Table Plants all play an important role in our everyday lives. Gardeners often claim to plant anything into the soil around their home to enhance its beauty and functionality. However, so many of us forget to maximize all that indoor plant potential. Some lead healthier lives and enjoy better health, so they deserve our thanks.
As with any type of hobby, take steps to enrich the environment. Indoor plant lighting should offer enough light to keep the plants fully operational. The best lighting is soft and consistent, so do not focus too much heat on the plants. Many people think that other household fixtures are too harsh and can damage plants. These days, consumers can look for competitive LED lighting and thousands of different plant-friendly light bulbs, covering the spectrum from softer white to greater color.
To ensure optimal light, you will need a high-quality pot. Indoor plants need light that strikes roots, so plan on a flexible pot that is kept at the appropriate temperature. Bright conditions can damage plant roots. A perfect pot is neither too dry nor too wet, and it should be easily adjusted by placing a light bulb inside the pot to lock in the correct moisture levels. For the worst case scenario, a small irrigation spigot or two can help keep the pot stable and happy.
Pot overfilling and drapery can suffocate the plants at the base of the pot, while excessive airflow encourages bacteria growth and harm plants. Any problems with the pot may be difficult to fix, and those in need may be forced to send the plants outside.
What type of light is the best for indoor plants? Not all plants and houseplants thrive with the same amount of light, so you need to decide which type will best fit your needs. Most plants need around 400 lux of light in order to be fully functional. In the bathroom, for example, high-intensity HID (high-efficiency luminosity) lights (with 110 or 120 lux) provide light to make the area comfortable. Not a fan of those kinds of lights? Indoor plants can benefit from some of the other light-only plants as well. Wall-mounted lights are more desirable for pot sunning. Floor lamps are useful for brightening, plus they can help soak up some extra light. Table lamps are great for shade, and plant glows can produce good lighting from LEDs.
These light sources cannot perform miracles on their own. To keep your plants thriving, take a few minutes to experiment with different light settings. Your preference should translate to the final product. There are many combinations of lights that can create varied, unobstructed blooms that give a design update to your house or patio.
In terms of lighting, an explosion of smart gadgets is on the horizon. These digital lights can help you keep track of when plants need water or fertilizer, knowing when to begin watering and fertilizing. To bring digital light to the next level, you can install our new and innovative Indoor Plant Smart products. Features such as Smartnoise automatically dims lights to avoid annoying or irritating noise.
All these features enable you to effectively light your plants without a tangle of wires or a taxing monitor. From vampiric pop music to fun Easter decor, Indoor Plant Smart plugs in seamlessly to anything you can imagine!
We already know that plants help to boost your mental health and well-being. In order to make a difference, you must take the time to give your plants a boost, as well. We hope this article touches your heart and adds to your list of home renovation projects.