Are Incandescent Lamps Good for Indoor Gardening?

January 11, 2019

Incandescent lamps are frequently the first choice of new indoor gardeners, as well as those who want to grow an individual plant or a small collection of plants. While you can keep standard foliage and some easy-care bloomers growing with an incandescent grow lamp, it is the least efficient and effective option.

A traditional incandescent bulb can be bright, but hot.
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The low output of usable light and high output of unwanted heat makes an incandescent lamp a less-than-desirable choice for growing any sort of edible crop, especially those that produce fruit.

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