Proper lighting is vital for any growing system, hydroponic or otherwise. If your plants don't have access to natural light, then you'll need to install a lighting system. The two types of lights used for growing are fluorescent and LED. There are some key differences between the two, which we will go over.
Fluorescent bulbs create light by running a current through mercury in the bulb, stimulating the phosphor powder that coats the inside of the lamp. This reaction cause visible light to be produced. Fluorescent lights tend to be cheaper than LED lights, though they do have a shorter lifespan. Their low cost is the reason that use them in our lighting stands. They are good if you're just getting into growing, as their low cost reduces the barrier to entry.
LED lights use diodes that convert electricity into photons. They are more energy efficient than fluorescent bulbs, and they have a longer lifespan. Their main disadvantage is that they are more expensive than fluorescent bulbs, though their prices are gradually decreasing as technology improves. There are also many different LED options, so you'll want to make sure you do careful research if you do go this route.
Overall, both types of lights have pros and cons. LED lights are superior in terms of performance and efficiency, but there higher cost can be a deterrent. If you're just trying out gardening and aren't sure if you'll stick with it, then fluorescent bulbs are the way to go. However, if you're more serious about gardening or have been doing it for a long time, then you'll want to look into getting some high quality LEDs.
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