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February 19, 2018 7 min read 6 Comments
Why make an indoor garden?
Here at The Hippie House, we absolutely love gardening and can help just about anyone grow a green thumb. There is something so rewarding about taking a tiny seed and watching it flourish into a plant producing fruits and flowers ripe for the picking. It's a beautiful cycle of life that can become quite addictive over time.
Living in Australia, we all know the climate can be a huge issue when growing a garden. Whether it's the continuous days and months with excessive sun and heat, watching foliage just literally get burnt alive, or the freezing days and months where plants slowly become frozen, outdoor gardening in Australia can cause many headaches for even the most experienced growers.
My personal workaround for Australia’s harsh climate is to have an indoor garden as backup. There's nothing more painful than having a harvest ruined due to circumstances out of your control like inclement weather or bugs and pests. Ever since Tropical Cyclone Yasi (the biggest storm in Queensland’s history) in 2011, where I had a garden completely wiped out, I always keep half of my garden outdoors with the other half indoors. Safely protected from the elements, indoor gardens can be lifesavers in certain situations. As they say, never hold all your eggs in one basket.
LED, HID and fluorescent - which is best?
When gardening indoors, you're literally creating an artificial environment for the plants to grow in, meaning there are many factors coming into play. You've got to set an ideal temperature, create a medium where the plant can be fed and grow, and, most crucially, create a light source for the plants to thrive under. Although this sounds simple enough, you’re bound to miss a few things when starting out. My first grow was definitely not a big success and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I kept at it though, and after the second and third attempts things started to improve. Like most things in life, the more times you do it the better you get.
In this blog post we will be discussing lighting for indoor gardens. There are three main options to choose from:
- HID (metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS))
While HID lights were the go-to in indoor hydroponics for a number of years, LED grow lights are now considered to be the best option for your indoor garden. Back when I first started indoor gardening in 2011, LED grow light technology was still in its early stages of development and left a lot to be desired. However, with over a decade of technological advancements, we are now finding LED grow lights taking over as the most popular choice with indoor gardeners. Fluorescent lights are great for early stages of growth and propagation, however, just aren't strong enough for a hardy growth and the flowering cycles when compared to LED.
There are two key points that make LED grow lights a great choice; low heat output and low electricity consumption. With high temperatures in Australia and the constant rise of the cost of electricity, LED’s provide an extremely attractive option for indoor gardeners.
Where can you buy LED grow lights online in Australia?
With hundreds of different brands and thousands of different models, figuring out which LED grow lights to buy can be an extremely complicated process. You could already have cropped out once or twice by the time you’ve finished researching and making your decision. Who wouldn’t prefer to be getting their hands dirty in the garden rather than spending weeks online trying to figure out which grow lights to buy?
Luckily, at The Hippie House, we've already done all of the hard work for you. We stock an awesome range of LED grow lights in the best brands and models, as well as all of the accessories you might need. We only carry the most trusted names in indoor hydroponics so you really can’t go wrong when buying LED grow lights at The Hippie House. Better yet, if you're still unsure, our team of hydroponic experts can easily provide you with all of the answers you seek in regard to LED grow lights.
Comparing LED grow lights
The discrepancies in price are the most obvious and biggest factor when it comes to comparing LED grow lights. You can find lights for under $200, while the most expensive could cost you upwards of $4000. So, what’s the difference?
As with most electronics, it all comes down to three things: technology, features and branding. At The Hippie House, we've tested the majority of the leading LED grow lights around the world and have found it possible to get good results with most of them (not all).
Read on to find the LED grow lights we recommend for both commercial growers and home gardeners.
For commercial growers whose harvests are their livelihood, we recommend purchasing Electric Sky LED's. Coming in two different sizes, the ES180 and the ES300, these lights are truly some of the best in the world.
They're commonly referred to as the Holy Grail of grow lights and it's easy to see why. Their results are just as good as the sun's, if not better.
We only tend to recommend Electric Sky lights to commercial growers purely due to the price. However, if you're a hobbyist or just starting out you can still get great results with other lights which won't break the bank.
For home growers, we recommend either Viparspectra LED grow lights, Mars Hydro LED grow lights or LP COB LED grow lights. All three companies have been in the LED grow light industry for over a decade and their lights offer great results in both the flowering and vegetative growth stages.
Each brand has a range of models to choose from depending on your growing area. Smaller gardens only require lights with around 300 watts. If your growing area is a little larger, you might need a larger wattage light around 750W or 1000W. If you're unsure what coverage you'll need, you can find each light's core and max coverage within the product descriptions for all of our listings.
Note: core coverage means flowering while max coverage means vegetative growth. LED's will generally cover larger vegetative spaces. If you're growing flowering plants like tomatoes, you should use the core coverage as your guide.
Viparspectra are one of our favourite brands thanks to their affordability and high performance. I've personally achieved great results in both the growth and flower cycles from these lights.
At The Hippie House, we're proud to be authorized distributors of Viparspectra lights right here in Australia. This means we offer full warranties and can answer any questions or concerns regarding their products. We also carry all the spare parts in case anything ever goes wrong and even have our own specialised Viparspectra technicians in-house.
Click Here To Buy Viparspectra LED Grow Lights In Australia
Mars Hydro are veterans of the grow light industry and create some great LED grow lights. They have a wide range of LED's for many different applications.
As well as grow lights, Mars Hydro produce high quality grow tents which provide complete control of your growing environment. If you're looking to up your game, we sell Mars Hydro grow kits which you can check out by clicking here.
Click Here To Buy Mars Hydro LED Grow Lights In Australia
Hi-Par are one of the world leaders when it comes to horticulture and digital lighting technologies. Known for their range of powerful and durable ballasts, Hi-Par's products are perfect for medical, industrial and hobby horticulturalists alike.
We stock a wide range of controllable ballasts, high pressure sodium (HPS), ceramic metal halide (CMH) and double ended (DE) fixtures. We also carry Hi-Par's innovative Control Station which allows simultaneous control of LED and HID lighting fixtures.
Click Here To Buy Hi-Par Horticultural Lights Online In Australia.
Spider Farmer LED grow lights are made for all types of growth from propagation (clones and cuttings) to seedling growth, as well as vegetative growth and flowering. These impressive grow lights are fitted with high efficiency Samsung diodes and dimmable Meanwell drivers, making them a great choice for expert growers who appreciate top-quality and hefty yields.
We carry Spider Farmer's flagship models in the SF1000, SF2000 and SF4000, in addition to Spider Farmer grow light kits, grow tents and more!
Click Here To Buy Spider Farmer LED Grow Lights In Australia
Although a slightly lesser known brand, Lushpro manufacture reliable grow lights that produce fantastic results. We have a strong working relationship with the manufacturer who also produce various hydroponic equipment including pots, systems, pumps, harvesting equipment and much more.
We've personally tested both the 200 watt COB and the 900 watt light and were extremely pleased with the results.
Click Here To Buy COB LED Grow Lights In Australia
If you’ve got a tight growing space, you might be interested in LED strips for propagation. With all the features you’d expect from LED grow lights, our range of T-LED’s and light strips are perfect for hanging from kitchen benches or shelving.
Browse some of our options below.
Our grow light kits take the guesswork out of choosing the best lights and accessories. We’ve got a number of bundles to ensure you’ve got everything you need for your indoor garden setup. With a range of all the best brands and models, you can’t go wrong with our grow light kits.
At The Hippie House, we’re always here to help. That’s why we offer custom-built hydroponic systems, specially designed for your needs.
If you’re confused or need help getting your indoor garden or greenhouse started, simply fill out our form here and one of our hydroponic gardening gurus will draft a system designed specifically for you. Within 24 hours you will receive the draft, where we will discuss the equipment chosen, swap and replace items if required, and make adjustments until you are completely satisfied. Follow the link through the image below to get started on your custom-built hydroponic system!
We understand choosing grow lights for your indoor garden can be a tough decision. If you're still unsure or have any questions, you're always welcome to contact our support team of hydroponic experts.
They can assist you with any questions you have and walk you through the entire process. We'll have you up and running with your very own indoor garden in no time!
Contact Our LED Grow Light Experts
February 27, 2020
One of our sale reps will reach out to help you get some lighting sorted for your roof terrace.
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February 26, 2020
Please can you send prices. I have three roof terraces on a residential project with planting close to core of building that may need a little extra help.
The Hippie House
June 10, 2019
It really depends on what type of light. Usually we don’t recommend larger units unless you’ve built a special housing unit as they are extremely bright. I have seen some people build in led strips into bench tops and under the cabinets which looks great and gives off enough light for leafy greens. We do carry a few kitchen smart gardens which work great as well – take a look here:
However if you’ve already got established plants I would recommend looking at the clippable LED grow light below.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support who will gladly assist you.
The Hippie House
June 10, 2019
Hi. Would it be a good idea to put a grow led light above tge kitchen bench where i kerp a group of plants? Many thanks.
The Hippie House
June 09, 2019
Thanks for getting in touch. One of our team members will send you an email shortly with some recommendations.
The Hippie House
June 09, 2019
We have a 6 x3 metre glasshouse in which we grow a variety of orchids. Plenty of light over the spring, summer and autumn months. We would like an inexpensive LED lighting to use over the months of less light. Any suggestions?
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