A fixture garden indoor light can help keep your plants happy inside through the winter months, allow you to start seeds in the spring and keep your houseplants happy all year long without having to invest in a greenhouse.
Finding Indoor Garden Lights
If you have a local garden supply center that focuses on houseplants, orchids or other indoor gardening, you may be able to find indoor garden light fixtures there. Alternatively you should be able to find basic grow light bulbs and some fixtures to fit them at your favorite hardware or home improvement store.
If you'd rather shop online for these products, check out the following websites:
- Specialty Lights has a huge selection of grow lights and fixtures, most of which are on the higher end of the price scale. There's lots of good information here about the differences between different kinds of lights, how to position your lights and more.
- Gardener's Supply Company offers a number of indoor lighting options, including tabletop kits, high intensity lights, and lighted grow stands.
- Gardener's Supply has a two-tier grow light unit that looks like a bookshelf on wheels with lights attached. There's also a three-tier model and a tabletop-sized light for those with larger or smaller spaces.
Build Your Own Frame
If you buy a fixture garden indoor light that does not come with a frame, you will need some kind of mechanism that will hold the light and allow you to adjust the height of the light from the plants as they grow.
The good news is, this kind of construction project does not have to be difficult or that expensive. The Salt Lake County Cooperative Extension Service has great, simple plans on its website for a grow light frame built out of PVC pipe. You can change the width of the frame to suit your needs and the size of fixture you have. Adding chains to the light and hooks to the frame allow you to move the light up and down easily.
Extend the Gardening Season
Being able to grow plants inside is a great way to extend the season and to keep gardeners from getting itchy thumbs when they can't go play in the dirt outside. Setting up a proper grow light system will give your plants the best possible start.