People dim their houselights for a number of reason, from saving on energy to cooling down the house. Some indoor growers apply this idea to their lighting setup in their grow room, which can be problematic for their plants.
Can you dim your grow lights? Yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. When it comes to whether or not you should dim your grow lights, the answer should be “no.”
Why You Shouldn’t Dim Your Grow Lights
Your grow lights are not like your typical household lights. Your plants depend on indoor grow lamps to be operating at 100 percent in order to get the full benefit of your bulb’s light spectrum.
Dimming does more than darken the room; it shrinks the overall effectiveness of a custom light spectrum. Light spectrums are specifically designed to provide the right wavelengths of energy for your plants. A dimmed light won’t provide the same exclusive spectral distribution and can change the quality of plant growth.
The Effects of Dimming Your Grow Lights
It’s understandable that some growers may want to dim their grow lights, but it’s best to keep your lamps at full power. Ultimately, it’s better to use a 600 watt grow lamp running at full power than to dim a 1000 watt bulb.
Learn more grow light tips in our Indoor Grow Guide to find out more useful information about indoor gardening and grow light management. Once you’re set, look for a local HORTILUX retailer near you and buy your own grow lights for your indoor garden today.