How to Choose a Grow Light

Discover the features and benefits of our various grow light options

LED SunLite GardenLED SunLite grow light gardens are ideal for seed-starting, herbs, and houseplants.

When it comes to growing plants under lights, gardeners have SO many options. Are you a DIY-er looking for just an individual bulb? Are you looking for a standalone lamp that is both stylish and powerful? Or are you seeking an all-in-one grow light stand to maximize your indoor growing? Let’s shed some light on our full suite of grow light options.

Grow Light Systems

Complete grow light systems offer gardeners a whole host of benefits, such as built-in trays to catch water spills, adjustable bulbs that can be easily raised and lowered as your seedlings grow, and modular design capacity, so you can expand your indoor garden over time. Plus, most of these models are just plain attractive! No need to hide your seed-starting operation away in the basement anymore; these are made to be displayed.

Individual Bulbs

For gardeners interested in a DIY approach, or dealing with space constraints, individual bulbs and fixtures are a great low-cost option, allowing you to retrofit existing fixtures, or install single grow lights where you most need them.

Standalone Grow Light Fixtures

Ideal for single houseplants that require additional light to promote healthy growth or flowering, standalone grow lamps and fixtures provide dedicated full-spectrum light in a variety of designs, including desktop, hanging pendant, and floor models.

Shop all bulbs and standalone fixtures

Grow Light Stands: Complete LED & Fluorescent Grow Light Systems

Looking for a high intensity LED in a gorgeous design that you can display front and center in your home?
Try the: Modular Bamboo Grow Light Garden 

Looking to start your entire garden from seed this year?
Try the 4-foot wide Large-Capacity SunLite

Looking to start your seedlings but have limited space?
Try the 2-foot wide Space-Saving SunLite 

Looking for an afforadable, stackable system that can grow with your garden?
Try the modular Stack-n-Grow 

Looking to accomodate plants of all sizes with flip up shelves and easy-to-reposition magnetic lights?
Try the Oslo Grow Light

 

Modular Bamboo LED Grow Light Gardens

The power of high-output LEDs

Good-looking grow lights that can bring indoor plants to flower and fruit? Absolutely!

  • High-output LEDs are twice as bright as standard LED grow lights; no height adjustment needed, even when growing light-hungry fruiting plants and seedlings
  • Optimized full-spectrum lamps are hidden behind top wooden bar so there's no distracting glare
  • Modular, stackable 3' wide units for a custom look
  • Furniture-quality construction — strong, renewable bamboo
  • Galvanized trays catch spills
  • Tall model lets you grow plants up to 45" high!
  • Optional rolling base makes it mobile (sold separately)
Bamboo LED Grow LightsModular, stackable Bamboo LED Grow Light Gardens in 3 sizes: Tall (left), Low (top right), and Medium (bottom right).
Rolling Bases sold separately.
"I have some tomatoes just starting to bear ripe fruit!! I'm loving this!"
— Amy, Frederick, MD
Bamboo featuresFeatures: Furniture-quality construction. Galvanized trays. High-output LEDs are 2x bright.

Modular Sets

Bamboo LED Grow Light Garden KitsGrow light gardens are available individually or in these three convenient configurations:

Bamboo Mini

Bamboo miniThe Bamboo Mini LED Grow Light Garden fits under kitchen cabinets, on a countertop, table or desk, and can even be stacked or hung on a wall!

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Large-Capacity SunLite® Gardens

4' of Growing Space

Tabletop and rolling floor models in 3 heights.

  • Grow thriving seedlings, houseplants, and herbs
  • Dual-bulb, height-adjustable light fixtures
  • Choose energy-efficient LEDs or affordable fluorescents
  • Sturdy aluminum frames will never rust
  • Includes heavy-duty, watertight trays
  • Floor models include casters for mobility
  • Accommodates maximum plant heights of 14" to 30", depending on model
LED SunLite 3-Tier GardenThe 4' wide shelves of our LED SunLite 3-Tier Garden provide plenty of space for growing.

 

SunLite featuresFull-spectrum lights. Pull-chains to adjust light height. Sturdy trays catch spills. Caster roll easily.
SunLite GardensLED SunLite® Gardens: 3-Tier, 2-Tier, and Tabletop

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Space-Saving SunLite® Gardens

Same SunLite features, but just 2' wide

Compact tabletop and rolling floor models in 3 heights.

  • Start seeds and grow thriving herbs and houseplants anywhere!
  • Dual-bulb, height-adjustable 2' light fixtures
  • Choose energy-efficient LEDs or affordable fluorescents
  • Sturdy, rustproof aluminum frames with watertight plastic trays
  • Each floor model has casters, so you can roll where you need it — even into a closet!
LED SunLite Compact 2-Tier Garden With 2' wide shelves, the LED SunLite Compact 2-Tier Garden has room for seedlings and houseplants.

Compact SunLite Gardens Compact LED SunLite® Gardens: 3-Tier, 2-Tier, and Tabletop
Related Article: How to Grow Herbs Indoors

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Modular Stack-n-Grow Light Gardens

The perfect starter system that grows with you!

Ease into indoor growing with 3' wide stackable units. We show you how easy it is to build your Stack-n-Grow growing station.

  • Energy-efficient LED and fluorescent options
  • Dual-bulb, height-adjustable light fixtures
  • Lightweight, super-sturdy plastic frames and shelves
  • Easy assembly and light fixture height adjustment
  • Available as a Garden Starter Kit, complete with seed-starting supplies
LED Stack-n-Grow Light Garden With Stack-n-Grow, you start with the lights you need now, and add more modular units as your indoor garden expands.
Stack-n-Grow Light GardenStart with the Stack-n-Grow Base Unit, left, and place one or two Add-On Units on top as needed.

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Oslo Customizable Grow Lights

Flip-shelf, rolling grow light in two heights

 

  • High-output LED lamps need no height adjustment
  • Repositionable magnetic light fixtures
  • Shelves flip up for maximum headroom
  • Smooth-rolling, lockable casters
  • Frame sets up quickly out of the box
  • Folds up flat for storage
  • Optional matching trays catch drips and spills

Oslo FeaturesFeatures: Magnets hold the full spectrum LED fixtures in place. Optional matching trays catch spills. Folding shelves make room for plants tall and small. Locking casters for safety and mobility.

Oslo Customizable Grow LightsOslo Customizable Grow Lights: 4-Tier and 2-Tier. Also available, Oslo Grow Light Trays.

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Individual Grow Light Bulbs & Fixtures

DIY, retrofit & affordable grow light options

Purchasing an individual bulb is a great low-cost option for gardeners interested in a DIY grow light system. Retrofit an existing shop light fixture with an LED grow bulb or install a simple hook and chain fixture and hang a bulb anywhere in the house. If you plan to use a fluorescent bulb, be sure to match up the size of the fixture with the correct bulb size; for grow lights, these are generally T5 or T8 (the “T” stands for “tube” while the number indicates the bulb diameter in eighths of an inch).

LED Grow Light BulbsLED Grow Light Bulbs Stack-n-Grow Light GardenT5 Fluorescent Grow Lights Stack-n-Grow Light GardenT8 Fluorescent Grow Lights
LED Grow Light BulbsHigh-Output LED Grow Lights Stack-n-Grow Light GardenLED Grow Light Fixtures  

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Standalone Grow Light Fixtures

Functional & fashionable full-spectrum grow lamps

Need a little extra light for your precious houseplants, but don’t want to sacrifice style, space, or a good reading light? Whether a desktop, pendant, or floor model, a standalone fixture provides full spectrum plant-growing power in a compact and classy design. These are ideal for single (or multiple!) houseplants that require additional light to promote healthy growth or flowering.

Adjustable 3-Arm LED Grow LampAdjustable 3-Arm LED Grow Lamp Alden LED Grow LampAlden LED Grow Lamp Agrobrite Desktop LED Plant LampAgrobrite Desktop LED Plant Lamp
Agrobrite Floor LED Plant LampAgrobrite Floor LED Plant Lamp Barnyard Pendant LED Grow LightBarnyard Pendant LED Grow Light  

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Grow Light Accessories

Trays, timers, humidity covers & more

Once you’ve settled on your grow light setup, be sure to add the right indoor gardening accessories to help lighten your workload and ensure your indoor growing success. Timers help you grow more effectively by keeping your plants on a pre-determined lighting schedule. Trays keep your grow setup neat, catching soil and water spills. Humidity covers help speed up germination rates, so you can grow larger seedlings in less time.


Bulb Fiction: The True Value of Fluorescent and LED Grow Lights

Fluorescent bulbs are an excellent choice for brand new gardeners or gardeners looking for just a few weeks of grow light use per year (seed starting, for example). They’re super affordable and have moderate lifespans (typically around 10,000 hours). Fluorescents come in an assortment of shapes from traditional “bulb-shaped” compact fluorescents (CFLs) to tubes. 

For an illuminating deep-dive on grow light terminology and technical specs, check out: Grow Light Basics, Explained

LED bulbs have exploded in popularity over the last several years. They typically cost a bit more upfront, but growers may find that their longevity and energy efficiency are well worth it. LEDs can have a lifespan 3-5 times as long as traditional fluorescent bulbs, and specific “high output” LEDs deliver even BRIGHTER light for each unit of energy they consume. Below, we compare the 3 main types of grow light bulb.

Light Fluorescent LED High Output LED
Best for:
Seedlings
Herbs
Succulents
Leafy Houseplants
Cactus    
Features:
Brightness ✔ ✔
Energy Efficiency ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Mercury-Free Bulbs  
Shatter-Proof Bulbs  
Optimized Spectrum  
Light Height adjustable adjustable none needed
Grow Light Stand Models SunLite Gardens, Stack-n-Grow SunLite LED Gardens, Stack-n-Grow LED Bamboo LED Garden, Oslo Garden
Set Your Seeds Up For Success: How to Garden With Grow Lights

 

Seedlings

Last updated: 12/04/2023