Q10: Except LED, are there any other technologies for grow lights ?
Column:FAQ Time:2018-07-12
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A10 Answer: There are many different technologies for creating light, some of which can work for growing plants indoors.
There are a lot of choices- here's a basic summary Grow Light Technology Comparison Table:

TechnologyNeed Ballast ?Has Toxic Mercury ?Has UV ?
Good for Taller
Plants?
Lifespan (hours)
Optimized spectrum
for plants ?
LED
No
NoYesYes
50,000~100,000Yes
FluorescentYesYesSomeNo4,000~10,000
No
InductionYesYesSomeNo25,000~100,000
No
Single-ended HPSYesYesNoYes2,000~5,000
No
Double-Ended HPSYesYesNoYes10,000~20,000No
Metal HalideYesYesYesYes2,000~5,000No
Ceramic Metal HalideYesYesYesYes2,000~5,000No
Dual-Arc HPS/MHYesYesYesYes2,000~5,000No
IncandescentNoNoNoNo1,000~2,000No
PlasmaNoNoSomeSome2,000~7,000No