No light, no chiliväxter live!

If you're going to grow chili indoor plants must get a light supplements if you cannot place them in a bright window. As long as the plants are at the window do most – even during the time when the days are short. We will place on the other hand, chiliplantorna a piece into a common room is not enough natural light for very long.

When planning lighting for themselves has been pretty much the only two things to take into consideration – the light is effective from the point of view of work and/or that it contributes to a pleasant atmosphere.

When to give their chiliplantor artificial light it becomes immediately more complicated. Among other things, you have to know what strength and what color temperature light has. Therefore, you can not only choose light sources that have the highest impact for a low-cost money or light that is good for our eyes. We must first of all choose a light that most closely resembles the natural light.

What to andväda for lighting source!

For chiliodling does not fit the usual glow lamp particularly well, but it is referred to using CFLs, Fluorescent lamps, HPS (high pressure sodium), MH (metal halide) or Led lamps intended for crop production. For hobby farming of chili is fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, the most common and cheapest option and which also gives a good result. Using fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, you need fixtures but good reflectors so that the light is directed downward in order to get the maximum effect of its lighting.

Lu's strength

The light output is measured in lumens, and the luminous intensity in candelas, While the drive for lighting, lux. One lux equals one lumen per square meter and a lumen is equal to one candela. In order for a chiliplanta to clear his life must get 500-600 Lux under 10 – 16 hours per day. Would it be chiliplantan to thrive so well that it develops and becomes larger and put flowers and fruits, light intensity values produced shall lie between the 700 and 1 000 Lux 14 – 16 hours per day.

One of the conditions is that the light source is approximately 20 – 100 cm. above the plants, and the plants are so compact that they don't cover up more than about 1 square meters. It has many plants need more light, of course. We must also be aware that the farther away from the plants State of the light source is positioned to reduce the effect of light, It has a strength of 1000 lumens at 20 cm you have just 250 lumens if you raise the lights to 40 cm above the plants. The brightness is reduced to one-quarter when it doubles the distance.

Color temperature

When using compact fluorescent bulbs, it is color and which one 6500 k 4000 k usually use and with fluorescent color 840 (cool white 4000 k) and 865 (Daylight 6500 k) You can use both colors at once.

For plant illumination, it is difficult to give some general advice on what to use of different lighting sources. What I have found is that if you have only a few plants so it is sufficient 1 – 2 low energy light bulbs hang about 20 cm above the chiliplantorna. It has many plants and need to illuminate a larger area it is fluorescent a better option when the fluorescent lamps are available in various lengths. If there is any benefit to using Led lighting for plants is a more expensive option, I can not comment on yet but I'm going to start a study to form me an idea if it is worth the cost at the hobby growing chili.

Keep in mind that there is no lamp in the world can compare to the Sun!

Do you have any concerns or ideas about lighting for chiliodling so please comment my posts.

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26 Responses to No light, no chiliväxter live!

  1. Hi!
    Just found your blog that contains a lot of interesting, should be fun to read. Myself have begun with some Hydroponic growing including chilli as I pushed up in a rootit kit. Saw your youtube video and that's how I found here. Test right now a super growspot on 15 w who works in a range of 660/460 NM which is what plants need. Unfortunately, my lamp not fully optimally located when I have a vertial solution with pots. The pot at the top keep getting 3400 Lux, subsequent 120 and last only 30 so that makes a huge difference. Will be interesting to see how they evolve as. (Is a photographer so I have light meters) / < a href = "" rel = "external nofollow" class = "url" > < cite class = "fn" > Niklas

    • Jon says:

      Have recently started with some cultivation of chilli plants, saw your video on youtube, had major problems with finding the right lights, but I managed to find a good site that sold lots of LED light tubes all types. Just thought it might help someone here.

      • Stig Häggkvist says:

        Hi! Great tips hope pipes is that when there is both good and bad tubes. You get a little suspicious when the price is low but what I can see, performing these concerns about. 87 lumens/watt and then clears price image. The more expensive tubes that I use to test now gives 140 lumens/watt, but they cost 3 times more.

  2. Stig Häggkvist says:

    Hi Nicklas! Yes is supposed to do a study where I test Led for just chiliväxter and have had some Part to test ramps with. One of the ramps have a range of (430NM, 450NM, 635NM, 660NM) and also a pulsed light but this is not something you see with the human eye. In the case of Led for plants so you can not measure lux or lumen. In the case of plants, the aim is to obtain the amount of light that is available to the plant's photosynthesis and the measured in micromoles photons per second and per square meter within the COUPLE. This is expressed in PPFD, Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density with unit µmol/m2/s. This is a great science and fortunately I have knowledgeable people to help me with this!

  3. Christer says:

    I like many others to give me on this to grow chili for the first time..
    Have read and read and tried to put most of the memory.

    What I have stuck on though is the lighting that I hope you can give me answers to.
    If all goes as it should “which I doubt” so will I get somewhere around 10-14 plants in the end.

    I selected seeds from chiliplantor which is not growing so mkt, everything from 30-80 cm high.
    All bushes/plants will stand together in a room.
    So to the question. Fluorescent lighting or Spot?
    Fluorescent lights sounds most attractive, but when plants have been grow up a bit so may spot the better option?

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! Fluorescent lighting is the best option as it covers a much larger area than spot. Low energy light bulbs in a good light fixture that spreads the light also works it good.

  4. Anders says:

    Between the time one should highlight the winter Chili with light? 14 hours daily, I have read somewhere. But the plant must get some rest during the night? It's not light in the middle of the night where chili is native.

    Or compensate for the bad light during the day in winter for the daylight during the night as lighting all night gives; the chili gets his rest day?

  5. josefin says:

    I have trouble finding the lights it is found that meets the criteria for my chilisar to grow.
    I have an E14 light fixture above the window in which the plants are and this thought I'll get fill more function than just lighting.

    Are there any good suggestions on led/CFLs that use?

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! Just a light bulb in a E14 socket is probably not enough you should up the 30W and there are no lamps with E14 as Watts. I do not know how you have it in the, do you have plants on the whole windowsill How long is the window sill?

  6. Michael Frikvist says:

    Hi I was wondering if these plant lights hope you see link
    What what? recommend you for about 10 chilli plants I'll drive up and Hibernate next winter.
    samnt maximum distance to the plants?

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi. You should probably have a ramp with at least 2x54W T5. It is 120 cm long. When you power them up about 20 cm from when they are big, you can have about. 40 till 60 cm from the plants. The more light you have the better so even a ramp with 4x54W T5 I would recommend.

      • Michael Frikvist says:

        Hi again I bought LightWave T5 4 x 54 Watt (a total of 216 W) provides 16600 lumen.
        Length 120 cm. Width approx. 40 cm. What is the maximum area cm2 having plants at height?

  7. Maria says:

    Hi! Have just bought the LED lamps to the auto parts store to build a lights to my chilifrö-cultivation. They are kallvita, 4000(K), 720 Lumen, 9W. Is this appropriate and sufficient? (Was going to have 3 in width for sufficient space.) You write about the LED in different colors, but this is the White. It gives error spectra or how do you think? Had the equivalent of traditional fluorescent tubes have been better?

  8. Martin says:

    I'm thinking about the following product to power up and then keep the plants alive, what do you think?

    Mvh Martin

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! the light from this illumination is nothing wrong but it has little effect. Possible to push up the small but but then needed more light / power. 100W m-2 is a good benchmark. ordinary fluorescent tubes and CFLs is good. LED there with but it will be with most white light, it gets expensive if you want a good power / watt.

  9. Henry says:

    I have elsewhere on the blog read that fluorescent lamps have a ppfd about 2 ĩmol / m2 / s and with the recommendation 100w / m2, it becomes the 200 µmol. According to the specs on the lamp so the lights provide 212 µmol. Is there something wrong here?


    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! It provides secure 212 micromole but not on a m2. Possibly at a height of 20-30 cm and then highlights the no greater area. Move up the order reduces the effect quickly then the effect decreases with the square of the distance increased to double. I know there are some bulbs but µmol we've no idea at what distance value is measured. This is the value you want µmol/m2/s but there is only on certain professional lighting, unfortunately, and that is why we simplify it all and watch the lighting effect (Watt) instead of getting a benchmark.

  10. Jonny Jonasson says:

    Hi, I have the NGN reason been with chili seeds, and now cuttings 🙂
    I've driven up to a “regular” plant lamp, that now burned down. What do you if this

    The correct color temperature, and high lumens, can it be smth? Or would you possibly be able to link to other ngn on tex. Auto parts store, Claes ohlson, Jula, Equip, or similar?

    Thanks in advance from Gotland !
    // Jonny

    • Stig Häggkvist says:

      Hi! Yes it will work fine. Neither colour temperature or high lumen plays any role in växtljus it is watt that apply. the bulb that you refer to manage an area of approx. 0,5 till 1,0 M2 depending on how hot you have in the room, the room, the higher the temp the more light requiring plants.

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