Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Greenhouse

Having your own greenhouse in the back garden is the perfect way for you to grow yourself some fresh fruit and veg, whilst being able to pursue your gardening hobby no matter what the weather may be doing. In England, we can never determine what the weather will be doing, therefore we have to be as cautious as we can, just as you need to be cautious when choosing your greenhouse lighting. Whilst it may seem obvious, that you just need some lights to be able to see, there are many other reasons that the lighting in your greenhouse is essential, particularly as it helps your plants to grow. Here are a few factors to consider when it comes to choosing your greenhouse lighting, to ensure it’s the perfect kind for your greenhouse.

The Setting

Where you choose to position your greenhouse will have a large effect on your plants and how they grow. If you position your greenhouse in a shaded part of the garden that barley ever sees any sunlight, then you’re going to notice that your plants struggle. Whilst introducing artificial lighting is key with greenhouses, you also need a sufficient amount of natural sunlight to help your plants flourish and grow perfectly. Position it somewhere that receives a generous amount of sunlight throughout the day, as this will work much better for your plants and you’ll notice greater results.

Type of Greenhouse

When it comes to purchasing your greenhouse lighting, you need to first consider the type of greenhouse that you have. How you’re using your greenhouse is another key element to consider, as you could be using it for personal use, or commercial, which will therefore alter when it comes to the quantity and style of plants being grown. For commercial greenhouses, the lighting you provide needs to create a humid, adverse condition for your plants as these are commonly found in commercial conservatories. If you’re looking to grow tropical plants then you’ll find the lighting needs to create a higher humidity level, similar to tropical conditions that the plants are used too.


The lighting that you choose needs to be right for your style of greenhouse. The lighting needs to be capable of producing results that you want and therefore you need to consider what you want to grow in order to choose the perfect lights to use. For flowers that you want to grow and flourish such as Orchids, you need lighting that will focus on the spectrum of colours as this has a strong effect on the plant growth as well as flowering and fruiting. You need to consider which lights will work properly for you, as you can’t use the same ones for any plant due to this kind of effect.


One of the most common mistakes in greenhouse gardening is the energy wasting that is caused by over lighting your greenhouse. You only need to use the amount of lighting needed to heat your greenhouse and aid your plants growth. You may also find that over lighting your greenhouse will cause too much heat and result in your plants dying before they have fully grown. This is why it is so important to consider the type of lighting used for your greenhouse before going ahead and purchasing the first type you see.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.