LED Lights for Microgreens: A Discussion – Episode 010

Microgreens Podcast Episode 010

What LED Lights Do We Use?

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Microgreen Podcast Episode 010 Show Notes

This episode is a riff on LED lights for microgreens.

We discussed our thoughts on LED lights for microgreens, what we started with, and which lights we currently use. And a bit of what we have planned for a couple of new articles and podcast episodes.

LED lights are improving and becoming less expensive every month, so we expect to have many new options for the home microgreen grower shortly.

This podcast isn’t associated with any particular article, but we have a few previously published posts on lighting.

We will have many more articles on LED lights, specifically better quality grow lights, than the ones discussed in the article below.

These are linked below.

The Best Lights for Microgreens – The Home Grower

An article on what LED lights not to buy!

home microgreens sells seeds

FREE Home Microgreens Grow course that teaches you the basics of growing microgreens in your home! There are 12 video lessons (over 120 minutes), downloads, and more written information and tips!

LED Grow Lights for Microgreens, Do They Work? – Afraid Not
Are LED Grow Lights Better Than LED Shop Lights for Microgreens?

We promised a photo of the tray of microgreens that we placed very close to the Barrina lights we use. This tray was put on the shelf perpendicular to the lights, so two areas were very close to the light, and the ends and middle were farther away.

You can see that the proximity to light does matter with lower-wattage LED lights.

led lights for microgreens

What LED Lights Do We Recommend?

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Our favorite lights currently are Barrina LED lights. These are not grow lights, but they still work great for microgreens. We place the lights around 8 or 9 inches above the shelf below.

They are very inexpensive, considering you get six lights in the box. They also come in different lengths.

Barrina LED Lights.

Here are the Barrina LED grow lights we are testing for our small shelf.

Barrina LED Grow Lights – 2-foot long.

For lettuce, we use a more high-powered light. This Mars Hydro SP-150 works excellent with red-leaf lettuce!

Mars Hydro SP-150

Another LED grow light we use is from Active Grow. We use these for any of our microgreens that have a red color.

Active Grow LED Grow Lights.

We will keep adding to the list when we find other LED lights we like.


  • Todd

    Todd is the founder of Home Microgreens & the Home Microgreens store. He also writes for several other websites, including MyViewFromTheWoods.com. Todd worked at a large farm market, garden & nursery center for 20 years. Somehow he snuck off to become a geologist and professor before coming back to his senses to write & lecture about microgreens and gardening. When not at the computer, he can be found in the garden, trout stream, or mountain trail with his new Springer Spaniel Caden.

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