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I love growing things, whether it’s flowers, fruit, and vegetables in containers and raised beds outdoors or orchids, African violets, and fiddle leaf figs indoors. I can almost always find a way to justify adding to my plant collection. Sometimes indoor plants need a boost, though. If natural light conditions aren’t ideal — say, for example, your houseplants are a little far from a bright window — then your plants will benefit from special grow lights.
You can find grow lights at nurseries, hardware stores, or on Amazon (because what can you not find on Amazon?). In February of 2022, Aldi also sold a grow light as a limited-time special. It’s a good way to give your houseplants some extra light, or to get a head start on sprouting seedlings for the spring.
The Aldi grow light is sold under the Gardenline house brand, and it’s a far cry from the purely functional industrial grow lights I’ve seen some gardeners use. The Aldi light is stylish and looks similar to some desktop lamps. It will look right at home in your living room, on a bookshelf, on a fashionable plant stand, or wherever your plants need some extra light.
The Gardenline Dual Head Plant Grow Light cost $34.99 at the time of publication. The Aldi light looks almost identical to a Gooing Top grow light sold on Amazon for a few dollars less.
The light’s approximate dimensions are about 15 inches tall (with the lights bent at something close to a 90-degree angle), with the base (not including the clip) measuring about 8 inches by 5 inches.
Here’s more information on the light:
- Includes interchangeable solid base or desk clip
- Features a 360° flexible gooseneck
- For indoor plants, flowers, and vegetables
- Full spectrum lights include red, blue, and red/blue for seeding, vegetative growth, and flowering/budding
- Includes an auto ON/OFF timer
- Has nine dimming levels
- 10 watts
- 40 LED lights total
- Made in Taiwan
The grow light comes with a two-year warranty. For after-sales support, call 1-(888)-280-7088 or email [email protected] Questwood, by the way, is a company that specializes in solar lighting, with headquarters in Taiwan and offices in Australia and North America.
Using the Grow Light:
When you open the box, you’ll find two lights on goosenecks with a clip feature, a solid base, and a manual. The light also includes a controller, a USB connector, and an adapter.
The controller is easy to use, although the instructions in the manual aren’t well written for that purpose. I had an easier time just pushing buttons on the controller to figure out how things worked rather than reading the manual, portions of which appear to have been written by someone who does not speak English as a first language (especially the section on how the timer works).
To operate the light, push the power button to turn it on. To control the timer, press the timer button once to set it to run for 3 hours, or push the button twice to run for 6 hours, or three times to run for 9 hours. The hour amount will light up to indicate what it’s set at. To change the light color, press the button with the swirling arrows. Finally, to control the light brightness level, press the top button repeatedly until you reach your preferred brightness.
The lamp stores the last-used brightness setting, and the time function remembers that starting time and repeats it every 24 hours. You’ll need to reset the timer if you experience a power outage.
The manual and the box explain the functions of the various light colors. The blue light is best for the seedling state to help plants photosynthesize, grow new leaves, synthesize protein, and form fruit. The red light is best for vegetative growth and helps promote the growth of plant rhizomes. The red and blue light (purple) is ideal for flowering and budding, and it helps prolong the flowering period and increase yield.
I set up the light on a bedroom shelf next to a pothos plant. It looks nice on the shelf and adds some ambiance to the room. The lights do warm up a bit when they’re turned on, but they don’t seem to get too hot.
This is a stylish-looking light that would be at home anywhere in a home or office. I appreciate how versatile it is and the fact that it can stand on its own (using the included base) or it can be clipped onto a shelf or wherever you want to put it.
The only thing that remains to be seen is how well it operates over time. I’m also not sure how accurate the timer feature is. I’ll update this post with any new developments. In the meantime, this looks like a neat addition to my indoor gardening efforts.
The Gardenline Dual Head Plant Grow Light offers a boost for indoor houseplants or seedlings, especially if you can’t position your plants or sprouts near a bright window. It’s easy to use and features a timer, several different types of lights for different growth stages, adjustable brightness, flexible goosenecks, and the option to use with a flat base or clip to furniture. If you’re a houseplant aficionado or are looking to get a head start on growing plants from seed for the spring and summer seasons, this light might be worth considering.