When indoor light conditions just don’t cut it for your succulents, LED grow lights can be a valuable alternative to keep your succulents healthy and growing.
After all succulents are light and sun loving plants that will only adapt to indoor growing if they’re offered plenty of light.
LED grow lights can offer your houseplants the light spectrum needed for them to develop roots, stems and even blooms. With an optimal level of light, your succulents will thrive even indoors.
Best LED Grow Lights for Succulents
The grow lights I discuss below are my top picks in this category and I recommend them to anyone who wants to give their succulents the best possible growing conditions indoors.
– EZORKAS 9 Dimmable Levels Grow Light
These Ezorkas grow lights offer blue and red light at a wavelength that’s proven to encourage optimal growth in your succulents or other houseplants. The adjustable heads allow you to position them in a way that offers the highest amount of coverage for your plants.
Besides the four adjustable heads that make it possible to light multiple plants, these grow lights are a clip-on tabletop model, which allows easy installation.
The Ezorkas grow lamps come with a multi-function control panel that allows you to choose from 9 dimmable light modes, 3 switch modes (blue light on, red light on, and both lights on), 3 timing modes (3/9/12 hours), and an on/off function.
To power the grow light, simply connect the adapter to the device and the plug to a nearby power source.
– Ankace Full Spectrum Grow Lamp
Because they’re designed with a standard E27 socket, the grow lights are easily replaceable. The heat dissipation design prevents too much heat being transmitted to the plant.
You can set the grow lights to automatically turn on and off, so that the lights may follow the natural day and night pattern for your succulents.
Besides succulents, you can use this grow lamp for any other houseplant including herbs.
The flexible heads allow you to control the angle and distance of the light relative to your plant, so you can control the area that’s being illuminated.
– Dommia LED Grow Light for Potted Plants
But it can also double as an office or bedroom light that’s pleasing to the eyes because of its simple and efficient design.
The flexible, adjustable dual heads can be set to light your plant from different angles and optimize the light coverage of your plants.
You can fix the lamp into place via the desk clip that can be attached to any surface that’s not larger than 2 inches. The powerful grip will keep the lamp in position. The flexible goose neck design allows a 360 degree illumination of your plants.
– Roleadro Grow Light for Indoor Plants
The 10 feet double-sided tape allows you to fix the led strips to walls or wood. The lights can also be fixed with the help of zip ties.
Among its most notable features is that it’s a red and blue full spectrum grow light that simulates natural light. The auto turn on/turn off timing function can be set to turn on/off according to 3 timing modes.
The LED plant strips have 4 adjustable brightness levels (25%, 50%, 75%, 100%) allowing you to fully customize the level of light.
All plant cycles are covered from the seedling, vegetative and flowering cycle thanks to the full spectrum light offered and the adjustable light.
– GE BR30 LED Grow Lights for Indoor Plants
The bulb is specially designed for seeds and greens and works great for complementing indoor light for your succulents as well.
Although the light emitted by this bulb appears to be white to our eyes, it’s actually a red/blue light spectrum that’s perfect for high light and even low light plants.
It’s also a low-heat light that won’t transfer too much heat to your plants. Besides this feature, it’s also energy efficient and long-lasting (up to 25,000 hours or 3 years).
All these grow lights are suitable for offering more light to your succulents in indoor spaces. They easily integrate with the aesthetics of most homes and come with the advantage of being easy to install.
How Many Hours of Light do Succulents Need?
The light requirements of succulents are different, depending on their variety. Some enjoy more exposure to full sun than others, but all succulents will require lots of sunlight for healthy development.
A few hours of direct sun exposure is needed by almost all succulents. At the very minimum, succulents that require full sun will need to be exposed for 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
In the rest of the day, they’ll require bright indirect light. Other succulents may adapt to bright indirect light, and may need more than 8 hours of light per day.
Indoors, it may be difficult to ensure this level of sun exposure. Almost all succulents need bright indirect light, at the very least, to thrive indoors.
Of course, there are ways you can supplement indoor light with the help of LED grow light or lamps, and your succulents will be none the wiser, being unable to distinguish between natural and artificial light.
Another way to offer your succulents enough light is to move them outdoors in the summer. But if you do, do this gradually.
Carefully increase the amount of time you leave your succulents exposed to direct sunlight to acclimate them to new conditions without damage to their leaves and stems.
Can You Keep Succulents in Direct Sunlight?
As I’ve just mentioned, exposure to direct sunlight of succulents that were previously kept indoors should happen gradually.
If they’re exposed without being acclimated to new light conditions, they can exhibit leaf burn symptoms.
That said, some succulents will thrive only if they have access to direct sunlight, while other succulents will not tolerate too many hours of full sun per day.
For example, cacti will not take issue with 6-8 hours or more of direct sun exposure, but a Jade plant (Crassula ovata) may not enjoy it and may even display symptoms of excess sun exposure.
It’s important that you research the light requirements of your succulent variety and try to offer it light along those guidelines.
It also helps to monitor changes in growth pattern, leaf size, leaf density, and color to see if your succulent is receiving too little or too much light.
How Do You Know if Succulents Need More Light?
Besides knowing how much light your succulents need per day, it also helps to keep an eye on how your succulents are developing when exposed to certain levels of light. When deprived of light, succulents can develop certain symptoms including:
- Elongation of stems and leaves, making the plant grow taller (etiolation), or sparse and lanky top growths
- Flattened leaves (for example rosettes will flatten) or arching of lower leaves that start pointing downwards
- Fading of colors (vibrant or deep green colored succulents will become pale and pasty)
- Markings may fade away (succulents that feature white markings, may lose their markings)
These are the most common symptoms that may develop on your succulents. On succulents that otherwise have a trailing habit, it may be difficult to notice symptoms of etiolation, so you must rely on other symptoms.
If you notice symptoms of light deprivation, you should increase the amount of light to your succulents. But do so gradually, especially when you’re moving indoor succulents outdoors during summer.
Receiving enough sunlight during the growth season is essential for your succulents. Therefore, succulents that are actively growing from spring to summer should receive lots of light.
In winter, when they enter dormancy and stop growing, sunlight is not that crucial anymore, but you should still find a sunny spot for them in your home.
It’s no secret that succulents and sunshine go hand in hand. The amount of sun they receive is closely linked to how well they’ll develop and how often they bloom.
As opposed to cacti that will require full sun most of the day, succulents require only a few hours of direct sun and indirect bright light for the rest of the day.
Growing these plants indoors can be challenging in areas where sunlight is scarce or when these plants are grown in poorly lit indoors.
For succulents that are grown exclusively indoors, LED grow lamps can be a great way to increase light levels and manage any light deficiencies that may arise.