Grow Light vs. Shop Light

Last Updated on June 16th, 2023

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For contextual reasons, let us begin by setting the basic difference between these two lights. One is primarily for growing plants, while the other is for lighting areas such as a warehouse or workshop.

The grown light emits a replacement ultraviolet-like radiation that is used by plants for energy, helping them live in dark places where the sun cannot reach them. These are fantastic for indoor plants.

The shop light is typically movie scene fixtures found in abandoned dock warehouses or large car garages, normally designed to have four-foot fluorescent tubes, the fixture itself may lose out to the bulbs themselves as far as memorability goes.

Red light making plants look red - Grow Light vs. Shop Light.

Which one is More Popular?

This used to be a monumental landslide in favor of the shop light, but still, to this day, the shop light will be more popular; even the places that utilize industrial grow lights will also have shop lights to help light walkways and working areas.

However, as plant-growing economies begin to develop a new niche in the world’s markets, the need for growing lights will become even more demanding.

It will be interesting to see if, here in the future, these two technologies become one, leading to a new future of light bulb technology, even so good as to charge indoor mini solar panels.


What are the Differences Between Them?

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, for contextual purposes, we mentioned that the main differences between these two lights would be the utilization of the fixtures.

One being for lighting up areas and the other to help plant growth within an indoor controlled environment. The other differences will include how the bulbs release energy and light.

The shop light was originally and most famously known for having long lightsaber four-foot bulbs but has recently been manufactured with LED light technology.

The grow light emits plant-oriented electric produced light at a spectrum like daylight or customized for a particular plant being grown; to replace what the sun provides daily.


Pros vs. Cons: Grow light vs. Shop light

The pros of using a new-age LED shop light will include but are not limited to, energy efficiency that will help save electricity and provide the workspace with enough light.

One con is that the LED is expensive compared to the fluorescent standard bulbs seen in Hollywood, which will also be a con for the grow lamps.

As the technology improves with the growth of lights, the price tag will follow in the upward direction, making it a pricey proposition to start up any sort of growing operation.

The pro would be that with this light source, a person can grow food, medicine, and spices indoors in a safe and controlled environment, even in space.


Price Range: Grow light vs. Shop light

This is an interesting question regarding the grow light; unlike the shop light, there are going to be multiple different forms these “plant growing fixtures” can take.

For instance, there are going to be options for ‘mini grow table lamps’ that can provide enough light for smaller plants (tailored to small apartment dwellers and dorm room students) that will cost no more than a hundred dollars or so.

Then there will also be large light fixtures that are intended for commercial growing operations which can reach upwards of a few thousand dollars.

Then you will have the shop light, which has leveled out as far as market value is concerned. The more inexpensive options will be in the dozen to a few dozen dollar range, with a few of the more expensive options costing a thousand plus.


Final Verdict: Grow light vs. Shop light

These two lighting options are the next step in lighting technology, making space travel possible. One of the more difficult things to plan for when considering going out into space for exploration would be how to feed the crew.

These grow lights will provide enough ‘solar nutrients’ to stimulate plant growth, including veggies and fruit.

The shop light has a new top-of-the-line innovative light bulb that is called ‘daylight,’ and as you can surmise, these newer technologies may become one ‘sunlight fixture’ that does both, which bodes well for those thinking about space exploration.

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