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					Determine the optimal lighting requirements for your
 particular plant or plants to thrive if they were living
outdoors. Figure out the intensity of light and for how
        many hours a day it is needed. Often this
   information is on the plant tag or little plastic pick
      stuck in the soil of your plant. Online garden
  resources can help you make the determination if
   your plant is unmarked. This is what you need to
      mimic indoors with LEDs. If your plants grow
   outdoors in shade they need less light indoors. If
they are vegetables and grow in full sun for 14 hours
 per day outdoors then that is the bar you must meet
         in order for the plant to thrive indoors.




LED grow lights
Provide a mix of red spectrum and blue spectrum LEDs Plant
photosynthesis is most responsive to these two spectrums
 According to research conducted by NASA, mixing at least 80
percent red LEDs and roughly 20 percent blue LEDs is a successful
ratio for growing plants indoors You can easily switch out a few of
the blue LEDs for white without harming the plant growth
 This will allow you to see what�s happening with your plants
much more readily because white LEDs have a spectrum of green,
yellow and orange, which is more easily visible to the human eye
Adjust your LEDs to hang above your plant tops by LED grow lights
anywhere from 5 inches to 20 inches, according to the plant�s
size and light intensity requirements
 Your goal is to have the plant greens showered in light to their
edges but not have the light spill or be wasted on surrounding areas
where there are no plants Height adjustment of lighting helps
achieve this economy as plants grow, changing in both shape and
size
 LED grow lights, or Light-Emitting Diode lamps, are an increasingly
popular choice for indoor plant growing principally because they can
deliver more intense light output with less energy and heat
production, and they have a much longer useful life than that of high
pressure sodium, fluorescent, high-intensity discharge or
incandescent lamps Most grow lamps are used commercially and
industrially, but some residential use occurs
 LEDs are made in several colors to mimic the ranges of natural
sunlight that drive maximum photosynthesis and plant performance
are also popular because they can be used in standard bulb fittings
and do not require special ballasts or non-standard electrical fixtures
 LEDs come in 2-watt to 15-watt equivalents and in a range of sizes
and colors Determine if your plants require light and dark periods
 If so, connect your to a timer to regulate their on and off cycles to
save you time, worry and labor If your plants prefer long daylight
periods and short night periods, program the automatic timer for that
length of light cycle
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Description: save you time, worry and labor If your plants prefer long daylight