Researchers can successfully grow plants using only artificial light in growth chambers. But sunlight is best for most plants. It’s generally more intense than artificial light, and it’s pretty equally distributed among the different wavelengths that earthly plants have evolved to like best.
Just so, can plants photosynthesize with artificial light?
Yes, photosynthesis can occur in artificial light, provided the plant receives the correct wavelength of the light spectrum. … During photosynthesis, light energy is converted into chemical energy. The first phase of photosynthesis or light reaction is the photochemical phase.
Beside above, can any LED light be used as a grow light?
LED Bulbs for Grow Lights
You can use any LED bulb to grow plants if they are emitting enough light. Plants often also look for warmth to come from the light source and we know LED bulbs do not provide much of that.
What kind of artificial light is best for plants?
- Fluorescent lights are by far the most economical and easy choice for houseplants. …
- Incandescent lights give off a lot of heat and should be placed farther away from plant foliage. …
- LED lights are also a low heat, energy-efficient artificial light source.
Duration of Light
Most houseplants do well with 12-16 hours of artificial fluorescent light each day. Too little light will result in elongated, spindly growth and too much light will cause a plant to wilt, color to fade, soil to become excessively dry and foliage to burn.
The best wavelengths of visible light for photosynthesis fall within the blue range (425–450 nm) and red range (600–700 nm). Therefore, the best light sources for photosynthesis should ideally emit light in the blue and red ranges.
Generally, sunlight is best for plant growth, since artificial lights cannot replicate the specific colors of light (wavelengths) that are optimal for plants. However, artificial lights can work well to supplement sunlight, especially during winter or where sufficient sunlight is unavailable.
While natural light is produced by the sun, artificial light sources can include incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Sunlight contains all the colors of the spectrum, which is necessary for photosynthesis in plants.