Indoor gardening under fluorescent lighting

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Phisherman wrote:

The fluorescent lamps typically used for illumination are of little to no benefit for plants as they do not produce the wavelengths necessary for photosynthesis. You should choose those fluorescent lamps specifically engineered for growing plants... they don't appear to produce light of much intensity but they do produce the correct wavelengths for growing plants rather than for illumination. Much light is not visible to the human eye, and a good thing, or we'd be either blind or dead... most harmful rays are filtered/absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere... EVERYTHING absorbs light (energy).

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