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Red and Blue LED Lights Make Indoor Vegetable Gardening Easier and More Affordable
| January 26th, 2011
Category: DIY LED, Recent Blog Posts

Indoor gardening just got a lot more accessible. Dutch scientists have figured out how to grow fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers, beans, corn, peppers, zucchini and raspberries, using only blue and red LED lights. It had been previously thought that only decorative plants could be grown in this way; fruit and vegetable-bearing plants require more energy to create healthy produce, and scientists previously thought that LED lights would not provide a strong enough light source for these types of plants. The new findings have significant implications for indoor urban gardening and even for growing food in space. The new method also allows gardeners to forgo pesticides and insecticides and cut back on water consumption by 95 percent, compared to other indoor gardening methods.

According to NDJ World, the scientists say their new growing method can be “used anywhere in the world and in any climate condition.” Given the food shortages taking place around the globe, news like this is definitely a step in the right direction. (Get more info here.)

It turns out that while this is breaking news to the Dutch scientific community, some clever gardeners in the United States have been growing vegetables with red and blue LED lights for quite some time. On The Cheap Vegetable Gardener, a website for green-thumbed people on a budget, there’s an ongoing forum about how to use your old LED Christmas lights to create affordable indoor grow boxes for seedlings. Check it out, and give it a try…we welcome your posts on the LEDIY section of our website!

Thanks to Cheap Vegetable Garden and NDJ World, for the image and quote.

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  1. [...] Red and Blue LED Lights Make Indoor Vegetable Gardening Easier … http://www.elementalled.com/leducation/Indoor gardening just got a lot more accessible. Dutch scientists have figured out how to grow fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers, beans, corn, [...]

  2. [...] Here is a handy article about an operation in the Netherlands using red and blue LED’s to grow vegetables indoors [...]

  3. Dennis Sanders sanders says:

    Real nice web site

  4. Nunya B says:

    Thorium reactors is another industry lie for another dirty business. NO THANKS. I prefer “off grid” local power generation via wind/solar and spare me your tired arguments

  5. Uncle B says:

    Northern folks need to file this under survival techniques, and burn it to disk! Chinese Thorium fueled LFTR reactors, LED’s make Northern climates livable as oil prices rise, bringing food prices with them.

  6. jose miguel says:

    me encanta como se lo an currado estoy muy interesado en las pantallas de leds y si pudierais mandarme un esquema del montaje pantalla de leds o un tutorial gracias y un saludo

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