LED lighting and live plants?

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    10gallonmadness Well Known Member Member

    Quick question. Can LED lights grow live plants (for lack of better terms), or are they a no go? The only thing I would stock would be Java Moss.
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    mathas Well Known Member Member

    Plants need light of a certain spectrum and intensity to thrive. Whether that light comes from a fluorescent lamp, a metal halide lamp, or LEDs, if it's the correct wavelength(s) and of sufficient strength, plants and mosses will grow. So yes, LEDs can encourage plant growth.

    If you just buy a few random LEDs from Radio Shack, your results probably wouldn't be that great; if you do your research and select LEDs that produce the right spectrum of light and use enough of them, your results should be good.

    For further reading, the following threads might be good starting points: