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Can I grow plants under lights in my office?

"I spend a lot of time in our basement where my home office is. Unfortunately, the only natural light is from one tiny window. Can I grow plants under lights in my office?"
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Adding plants to your office is a good idea, and it will require minimal supplies. Supplemental lights such as full-spectrum fluorescent tubes, metal halide bulbs, and high-pressure sodium bulbs make gardening possible where there is little or no natural light. Position the lights 6-8 inches above the tops of the plants, and raise the lights as the plants grow. Use a timer to keep the lights on a schedule. With the added greenery, you'll have better air quality and prettier surroundings, so you'll no doubt be much more productive!

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