How can I know whether I have the correct light level for the plants I bought?

How can I know whether I have the correct light level for growing specific houseplants? I brought home several from the garden center, and now I'm trying to figure out where to put them.
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It's good to ask this question now rather than later so you can get your plants off to a good start. You can judge the kind of light your plants will receive by holding a 12-inch-square piece of white paper where the upper part of the plant will face the light source. With your other hand held 12 inches away, cast a shadow onto the paper. If you see only the slightest shadow with indistinct edges, the light is low. If the shadow is noticeable but not distinct, the light is medium. When the light is high, the shadow will have distinct edges. Consult a good houseplant book such as Ortho's Complete Guide to Houseplants to learn what specific light conditions are needed by the plants you purchased.


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