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Do plants grow differently when given sun light, wolfram lamp, fluorescent light, LED light, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, unfocused laser and stroboscope?

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absolutely - plants are green because they prefer light that is shorter in wavelength than green. but like the rest of us they would die in quick order in an X-ray! See: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/450/… –  shigeta Oct 12 '12 at 0:04

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It matters a lot. Take a look at this graph: enter image description here

This graph is for the "normal" plants containing chlorophyll.

There're also "abnormal" :-) ones, simple water plants and cyanobacteria, that contain various phycobilins for photosynthesis instead of the chlorophyll.

If your question is practical, I'd recommend using specialy-designed fluorescent lamps called grow light.

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