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Dear Tracy,

 I have a snake plant which I just bought from the store. Many articles say they appreciate any light. So I'm not sure if I should get a grow light, or use my windowsill?

         With all due respect,
         David Kuang

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Hi David,
  I am very sorry it has taken me so long to answer your question. Lately my computer and I have had a tumultuous love / hate relationship.

Snake plants are plants that can adapt to just about any light conditions. They can grow, and even thrive, in an environment where they are given artificial plant light only.
You can choose to grow it in natural light from a windowsill, in artificial plant light or both.

With just a few exceptions, I usually recommend that most houseplants be given artificial plant light to supplement the natural light they get from a window.
For supplemental lighting, I like to use an incandescent plant-grow light bulb. When buying an incandescent plant-grow light, be careful that you get a plant 'grow' light and not a plant 'display' light. Plant 'display' lights are designed to make plants look good and healthy but it does not produce sufficient light in the spectrum that plants require to grow.  
Incandescent grow light bulbs can be put into any kind of lamp. I put them in small inexpensive desk lamps or in directional floor lamps (for large plants). That way I can use them anywhere.
The main drawback with incandescent plant lights is they produce a lot of heat. Plants can not be placed closer than 12 inches to the bulbs because of the large amount of heat the bulbs produce.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information please don't hesitate to ask.
Again, I apologize for it taking so long for me to answer your question
         Thanks
         Tracy  

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I can answer most questions about artificial plant lighting. I can answer questions about growing foliage plants under artificial plant lighting, what plants grow best under artificial plant lighting and how to design and set up artificial plant lighting systems. I can also answer questions about the most cost effective lights to use. I also have some experience with starting seeds under artificial lighting. I have been 'indoor gardening' for many years. I have about 75 houseplants which 60% of them are grown under artificial plant lighting. I have 5 artificial plant light systems that I designed and built myself. I have done extensive research and have about 10 years of experience with houseplants and artificial plant lighting.

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I have been 'indoor gardening' for many years. I have about 75 houseplants which 80% of them are grown under artificial plant lighting. I have 5 artificial plant light systems that I designed and built myself. I have 6 single artificial plant lights that I use for supplemental lighting. I am also a houseplant expert.

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I have done extensive research and have about 10 years of experience with houseplants and artificial plant lighting. I also have done some volunteer work assisting a master gardener for 5 years.

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