Out of Japan, here's something for plant-loving city dwellers. My Plant, a plant-rearing LED stand, is aimed at those who want to grow plants indoors but are finding it difficult due to the lack of sunlight. My Plant comes with two lamps, each made up of 10 red and 2 blue LEDs.
By placing the lamps about 4-16 inches from plants, the blue and red LED lights are effectively absorbed to promote photosynthesis. While the LEDs are said to be similar to ultraviolet rays from fluorescent lights and not harmful to humans, they will burn plants if placed closer than 4 inches. As with all plant cultivation, carbon dioxide and water will still be needed.
A built-in timer means you don't have to worry about when to switch the LED lights on and off. The manufacturer claims the 50,000-hour lifespan of the LEDs should last almost 10 years on daily usage. Its low 1.6-watt power consumption is estimated to cost about 17 yen (16 cents) per month to maintain.
The My Plant LED lights is also recommended for growing herbs such as rosemary and mint, as it helps to fill the room with natural fragrance. The product is retailing online for 7,980 yen ($74.74). Plants not included.
(Via Crave Asia)