Student - in Engineering, USMC 1341 E4
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An artificial sun / moon lighting system for inside gardens, that mimics a natural Circadian Rhythm.
There is something about the natural cycle of plant life that allows the Earth itself to grow plants with more grace and purpose, over an artificial environment. Well all know about it as the Circadian Rhythm.
I am creating an artificial environment for an indoor garden, and I am struggling with finding out an appropriate lighting system that is energy efficient and effective in growing vegetables. Right now, I simply turn the sun lamps and the moon lamps on and off at appropriate times. I thought – wouldn't this shock the plant, and take a lot of energy away from its growth cycle? This introduces the "shock" variable which I did not account for earlier.
I wanted to eliminate this shock variable, because it was too unpredictable. I don't have the means to measure the amount of shock a plant sustains. As a result, I drafted an idea to make my lighting more natural by following the Circadian Rhythm of the planet, based on a map of astronomical cycles programmed into a computer, controlling an artificial day and night sun / moon cycle using high pressure sodium lighting.
With this, I began to think further: Should I also mimic the humidity, temperature, and pressure changes during day and night cycles? When the artificial sun rises, should the temperature increase, and the humidity and air pressure decrease? When the artificial moon rises, should the opposite happen?
I hope to hear what interesting interpretations has on my idea. My name is Taylor, thank you for reading this.