Growing vegetables indoors is a good idea if you live in a climate that is not conducive to gardening outdoors, or if you want to get your vegetables started before you transplant them to your outdoor garden. It is important to create an atmosphere that is similar to the natural outdoor environment where vegetables grow best. You will need to keep them hydrated and give them light. There are several different grow lights on the market which can help you provide the necessary light to your vegetables. Grow vegetables with grow lights by selecting a lighting system that will provide the right color, intensity and duration of light to your vegetable plants.

Shop around for grow lights. Look at selections in your local gardening center, or online shop.

Look for lights that will provide all the colors found in natural sunlight. Photosynthesis requires red and blue light to regulate vegetative growth.

Set up your grow lights the same way you would set up a lamp. Position the lights on a solid, even surface above the plants you want to grow.

Make sure the intensity of the light is strong. Vegetable plants do best outdoors in direct sunlight, so create a similar environment with your grow lights.

Keep your vegetable plants no more than 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5 cm) away from the grow lights.

Give your vegetable plants at least 14 to 18 hours of direct light every day.
Turn the lights off for 6 to 10 hours every day. Vegetable plants do need a period of darkness to mature and trigger production.

Choose the right lamp for your vegetable plants.
Consider full spectrum LED grow light. These bulbs will provide warm and cool (red and blue) light which mimics natural solar light. These lights are great to get seedlings started and will provide intense, direct light for your vegetable plants.
Use high power LED grow lights for energy efficiency and extra intensity. These grow lights are used by commercial growers and emit twice the amount of light for the same amount of energy. They are also more expensive.

Rotate your vegetable plants under the grow lights every week. The light is more intense in the center of the bulb, so it will help your plants grow evenly.

Harvest your vegetables the way you would with an outdoor garden. Pick them off the plant when they are ready to be eaten.

Transplant your vegetable plants to your outdoor garden when the conditions are good.
Wait until you have some foliage or flowering on your plants if you began growing them from seeds with grow lights.