First, I just wanted to say thank you to all the people here who helped me. Here is a Spigo LED grow garden I bought from Amazon that I modified by putting a Photon inside it to control the leds.
What it does is everyday it goes out on the net and polls a website to get the sunrise / sunset times for each day. From that information it turns on the leds and off based on those times. It' also has a web page interface in which I can control their brightness levels and manually turn them on and off.
Just wanted to post the vid, to give a thanks to the people who answered my questions on things.
Now If i can only figure out how to get mdns to work, so I don't need to know its IP address on my local lan, and could instead use a name like plantlight.local in my browser things would be complete
Here is my youtube vid of the project.