The correct wavelength for the target cells or chromophores must be employed (633-810 nm). However, if the wavelength is incorrect, optimum absorption will not occur. Thus, as the first law of photobiology, the Grotthus-Draper law, states — without absorption there can be no reaction.
The photon intensity, i.e., spectral irradiance or power density (W/cm2), must be adequate, or absorption of the photons will not be sufficient to attain the desired result. However, if the intensity is too high, the photon energy will be transformed to excessive heat in the target tissue, and that is undesirable.
Finally, the dose or fluence must also be adequate (J/cm2). Consequently, if the power density is too low, then prolonging the irradiation time to achieve the ideal energy density, or dose, will, most likely, not give an adequate final result. This happens because the Bunsen-Roscoe law of reciprocity, the 2nd law of photobiology, does not hold true for low incident power densities.