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By Frothy_Milk
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#292792
I was planning on growing highland Nepenthes in a greenhouse, and was looking for cheap lights. I was recommended 40 watt bulbs and found this. I don't know a lot of the requirements for artificial lighting but I found this online. Would this meet the needs of a Nepenthes? My area is fine for Nepenthes but my house has no good windowsills and has no good areas that get only a few hours of sun.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Light ... /203081577


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By Frothy_Milk
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#292812
erikHIplants wrote:I have the 4ft t8 version of those lights, they work well for $20 a piece (bulbs not included)
Would you be able to put a link to where you got them or tell me the store you got the lights from?


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By Wikiwakawakawee
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#292848
I have 2 of these light fixtures over my nepenthes in my indoor greenhouse and they seem to do the job. I just popped a 6500k bulb and a 3000k bulb in there.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Light ... /202052422
By Frothy_Milk
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#292850
Wikiwakawakawee wrote:I have 2 of these light fixtures over my nepenthes in my indoor greenhouse and they seem to do the job. I just popped a 6500k bulb and a 3000k bulb in there.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Light ... /202052422
I was actually looking at these I might get them if I follow through with the greenhouse idea.


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By Wikiwakawakawee
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#292852
I should really move them closer to the plants haha, but they still seem to grow nicely. You can see they're strong enough to give my ampullaria some color.ImageImage

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By Frothy_Milk
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#292889
Wikiwakawakawee wrote:I should really move them closer to the plants haha, but they still seem to grow nicely. You can see they're strong enough to give my ampullaria some color.ImageImage

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Are the lights good for highland species? I am just a bit confused if the light would be fine for plants that like cooler temps than a lowland, because you used your ampullaria as an example. And would live LFS be fine and grow well under these lights?


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By Wikiwakawakawee
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#292891
It should be fine, you'll be responsible for maintaining low temps and temperature drops at night. I don't have to do anything special because my greenhouse is in Arizona so it's already kinda hot in there, I just popped in the lights. I have my tubs full of live sphagnum right now under these grow lights.

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By Frothy_Milk
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#292892
Salute flytraps234 wrote:He is just showing you an example with his nepenthes, and with moss it would just bring out there colors.


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Oh, alright.


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By Wikiwakawakawee
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#292893
Here's a more recent picture where you can see the live sphagnum covering the floor.Image

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By Frothy_Milk
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#292894
Wikiwakawakawee wrote:Here's a more recent picture where you can see the live sphagnum covering the floor.Image

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Wow, that's some nice growth! How far away is the light from the plants?


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By Wikiwakawakawee
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#292895
Ehhhhh about a foot I think...like I said, I'm sure they're supposed to be closer to the plants, but I have no way to put them any closer...it works for me though!

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By Frothy_Milk
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#292896
Wikiwakawakawee wrote:Ehhhhh about a foot I think...like I said, I'm sure they're supposed to be closer to the plants, but I have no way to put them any closer...it works for me though!

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Alright, thanks so much for the help. Good growing!


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