Misshuezo wrote: greetings everyone! So I’m trying to care for my new pitcher plant! Been reading and recently found out that my North faced apartment doesn’t provide adequate sun for my plant. So I’m reading about these fluorescent lights and as I’m going to the stores to find them apparently they don’t sell fluorescent anymore ?? Is there another bulb that would provide the equivalent or do I need to find me some sort of illegal bulb dealer??
Welcome to the forum.
You'll find a lot of nice knowledgeable people here, and a few grumpy old farts, like me.
Illegal Bulb Dealer!!!
Brings to mind an image of a shady guy, in an alley, opening his trenchcoat with dozens of light-bulbs sewn into inner pockets.
Lighting technology is advancing rapidly, these days.
Many growers are switching to LED lighting, myself included.
Depending on how much area you want to light, there are a lot of choices.
For one or two plants, simple LED replacement light bulbs are a good choice and they're cheap.
Two of them light up a 10 Gallon terrarium/aquarium.
They fit into existing light fixtures and sockets.
I place mine within six inches of the plants.
These are about $7 each.
Here's an example of the type I use:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Philips-100 ... /206923041
LED tubes are available to replace T8 Flourescent tubes in existing fixtures and shoplights.
Two four foot tubes in a shoplight illuminate a one foot by four foot area. (Two 10 Gal. tanks, side by side)
These tubes are about $10 each.
Here's an example of some I use:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LA ... UTF8&psc=1
There are also nice grow lights that use Red and Blue LEDs, originally designed for growing recreational, illegal plants.
These are effective but the resultant light is ugly to human eyes.
Plants grown under these types of lights can produce some spectacular depths of color.
Here is the model I use for some of my Carnivorous Plants.
It costs about $75 or so and covers more than four square feet at a height of two feet.
https://www.amazon.com/MarsHydro-Spectr ... B00XC3LBI2
Sorry for being long-winded, but there is an unbelievable amount of choices for plant lighting.