New to Artificial Lighting

eltoe422(3)June 26, 2009

I live in an apartment with only north facing windows, so I don't get much light at all shining in, so my plants are suffering. I'd like to get a lamp/light for in my living room to shine on my plants, but I have no idea what kind of bulb to get or where to get one. Are there "plant bulbs" for regular lamps?

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nullzero(9)

Just use several CFLs in the 2700k spectrum range and 6500k spectrum. Use like a 2 to 1 ratio on the spectrum with 2 6500k to 1 2700k.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 1:16AM
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klinko16

Make sure you buy the nice big CFL lamp, look in a few different stores before buying.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 8:55PM
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karenrei

The only real keys you need to know are:

1) Avoid incandescents, halogens, and low pressure sodium.
2) Plants need a *LOT* of light.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 1:05PM
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eltoe422(3)

Where can I find a 6500k bulb? I saw 2700k bulbs at Menards. They also had some smaller ones called plant lights. Do I need larger than a regular-sized CFL bulb?

Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 3:55PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Not all plants need alot of light. What kind of plants do you have? I believe 5000k is as close to the spectrum of sunlight as you can get hence the 2x 6500K + 2700K = 5233.33etc that was stated earlier. You could also get a reading type desk lamp that will hold a T8 fluorescent tube that you can find at lowes or home depot in the correct spectrum.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 4:14AM
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eltoe422(3)

I have a couple of ivies, a peace lily, jade, a spider plant, aloe, and a few that I don't know what they are but they didn't do too well last winter with less light.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 6:39PM
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xmaslightguy(4/5)

- Where can I find a 6500k bulb?

You may also see 6500k labeled as 'Daylight' ... it should
have a light-blue-ish color when on.

A regular CFL should be fine...just don't go with the
lowest-wattage they sell

Personally if it wasn't in your living room i'd recommend
using a standard 48" shoplight over CFLs

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 10:31PM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

eltoe422 your ivies, peace lily and aloe should do fine under lights. I'm not sure about the spider plant but if I remember correctly they don't need much. The jade will do better in full sun but if you don't have it then put it as close to the lights as you can get it.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 7:26PM
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colokid(5)

All good advice. I would just add that CFL will do a lot better if they have some kind of reflector behind them.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 1:23PM
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