Lighting an unusual terrarium
I got a store display case free off Craigslist. It stands about 45" tall (see pic) and the top part has glass walls, but no lid yet. I can have a piece of glass cut to serve as a lid, but don't plan on having it fight tightly - I fully expect it will need to breathe a little.
I don't intend to plant directly into this case, but will probably put a large tray or pot saucer in the bottom and plant it as one would a dish garden. I grow a lot of Gesneriads and expect they will figure heavily in my planting.
I'm looking for lighting suggestions. My "terrarium" won't be placed near a window and without a light source it'll be way too dark for almost all the plants I'll use.
The glass walls are about 17" wide and about 13.5" tall. If I use some sort of an LED light fixture, it needs to be less than 17" long (unless maybe placed corner to corner). I'm looking for something that won't require complicated construction or a bunch of $$$. I was at Lowe's earlier tonight, shortly before closing. I bought what appeared to be a workable solution, a UTILITECH 12" LED accent tape light. Neither the salesperson nor I picked up on the obvious term "extension kit". This is not a stand-alone light system, but something that will extend UTILITECH's starter kit! So now it has to go back & I start over...of course, the first thing I'll check is whether Lowe's has the starter kit, but if it's like the extension kit, it's not supposed to used inside a closed cabinet.
Sorry...this is turning into a book! Another option I'll look into (but was trying to put something cheaper together) is an OTT's fluorescent floor lamp with goose neck. It's barely tall enough and runs to the expensive side.
The last option in my own arsenal would be a PAR38 (or smaller) LED spot light for indoor use. I want at least 5000K in color temp & prefer a dimmable bulb.
With ALL that info to digest, does anyone have suggestions?! Many thanks.