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    indoor lighting questions

    is it ok to grow sundews and butterworts in a cabinet with 4 47w cfl's that are on for 18 hours a day?

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    well alot of factors vary this like
    what species
    how far away are the light
    how many lumens
    and the amout of kelvins

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    wow i dont know any of that lol

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    I think they will get pretty hot "in a cabinet" if there is no fan, even though CFLs are pretty cool running you still have 188 watts going which can warm up a small enclosed space with no air movement pretty fast. I would say the bulbs should be enough for a small area 20 gallon long fishtank size maybe 30" L x 12" x 12" .

    When you buy new twisty CFLs make sure they say 6500K Daylight on them so the plants get a proper spectrum. Usually they are sold in blue packaging with the word DAYLIGHT in large letters and regular soft whites are in yellow packaging. Unscrew one and check the base of the bulbs you have they will generally say either "6500K"(which is Daylight) or "2700K" (which is soft white) somewhere on it.

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    yea ill b sure to check for that when i go get some tomorrow
    also i will get a fan but probably a small one

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    Most tend to use the small 12V fans used to cool a PC desktop case to cool our terrariums and plant shelves. A 20" window box fan would be a bit too much for a small space!

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    uhhh i want grow carnivorous plants alongside another plant.............a special plant

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    hmmm... I don't have any experience growing plants any more "special" than carnivores, orchids and succulents.

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