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    Which light to supplement my kitchen window?

    I have a few nepenthes truncatas growing on my kitchen window. The light in there is pretty good as there's another window that shines in, the over head flourecents and the window itself. But I will want to get something else directly over the window above my sink. I have two pots hanging there now and the cieling space is very limited. It's 3'4" long by 1' wide. I know T5's are good and was considering getting one of these.



    The smaller two foot one. But I worry that even though it would be a strong light would it be enough to shine all the way down to the sink? I think the cieling is about 3 feet above the skin and sill.

    My other option is one of these.



    Dimensions are 18" x 10" x 6". 2' x 2'

    I copied and pasted those dimensions. They are written funny. I would get this one but then worry I won't have space for the hooks of my hanging plants. Which is better and can I use just the small strip T5? Oh also I read here somewhere about humidity make some blubs explode. Is this one of those? If so then I should go with the T5?

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    Anyone?

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    My Truncata Paisan has put on fairly good size and coloration with bright window lighting 4+ hrs of the day with the aid of some supplemental. It was putting out successive pitchers with inch or so growth. Use to use T8s and have the truncata placed at the ends of the bulb where it got probably the weakest of the light intensity, and still seemed to do fine. Kept the lights as close as possible though (about 4 to 6 inches as most) with light duration based on seasons.

    I've since upgraded to T5HOs and have been extremely happy with the difference over the T8s. There's plenty already said about them, so I won't bore you. Only thing I will say is that the examples you provided don't show reflectors so you might consider finding something with reflectors as that will help out a bit and let you get the most out of your bulbs. Also the second option bulb I personally feel is a bit wasteful as it has areas that are basically covered (areas closest to the hood thing) and not providing much added benefit other than drawing energy. if you would that route, lining it with aluminum or something may help out.

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    Thanks for all the info. I thought that metal thing on the second one was a hood. So I'll go with the first one then. Here is my window. I can't put the light right against he plants because it will be hanging from that skinny cieling. I need a good light to cover distance, though it's not a big distance to the sill.

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    There are places that sell single tube ballasts with reflectors that you could search for or perhaps you may consider double. I like to mix bulb color temps of 5k and 6k (personal preference). Looks like you have an over hang outside your window which may block some light so any additional supplemental lighting you can provide it would be a bonus.
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    Those Sunlight Supply Sunblaze/Sunblaster strips are really good, and really cheap. I use them. I recommend buying the reflectors as well though, which I think run an extra $20..

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    zlookup: If they're skinny enough I could put two up there. The only problem with that is using up both outlets on my wall. But it would be ok since I don't have anything else hooked up to them. I'll make a video to show the whole area. Yes outside is a covered patio, but light also shines in from behind where the pic was taken. It's fairly bright in the day, but I still think it can be even brighter.

    Brie: I'll see if the place I saw these carries them. I really need to show a better view of this whole set up. There's a decorative piece of wood over head between the two cabinets that's really eating up my space. I'd pull it off but don't see how.

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    If you are ok with space for 2 of those, you can get ballast that take 2 tubes that are fairly compact in size as well. Would only take one outlet.
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