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    Light Challenged

    As the title states, I'm sort of light challenged when it comes to terrariums. I was going to set up a new terrarium and I have no idea what-so-ever of what kind of and how many lights to get. Anybody know what I should get and how many?

    (I'm looking for something on the 'not extremely expensive side' and something that it may be possible to grow heliamphora under.)
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    Barry shows how to do an inexpensive set-up here:

    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq6010c.html
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    Thanks Fryster, that helped alot. But it says all this stuff about modifying ballasts. Do I need to do all that if I get an elctronic ballast?
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    Well, for a terrarium you might.............

    But I don't have a terrarium (don't believe in 'em), I have a grow-rack. I didn't have to mess around with the wiring of my lights. I suspect that most terrarium growers here didn't customize their lights either.

    We'll have to wait and find out others here have to say.
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    maxx,

    if you are talking about having to pull out the ballast and "piggy back" it as they put it...its not entirely necessary imo. electronic ballasts get warm but not burning hot like magnetics.

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    Okay. I'm confused over this whole 'ballast' thing. From what I understand, ballasts do something with converting energy. My questions are...

    1. What's the point of a ballast?
    2. Do I need one?

    Thanks guys for helping me out with this topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    Okay. I'm confused over this whole 'ballast' thing. From what I understand, ballasts do something with converting energy. My questions are...

    1. What's the point of a ballast?
    2. Do I need one?

    Thanks guys for helping me out with this topic.

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    1. http://home.howstuffworks.com/fluorescent-lamp6.htm
    2. for fluorescent yes, it wouldnt work otherwise.

    just go buy 4 ft. shop lights?

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    Ok thanks alot for your help guys. I think I get it now.
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