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    Is this enough light?





    4x T8 "Sunshine" by Ecolux. 2800 Lumens, 5000K temp, 86 "cri".

    I can swap in 2 T12 "Residential Light" as well, 3150 Lumens, 4100K temp, 72 "cri".

    They are approximately 10-11" off the shelf, about 5" off the top of the tallest plants. They honestly can't go much further down or I'll start to have plants touching them.

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    They are in an West facing windowsill (my only window) that gets approximately 6 hours of direct sun and lots of indirect sun all day. I have a VFT and Sarrs in that windowsill that seem to be doing OK.

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    Managed to fit everything under there except the Darlingtonia, the VFT, and the Sarr. I intend all 3 to go outside in spring, anyway, so it's ok. The Tracyi is way too big for the lights but will be outside with any luck in a few weeks, the Monkey Cup is also a bit too close to the lights (one leaf is trying to curl around the light already) so it'll probably be the odd man out in this arrangement.

    Edit: Shifted some stuff around and now have the Darlingtonia fit in there just fine. I repotted it at the same time, so it's all good.

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    I've seen binatas and dichotomas that look spindly and weak like that before. The problem is a lack of sufficient light. If you don't have enough light for those, I wouldn't think you have enough for sarrs or VFTs. Sarracenias and VFTs are best grown outdoors in full unfiltered sunlight for the whole day. Indoor lighting setups that can meet their needs are typically expensive.

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    Skip the "growlight" and "natural sun" types of bulbs and just buy ordinary warm white and cool white bulbs. The difference is negligible and with the money you save, you'll be able to afford more lights.
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    How many bulbs over each shelf? 4 or 2?
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    i think you mentioned you just moved the plants to this setup with lights, correct? If this is so, the plants will take some time to respond before they start looking perky again.
    My sundews are around 2-3 inches away from my T-12 bulbs, so you may want to move them closer (maybe slant the light at an angle so the taller plants and smaller pots can have similar light intensity.)
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    Also I noticed you said that your lights were like 75 or 80 CRI you should not use anything below 90 cri for a cp or its just a waste of money. you can find daylight t-12s that are 90 CRI I would put those in your t-12 fixture. they are about 6-9 dollars for 2 bulbs at a home depot.

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