OK, I need help from the experts, or at least the experienced. I am in the process of helping our local aquarium (Great Lakes Aquarium) set up a CP display. We have bounced a lot of ideas around which I had personal experience and good success using. For the better, they have decided to dive in and make this a significant display in a kiosk in a prominent part of the museum (opposed to a display aquarium which had less height). We have been discussing lighting and I am a little stumped, because I want this thing to thrive and look fantastic.
The chamber will be about three feet wide, two feet deep and three feet tall. I have the display part figured out, but I need help with the lighting. The fixture will be in a small enclosed room, therefore, I am hesitant to use any HID lighting because of heat (the room is really small, just large enough for access to the display). The plants will be presented tiered in a planted terrarium style, so plants which need more light can be placed higher in the enclosure. I am going to try my damndest to grow a tall sarracenia in there without any dormancy (I know what your going to say about that). The plan is to rotate a certain couple of plants that may exhaust due to insufficient conditions. Previously, we had success for four years with a sarracenia purpurea which got huge. We are going to try some bladderworts, butterworts and drosera. Anyway, I'm off topic. Can anyone recommend a suitable high output fluorescent fixture? I am guessing the T5 fixtures, but how many bulbs, etc.
You guys have given me awesome advice in the past, and, if anyone can help me, I know someone here can. Thanks.