So it looks like I'll have to expand my budget a bit.
What do you guys think about this?:
I've never used the T5 systems so I can't offer any opinion on them. It looks like that kit comes with the bulbs (that's cool) but how much are the replacement tubes when you do have to buy them yourself? I couldn't find that size on the sellers shop, only 4 footers. Make sure you'll have a ready access to replacements from at least two sources for when that day finally comes.
They have T5 lamp setups at Lowes but I think they are different type of T5 compared with these.
There are quite a few online retailers that sell Spectralux lamps, but there probably aren't any around town.
I actually tried all of the hardware stores, and none of them carry any Fluorescent lamps shorter than 4'. This includes Home Depot, Lowe's, and OSH. So regardless of what I get, I won't be able to get replacement lamps from anywhere except online. It's a shame as shipping is quite pricey.
I haven't tried any of the nurseries, though.
Edit- There are quite a few hydroponics stores around here the sell the bulbs. And for $3.00 at that!
Some updates on my Terrarium:
As you can see, space is limited where I wanted a Terrarium. I found that a 29 Gallon was perfect for the place I wanted to put it.
So far the only things I have are the 29 Gallon tank ($59), 5 3-inch-tall PVC pipes ($5), a digital Thermometer/Hygrometer that was meant for Cigar collections ($12), and a huge piece of plastic eggcrate intended for a lighting fixture ($10) which I will cut tomorrow and place on top of the PVC pipes.
Still waiting on my T5 2' 4-bulb ($120 including bulbs) to come in the mail, an electrical outlet timer ($12), and finally I need to get a glass piece cut into a 28 1/8" x 10" x 3/8" glass piece cut for the top (probably around $10 at Ace).
Total Terrarium cost comes out to $228. Much more than I intended to spend, especially on the lighting, but I think it will be well worth it in the long-run. I'll post more pictures once I get everything, including the lowlanders I'm putting in it, together.
The 29 gallon terrarium has killer dimensions. You'll probably want to suspend the t-5's high as you can.
I was reading about people mounting their t-5's to the ceiling so they wouldn't be burning leaves.
Good growing, Jack
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I've got just enough room in between the top of the tank and the cupboard for the T5 fixture, so unfortunately I won't be able to lift it any higher. I hear a lot of people actually raise their plants up further to the lights because they don't get enough light. Not sure about T5's though. It will have 2x 5,000 Lumen bulbs and 2x 2,000 Lumen bulbs.
Due to the clearance on top, the eggcrate is 2 inches shorter than the depth of the tank.
I have run T5's for some time
Just a FYI, cold spot temperature of T5's is 130f with the center of the bulb reaching 165f
you will have an oven if you aren't careful...
You might want to consider possible airflow requirements
Been there, done that and still do it
Not much going on right now. I plan to add more now that I have a nice environment for lowlanders.
In the middle center are two new N. Amp's that arrived in absolutely horrible condition due to poor packaging a week ago. The one on the left is most likely going to die. In the back is a Rafflesiana that hasn't shown any growth at all in a Highland environment in a months time. Hopefully that will change. On the sides are various germinating seeds.
Also, humidity isn't usually that high. It's normally around 77%. Pictures were taken right after misting.