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    I have found everything I want. Would 4 T5 HO 54W bulds with a CIR of 85 and a rating of 6500k and producing 5000 lumens be sufficient for h/l neps and helis? Or do I need to aim for the 6 bulbs? What distance would you advise the plants be from the lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    I have found everything I want. Would 4 T5 HO 54W bulds with a CIR of 85 and a rating of 6500k and producing 5000 lumens be sufficient for h/l neps and helis? Or do I need to aim for the 6 bulbs? What distance would you advise the plants be from the lights?
    Ant,
    I would advise perusing the last month or 2 of T-5 threads (or longer). One of the issues with T-5's (not yet mentioned in this thread) is their heat generation. Depending on your enclosure design, multi-lamp T-5 fixtures & highland Neps may not play well together ...

    Otoh - for a petiolaris tank ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Any idea how the 'good'** white LED's play out with your spectrometer?

    ** - I'm assuming 'good' to be something comparable to premium Cree chips or comparable - not the normal run-of-the-mill garbage...
    Ron, I havent looked at any of the most recent models.... but up till about 6 months ago white leds were for the most part almost "red-less" (not desirable LOL)

    we would be talking "top shelf" with proper optics... so we are a ways off yet

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    have not taken the plunge into the t5 realm but have researched some packages and other than the site av8tor1 recommends, I found this site as well - http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/lights2.shtml the sunblaze systems caught my eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregNY View Post
    have not taken the plunge into the t5 realm but have researched some packages and other than the site av8tor1 recommends, I found this site as well - http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/lights2.shtml the sunblaze systems caught my eye
    I have a Sun Blaze myself. Except mine is only 2' long.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3DI%26otn%3D2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamer View Post
    I have a Sun Blaze myself. Except mine is only 2' long.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3DI%26otn%3D2
    -Hey Tamer those were the systems I was looking at. Describe your setup ie - how many bulbs, distance you keep your plants from them, temperatures they create, etc. etc.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    I have found everything I want. Would 4 T5 HO 54W bulds with a CIR of 85 and a rating of 6500k and producing 5000 lumens be sufficient for h/l neps and helis? Or do I need to aim for the 6 bulbs? What distance would you advise the plants be from the lights?
    Depends on what you want.... personally i use the 6 bulb and the 4 bulb has been put away for a spare.

    Butttttttttttt as Ron mentions, they do produce copious amounts of heat

    My helis are within 6 inches of the bulbs... but this doesnt happen without ventilation and humidification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregNY View Post
    -Hey Tamer those were the systems I was looking at. Describe your setup ie - how many bulbs, distance you keep your plants from them, temperatures they create, etc. etc.....
    I have a 29 gallon tank. It is kept 1 foot above the plants. I have 2x 3000k and 2x 6500k 2' bulbs. They haven't increased the temps of the terrarium even slightly even with it resting right on top of the glass. Though there is a gap 1 inch in the back and 1 inch in the front to allow air to move in and out of the terrarium. The conditions are ideal for my lowland Nepenthes. Temps are 72-82 degrees and humidity is 75-82% average. These don't change even at night when the lights are off for 10 hours.

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