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    IR spot thermometers work, but you have to be aware of something called "spot size ratio"
    But I wouldn't worry too much about specific temps...

    Just try not to cool the bulbs with your PC fans, nor do you want to overheat them by restricting airflow by setting them directly on glass...
    at a CST of 100c output drops to 60%

    the 95f is the desired ambient air temp around the bulbs themselves

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    Okay, thanks I wasn't thinking about the fans cooling the lights.. Since I don't have the PC fans yet and I'm using a little heater with just the fan option. Its aimed just over the top of the tank and onto the hoods of the lights..

    It might be cooling them too much huh?

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    My boyfriend built me a tank stand out of metal!!

    Not the best pics in the middle of the night but you get the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kataok View Post
    Okay, thanks I wasn't thinking about the fans cooling the lights.. Since I don't have the PC fans yet and I'm using a little heater with just the fan option. Its aimed just over the top of the tank and onto the hoods of the lights..

    It might be cooling them too much huh?
    Meh, keep it simple...

    Just don't point the fan at the lights and don't set the lights on glass or restrict their natural airflow.
    A well designed luminare should provide the proper ambient temps for the bulbs when installed in normal room conditions.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    Meh, keep it simple...

    Just don't point the fan at the lights and don't set the lights on glass or restrict their natural airflow.
    A well designed luminare should provide the proper ambient temps for the bulbs when installed in normal room conditions.




    Super cool. Thank you!

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    I've noticed the sphagnum moss pieces that are on top of the soil substrate dry out quickly.

    I might remove any pieces that are on top, because when they dry out it just looks blahhhh...

    Good news is there are new leaves developing on the planted D. dielsiana. Still haven't seen any dew on them but at least theres new growth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kataok View Post
    Good news is there are new leaves developing on the planted D. dielsiana. Still haven't seen any dew on them but at least theres new growth!
    Woot! Yeah at least new growth! This means all is well

    I like the stand, very nice!

    (On a side note - don't the lights from the terrarium get annoying being next to the TV?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Woot! Yeah at least new growth! This means all is well

    I like the stand, very nice!

    (On a side note - don't the lights from the terrarium get annoying being next to the TV?)
    Regarding your TV comment, I'd have to say, YES!! Very much!

    In the house we rent, there are no lights in the living room. So we have one LED light which I'd say is more of a spotlight/reading light.. And I really need more light in our living room, so I thought great place for the terrarium! Now, the problem I'm having is rearranging the room to make it all look good together. So for right now it's sitting there.

    I can't figure out how to make this room look good! Ugh!

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