I went with compact CFL lights, mainly because of cost. I have two adjustable desk lamps I can put them into as well. I will let everyone know how this setup works.
I agree with the above poster, please do continue the discussion. I looked into LEDs in-depth, but found so much contradictory information on various brands and their effectiveness. It would be great to have a single source or thread with experience reports from people with different brands of all types of lighting.
Not to hijack this thread about choosing growlights, but I have a question re: disposal of spent growlights, specifically fluorescent tubes. I've been growing carnivorous plants for a bit over a year now and am in the process of buying replacement bulbs. Now I wonder "wtf do I do with all these old 4-foot long tubes?!" My first thought was to contact the local hazardous waste disposal facility. Is this what you folks do?
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Radagast, that is a very good question that I have never heard anyone ask before. I believe many just toss out old bulbs & tubes which, in great numbers, can cause significant pollutants to be released especially when most everything ends up in a landfill or incinerator.
While working for a the education/govt. sector we had a hazardous waste removal program where we would accumulate spent bulbs, tvs, computer monitors, and cleaning chemicals 2x per year to be properly disposed of by a professional company for a fee.
Today this is what I do & what I suggest that everyone does: Place all spent bulbs carefully in a box as time goes by & on your next voyage to the local chain hardware stores take your bulbs in to have them recycled properly at no cost to you. Not all, but many home depots offer this service & it is usually not advertised where I live.
Thanks for the question. I'm sure it will benefit everyone.
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Personally I would suggest something that is good for growth and also view ability. Is it true that you can maximize light to cost ratio by choosing very pinkish grow lights...? yes. However, I find those very obnoxious. I rather prefer lights that I can enjoy seeing my plants under...but still provide all the wavelengths needed. The typical 5000K or 6500K daylight spectrum lights work fine. You can pretty much grow everything with them. You just need to vary the number of bulbs, type of bulbs, power based on the distance they will be from the lights and what species you are looking to grow.