I just bought a 240w blackstar ho led. Looks great. Kind of pricey but barly any heat at all and the color is nice with cp's having a lot of reds. They love the led.
Originally Posted by asid61
Posting so I don't lose track of this thread. Coming back to read it when I have more time! I'm particularly interested in lighting cues for flowering and other growth cycles, which has to do with more than just the photoperiod, but red light to blue light ratio as well. I'll be back!
Ugh, well, I don't think my indoor idea is going to work. Seems my humidity is not high enough or its too hot- either way, I was forced to move several plants back outside. My Binata seem to be doing fine where they are, as does my capensis x spatulata. I guess I will give them a few more days and see. I have doubts at this point. Hope I didn't ruin my plants. I think they'll be okay, just lost a lot of dew. I guess I need a terrarium afterall, but I just simply cannot afford anything like that.
I'm bummed. Have all these nice plants and nowhere to grow them. I put then outside, and frogs jump on them, caterpillars and similar eat them, the wind and rain pounds them.... Sigh.
If only I had some sort of mesh box that was rain proof.
My 100w led seems to be doing fine for my plants. I also recommend betta pellets to feed them.
And if you do go with led, you can probably get a 100w led setup (DIY) for around $80-$100, depending on how fast you want the shipping.
If you add a lens to the led (which I neglected to do) you could probably pull even more power out of it.
Last edited by asid61; 09-17-2012 at 08:10 PM.
Agent of Chaos
Question: how much light should I give a 20 gallon terrarium?
"I may be on the side of angels, but do not mistake me for one."
As many fluorescent bulbs you can fit over it; 4-5 24" bulbs should do fine.
A fantastic resource for deciding on the right kinds of bulbs: http://www.lightingsolutions.ca/inde...d=25&Itemid=26
what do you all think of this LED light: http://www.ebay.com/itm/15W-LED-45W-...item3a7bac21ba
or this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Style-Di...item4abe67573b this one says the spectrum is 6000-6500k. good, right?
Too low in wattage for both unless it is a very small growing area. White leds are bad for growth as they don't have much red at all, and the blue is slightly off spectrum.
Just go with T8 or CFL bulbs. I speak from experience.
12-01-2012, 10:12 PM
its a pretty small area but, ****, i just ordered the second bulb i mentioned. i'll report back later on how it performs on the plants....
edit to say: i have until recently been using three 26w 6500k daylight spectrum GE compact flourescents along with a 18" fluorescent "grolight". a little while ago i switched out one of the CFL for a 12w LED 5000K and switched the 18" grolight to a 6500k spectrum light and actually have noticed a decline in plant growth. i dont know from what though
Last edited by Millipede; 12-01-2012 at 10:23 PM.