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    Will this light work for everyone?

    This is a mixed question but I'm going to put it here. I'm going to college this August and it's not likely my dorm will have enough light (or space where there is light) to keep all my plants healthy. I was wondering if this would be able to keep everyone happy. I have
    • 1 VFT
    • 2 D.capensis
    • 1 large D.binata
    • 4 Ping 'John Rizzi'
    • 4 Phal orchids


    And this is the system I'm looking at:

    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CFQQ8wIwAQ#

    Thanks for any info.

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    Maybe. I'm doubtful though. Also, short T5 tubes are disproportionately expensive because they're primarily marked towards aquarists and horticultural hobbyists. Probably better to go for some four-foot T12 shoplights; you'll be able to do more with them for less money. If you don't have space for something that long, look around for high-wattage compact fluorescents. Try for 100W or more - not "100W equivalent" but a lamp that actually draws 100W. (Would be something like 300W equivalent.)
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    Window plus light might be adequate... except for the VFT. What's your major and what classes do you have picked out? Hope ya like dining hall food...

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    Well I've seen the dorms and they're rather small with little windows.
    I'm going to get a double major
    1. Elementary Education with an emphasis on 7th and 8th grade English
    2. Youth Ministries
    Then minors in art and theater.
    And I know it's bad but I don't have my classes picked out. :P
    I'll look for that light; do they sell them at Wal-Mart or should I go somewhere more for plants or like Home Depot?

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    Four-foot T12 shoplights can be found just about everywhere. You shouldn't have to pay more than $15 for the fixture. High-wattage compact fluorescents might be a little trickier to find. Best bet is to order online. Otherwise, look for a hardware store.
    When buying lights, unless you're looking to get into HID lamps - which you definitely aren't at this point - never ever buy ones that are billed as "plant lights." You can translate this as "400% markup and/or wouldn't provide enough light to grow a fern." Go for general-purpose fluorescents (never incancesdents,) and try to mix the color spectra if you can. Detailed discussions on choosing lights can be found by searching the terrarium and bog garden subforum.
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    I'll let Joe provide the lighting info. He knows more than I. One of the beautiful things about the first 2 years of college is that you can pick anything and even if it doesn't fit directly into a major, it will fulfill the other requirements you need - Social Science, Math / Science, Phys Ed, etc... It gives you an opportunity to reassess your chosen major or for others to declare one, as well just transitioning from home to being more independent.

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    Quick question, I found these lights while looking for something for my aqaurium and I might be getting them, would they work for CPs?

    http://americanaquariumproducts.com/PowerCompact.html

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    You should wait for others to chime in to be certain, but I believe you're on the right track. Those don't scale up very well to larger setups, but for your purposes they might just be a perfect fit.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    I'll let Joe provide the lighting info. He knows more than I.
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