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    Tamlin, Parasuco have you ever considered an HID?
    Manufacturers make some nice air cooled hoods nowadays.

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    What an HID?

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    HID is High Intensity Discharge lighting: Metal halide and/or High Pressure Sodium. I used a combination unit for a year, but the transformer died. Be sure if you use this to change the bulbs annually, old bulbs can burn out the transformer, or so I was told. I was satisfied with the results, although the cost was high to operate. I find that flourescents afford greater control of the lighting, allowing for specific cultural considerations, and now prefer this method. Both have something to say for themselves. For pygmy culture I think HID would not be good due to the heat output: even with air cooling the substrate would heat up from the intensity of the light alone.
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    Hi,

    I'm not very interested in pygmae Drosera but I grow some species at a South facing windowsill.
    I never found that my species would need really much light as everybody says. The tuberous Drosera or even something like Drosera capensis need much more light to grow well.

    They are growing better on my windowsill than in the greenhouse where it is gets quite hot during summer. (I know about the conditions in natural habitat, but my plants prefer it cooler during summer)

    I use a sand : peat mixture at about 1:1 ratio.

    Very fine sand is usually not very good for carnivorous plants, because it compacts very fast.

    Also your peat is propably the wrong type. it MUST(!!) be brown, not black and the acidity MUST(!!) be between pH 2-5.

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    Hey Tam Id really like to know what they were thinking when they told you an old bulb can burn your transformer out!
    This is nonsense! More likely your Capacitor or ignitor was blown. These are both easy to replace.
    You say you ran it for only a year so Im pretty sure its not the transformer.
    What kind of unit was it? ie Brand name, wattages.
    Were both bulbs contained in one hood?

    You honestly feel the soil would warm signifigantly enough to damage plants?
    I run 430w HPS lamps in a basement room and Ive never noticed even a negligible increase in soil temps with out the addition of some form of propagation mat.
    I was thinking of something smaller though for the pygmys like say 150w or 175 w MH.
    Air cooling can decrease ambient room temps up to 15 degrees depending on the size of room and number of lamps running.

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