is it efficient as a regular bulb?
Wow that guy has got to be a tech pro. The idea is brilliant!
FC he is using a metal halid porjector bulb to transmit the light to the fiber optics. *Did you see the color of the purpurea? *It has a really good red color. *So I would say its getting pretty good light. *He goes into the lighting in the thread did you read it? *He just uses the fiber optics to transmit the light so the lights are not in the tank heating it up. *If the lights were inside the tank it would slowly increase the temperature in the tank causing the freezer on the bottom work harder. *The only thing I would do a little different would be to add baffles to the freezer. *What this would do is increase the time the air is in the freezer so it would more effectively cool the air before it reenters the tank. *Basicly the air would come in the one side hit a wall and go down then over then back up the next wall up and down till it finaly left the freezer. *Of course this would require more fanns to help increase the air pressure to push the air through the freezer.
I have been thinking about a greenhouse version f something like this. *Imagine a GH made with argon filleddouble pained low E glass. *First of all these are the most energy efficient glass pannels made, but also the most expencive so this is just a dream. *Take those glass pannels and make a GH about 12 x 12 or a little larger. *Then get a commercial freezer unit and put it on the back wall and have it connected to a dual set thermastate one for night temp and on for day temp. *The ultiate highland environment. *All the natural light you want and the cooling of the freezer unit, and the walls are insilated with the argon filled dual pane low e glass pannels. *Expencive, but would be a work of art!! *Growing Masdis, dracs and other cool growers along with highland Neps and what not in the state of GA OUTSIDE IN A GH during the summer months with 100 degree temps!! *Insane!!
The vivarium looks cool, I was actually thinking of making something like that but decided not to because I wouldn't know how fast the cool air would escape. Since I'm not made of money and thus can't pay the cooling bills for something like that I decided to go simple. One day though I'll be building something like that guaranteed.
Just wanted to give an update. Today I put in lfs and landscaped the entire freezer, well most of it, into a mossy forest of sorts. Enjoy. Don't mind the unfilled parts, those will be filled when the plants arrive.
EDIT: Sorry pictures are on the first page.