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    OK. I have some plants under a two, 150 watt bulb, halogen fixture, and some sarracenia under a 300 watt bulb halogen fixture. Is this good. I think I may start using flourecent lights. I'd probably use theese $5.00, 40 watt, 2200 lumen sunlight bulbs. I should probably use four for a variety of carnivorous plants right? Thanks a bunch [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] . Also, the halogen bulbs aren't specifically meant for plants. Should I be using specialized bulbs?

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    Halogen bulbs are not suitable for growing plants.
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    Metal halide and halogen lamps are something total different when my translation is correct. Metal halide lamps are discharge lamps which may produce a near sunlight spectral power distribution and should be suitable for plants (i.e. http://www.hereinspaziert.com/Sehlicht/Bild8.htm ). They are easy recognizable by their (heavy weight) additional electronics needed to run them. What do you have Demi?

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    The electricity to run those lights can be very, very expensive...

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    Oh, I see now. But, my plants seem to be doing pretty well under the light, as they are getting a nice coloration, and strong growth. What I have is like a shoplight thing, with two 150 watt, tubular, halogen bulbs. I can't remember the brand or anything at this time, but I know it's not the type you guys are talking about. I think Orchids limited sells the right type.

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    I am not aware of any tubular halogen bulb designed for plants (this of course doesn't mean that they don't exist). I looked at the lights that Orchids limited has and they are selling a fixture which uses the Phillips Sun Agro high pressure sodium bulb, which is very different than a halogen.

    Are the plants getting any natural sun?
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    Are you sure their halogen? And not Fluorescent?

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