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    I'm in the Chicago area and where I live there is not good placement for long periods of real sun--especially now with the weather. I figure once it heats up I will move my VFT outside to catch at least 4-5 hours of good sun, but I know that isn't enough.
    So...I built a little set up for my new VFT. It sits on a tray with a 4 ft. shop light containing 1 soft white and 1 sunstick (which I read was pretty good combo.), maybe 6-10 in. above. I have a timer set to turn on at 6 am and turn off at 9 pm.

    Is that sufficient???

    Looked pretty lonely with just one plant and all that light so I took my 4 cactus I've on my porch and they all hang out together now peacefullywith the VFT. Of course I am going to have to add another VFT soon, but I want to make sure I get the basics down first with this one.
    Thanks for the help!!!
    -peace
    Eric

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    That will work for now. I got good response from a 20W light at 3 inches.

    However, when you move them out, give them partial shade at first, or the shock could hurt them temporarily.

    I'm in Columbus, OH--we've had four days of rain, and my f'raps are almost underwater!

    Steve

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    Yep--the rain finally stopped here last night. Talk about flooding!
    The lights I use are 40 watt.
    I'll keep the shade in mind when the weather permits me placing them outside.
    Thanks Steve!!
    -peace
    Eric

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