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Hi all,

I'm switching to White LED's in a 32"x32"x63" Nepenthes grow tent and purchased two Yescom 225 White LED panels. From everything I read, I can't determine if this will be overkill, or not enough? Should I mix it up with supplemental red/blue LED's, or is white fine by itself?
 
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I'm assuming this is the panel you're talking about. https://www.yescomusa.com/products/135w-led-plant-grow-light-hydroponic-225-panel-white
The specs say that at 3.28 feet above the plant, you'll have 3375 lux. Considering that you are growing in a tent that has close to a 3' by 3' footprint and you're using 2 panels, you'll have at the very least 6,750 lux but probably more since the sides are reflective and the tent footprint is slightly smaller than a square meter.

The ICPS webpage on lighting (https://www.carnivorousplants.org/grow/SoilsWaterLight/FluorescentLighting) recommends moderate lighting for Nepenthes, meaning that the intensity should be between 8,000 and 15,000 lux. Keep in mind, this webpage uses fluorescent lighting as opposed to LED lighting.

Also those panels you've got appear to be very bluish (7700 K equivalent). I personally wouldn't have used those particular panels but since you've got them, you've probably got a little room for some more supplemental lighting. I'd personally go for more reddish light (around 3000 K equivalent if you can find that kind of LED)

If you start getting leaf burn, you can always raise the lights since you've got roughly five feet of height to work with.
 
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