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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:27 pm 
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Speaking to friends about lighting for stick insects I found this led light
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00G ... _qh_dp_hza

I have some orchids (paph, catelya, phal) which for various reasons need more light.
Would this be the solution or is there a better idea?
I really need something easy to put up.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:11 pm 
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I don't think that's going to give you enough light to be worthwhile and it doesn't specify the colour in kelvins.
I use these CFL's 6500K, BC or ES fitting PURElite Energy Saving Natural DayLight Bulb for Crafts, 20w BC available from Amazon at a good price
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The lights you have linked to are a small set of battery operated lights. No good at all for lighting plants in my opinion.

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Thank you both


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I grow under CFL tubes, screw fitting with a shade suspended from gantry in the ceiling. I buy them from Growwell, about £35 for shade and bulb. I find them really excellent for growing orchids under. Plenty of light for Vanda and Cattleya (both bloom well for me)

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What do people think about this?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S ... IN07AW27PN


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I'm not convinced enough yet about LED growlights to want to try them. Once some compelling evidence for their usefulness is around, I'll go with them, but I don't think they are good enough yet.

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If you growing with normal lamps/rather than proper lighting a CFL bulb works ok as an extra to normal light. Im trying LED lamp lights along side CFL to see what they are like (quality ones). If you want to try proper growing LED you could ask on some of the other growing forums i know chilli growers were starting to use them. They give off a huge pink/blue/red glow which has enough power to light up the whole room. They are getting the spectrum so good now that leaves apear black as no green light is reflected, its all the right kind of red/blue. I have never tried them though. If you do try household LED bulbs like your link, i think you want them pretty close/temprature permiting of course. Im still finding hard to learn how much light to get on the orchids old solar panels but i think you might want a few of those bulbs working together if theres no natural light. Hope that helps!


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