Houseplants forum: But it looks bright to me

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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 30, 2016 10:47 AM CST
I hear this all the time. Was at a friends house who is having trouble with his house plants. I'm trying to tell him that he needs more light. But it looks bright to me. Big south window. He suggested that it is just as bright as it is outside during the summer. I suggested an experiment. Get a pot and spread some grass seed on top of the dirt and let's see what it looks like in a few weeks. OK. I convinced him that it is not bright enough perhaps. Gene
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Oct 30, 2016 2:30 PM CST
Hi Gene:
I finally got insurance and etc, done. Car expense is dealt with and it's time to get back to plant lights, you recommend so highly.

I found this at Home Depot: @gasrocks

Philips 24W 22in T5 HO Warm White Fluorescent Tube: About $14.00.
Lighting Facts Per Bulb
Brightness1950 lumens
Light Appearance
WarmCool
3000 K
Energy Used24 watts

There were more expensive options, like SunBlaster T5 HO 41 - 4 ft 1 Lamp so I am turning to you for guidance.





Also going to look for your bug spray, I have the name in my notes.





Hope you are haveing a nice Sunday, and your plants are well and healthy!!

Laurie B
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Oct 30, 2016 2:35 PM CST
6500K not 3000K. Home depot charges too much. Get a light fixture with bulbs included from eBay. Gene
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Oct 30, 2016 2:44 PM CST
I have occasion to evaluate indoor light for many clients and they consistently overestimate the available light in their homes. Part of the reason is that our eye pupils adjust to light intensity to even things out. Of course, plants don't have that ability. People tend to see the light in a room as about the same throughout the room without realizing that light intensity drops off dramatically with every foot of distance from the light source (window). The room may seem very bright, but is not so bright across the room from the window.

You are also very right about outdoor light being much more intense than indoor light.
Will Creed
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Oct 30, 2016 11:03 PM CST
Thank you so much Gene. I appreciate you!!!
Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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madcratebuilder
Oct 31, 2016 5:47 AM CST
Laurie, I've bought several T5HO fixtures in the past three months, SunBlaster and other brands. I use both 3 and 2 foot size. The best deal I've found yet is from ebay, this is a dual bulb unit with reflector. Reflectors are very important, they direct much more light down to the plants. A dual bulb 22" unit lights a 24x12 shelf with enough light for any plant I can think of, I have several Kalanchoe under a dual unit and they are growing just like full sun. All my tender succulents are in a 4 tier mini greenhousen with 2 bulbs for each tier and they are very happy campers.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/391483...

You can get the single bulb for $22 shipped, duel are 40 shipped. Figure in $12 for a digital programmable timer.

I took these this AM, no flash, the T5HO bulbs only.
Single 3"
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These are dual 22" units.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Oct 31, 2016 11:05 PM CST
Hi @Madcratebuilder:

I just sat down and found this. Thank you. I have saved it in my docs to read tomorrow. The goblins and Ghoulies kept me hopping tonight. I will get back to you guys on this tomorrow after work!!. Appreciate your input, as this befuddles me. Happy Haunting !
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Nov 1, 2016 8:22 AM CST
Steve, many of those plants look very similar to the ones that I also have that have been outside in the AL sun.

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Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Nov 1, 2016 8:46 AM CST
Hi Tiff, most of the Hoya plants I acquired as cutting, now that they are 5 months or older they are really showing growth. The Kalanchoe and Crassula also started as small cuttings, they root pretty fast and I'm seeing good growth. So many plants and so little room. Now to get them thru the coming winter.
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