Houseplants forum: Lighting question

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nslade001
Feb 24, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Hi, I am moving to a home without great lighting. The living room just has one good sized north-facing window. We're painting it off-white to help reflect light and brighten the room, and adding a large mirror across from the window.

I'd like to put a shelf over the couch for smaller (4-6"pots) foliage plants (such as arrowhead, parlor palm, maybe pothos, spider etc)? This wall receives basically no light except reflected. I was wondering if it would help to place a 2-light 48" ,@ 32W fluorescent fixture on the ceiling above (Philips F32T8/TL950). The lights would be maybe 2 feet above the shelf. Plants would be of varying heights and be rotated between windows and shelf.

I'm not looking for major growth, just maintenance and healthy plants.

Thanks so much!
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 24, 2017 10:12 AM CST
You really want to get some T5 HO fixtures with 6500K bulbs. Many posts here already on this. Perhaps do a search?? Gene

nslade001
Feb 24, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Hi, thanks for replying. I just wondered if using what I *have* ( the bulbs and fixture in original post) would be helpful, or basically a waste of time and energy? As opposed to what would be the ideal.
Thanks so much,
Nikki
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 24, 2017 10:55 AM CST
Well, try what you have now. Either it works or it doesn't. No cost. A learning experience. There are some variables that make it inexact to predict the results. If the plants are not doing well get something better. Gene
Name: Mac
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McCannon
Feb 25, 2017 7:13 AM CST
nslade, you can purchase F32T8 Daylight lamps at Home Depot that will work in your existing fixtures for around $11 for a 2-pak: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Phi...
These are 6500K lamps, suitable for maintaining your plants. They're somewhat brighter than your existing F32T8/TL950 lamps which are 5000K.
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nslade001
Feb 26, 2017 9:44 PM CST
Thank you, and especially for the info on purchasing bulbs, I had no idea they would be so affordable!
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WillC
Mar 12, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Overhead fluorescent lights work just fine for low and medium light plants. They produce light in the right part of the color spectrum for good foliage growth. No need to get special color-corrected or "plant light" tubes which cost more.
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Mar 12, 2017 6:19 PM CST
The 6500K lamps I suggested are rated "Daylight". Neither color-corrected nor plant lights. Just more like actual daylight and brighter than the standard "Soft" or "Warm" rated lamps.
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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Mar 17, 2017 5:24 AM CST
The standard fluorescent bulbs should work fine I use them for plants I have in my basement. Nothing special just standard shop lights I think 40 watt but maybe 32 similar to what was posted in the link above . Since you are using them as supplemental lighting they should work out fine.
Plants are like that little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Mar 17, 2017 6:13 AM CST
I think one of our resident lighting experts should define the term "standard".
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nslade001
Mar 24, 2017 6:45 AM CST
Thanks everyone! I'll probably use my own over one shelf and the daylight over another, and move plants around if needed! Maybe one bulb of each in one fixture? -nikki
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Mar 24, 2017 6:58 AM CST
No reason that shouldn't work. You can always move the plants around if any seem to be suffering.
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