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T5 Cool or Warm light

This is a discussion on T5 Cool or Warm light within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I just bought my 1st T5 set of lights. I got the version with the ...

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    I just bought my 1st T5 set of lights. I got the version with the cool(Grow) bulbs. They also come with a warm(bloom) version.
    When would I want to use bloom bulbs, if at all? When I have plants in bloom they occupy spots above humidity trays along a south window. I live in Missouri so the sun is fairly low on the horizon, plus it's filtered by a couple of large trees. After they are done blooming they are moved to a rack under the GL's to do what plants do.
    Any ideas/thoughts would be appreciated.

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    It sounds like you don't need the bloom lights then. If anything, when buds develop, you 'could' use them at that point. I don't think you need the bloom version if your orchids are blooming for you now. Someone will hopefully have a better answer but my 'guess' is if you have a full spectrum grow bulb, you should not have to change it between cool and warm.

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    Thanks,
    Being new at this, a lot of my plants were in bloom when I acquired them. This plan of mine to move them under the lights when they are blooming is based on what I think I should do. Definitely not past experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilricky View Post
    Thanks,
    Being new at this, a lot of my plants were in bloom when I acquired them. This plan of mine to move them under the lights when they are blooming is based on what I think I should do. Definitely not past experience.
    Hi lilricky! I have an orchidarium with T5 lights and one with florescent lights. I use a mixture of both warm and cool colored bulbs and here is a quote from a member of a different forum I belong in response to a member asking about using just a 2700K bulb (warm colored) that someone sold the member in a hydroponic store. I quote him because he has great experience and I am still a beginner with growing orchids as well and I have only had my orchidariums since June of 2007, so I take no credit for what I know...lol.....here is his reasoning and I have seen great results so far in both growth and blooming!

    "For all around use with most plants, and orchids in particular, you want 5000K lamps or close to that. 6500K are OK but maybe a mix is better. The reason for 5000K is that this is the color temperature of the sun (full sunlight - no clouds) at noon at the equator. Your sun may register a bit higher K as you are further from the equator."

    Hope there aren't any problems with me quoting from another forum, if so someone please let me know and I won't do it again, I just want to give proper credit for info I give that is not directly mine.

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    Sounds good.
    Thanks

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