They also have a 1000 watt version that only uses about 100 watts I think. Maybe they have something like that on your side of the pond?
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This is a discussion on terrarium, vivarium, orchidarium :) within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Patience, ah parience. lol. cheer, BD...
Patience, ah parience. lol.
that looks very interesting! I'll give it a search in danish thank you very much
Well... The 50W bulb ended up creating so much heat that it cracked the top glass - not in a disaster kind of way so I'll live I went out and bought a energy saving spot bulb of 11W which equals 50W's in terms of the light amount it produces. This is working really well (not cracking the glass) but I'll need one or two more to get sufficient light at the bottom. So now my qustion goes:
Which kind of light is it that results in leaf sunburn?? UV, visible or IR/heat??
If it's the visible/white light I'll be in trouble since this will be very high in top, but if it's any of the two others I think I'll be ok by putting catts. and dends. at the top.
What do you guys think??
The IR/heat would be useless for the plants and might actually cook them or add to your glass-cracking issues. UV is unnecessary and not very useful for supplying the plants' needs
So it's the amount of white light that determines if a plant would get sunburn?
I believe it is actually the heat that burns the leaves. I think it would take a pretty bright and hot bulb with a plant too close to do that.
I have several of my plants within a couple of inches of a flourescent bulb with no ill effects at all.
Sounds good Then I'll just keep those energy saving bulbs coming!
Now another problem, I have these two computer fans hooked up to a 12v power supply and they're running great - the only thing is that they are pretty noisy. So to not have them on all the time, I have them on an automatic switch that only allows 10 programs (meaning that I can get the fan to turn on and of 10 times a day). So here's my question: Will it suffice to have the fans turned on in 10 minute intervals with 2 hours between to prevent rot, fungus etc.? Or should they allways be on? (in that case I'll have to get a 7v or 9v power supply to quite things down a bit )
Cool....luv it! I've never see this grow setup before (understandable since I'm very new to orchids). Really like it! I know you'll fill it up with wonderful plants.....best of luck.
Can you post an updated picture...
I'm quite curious to see how it looks now.