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Grow Lights for orchids

This is a discussion on Grow Lights for orchids within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Anyone know if there is an affordable grow light product that is battery operated so ...

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    Unhappy Grow Lights for orchids

    Anyone know if there is an affordable grow light product that is battery operated so that I won't have to re-wire my house?

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    Battery operated grow lights i,ve never seen but if you use High Output CFL Grow Lights the power draw is reasonably low compared to a full HPS/MH system but you will need more to cover the same area as a say a 400w/600w HPS system.
    HPS = High pressure sodium
    MH = Metal halide.
    CFL = Compact fluorescent lamp

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    Thank you. I have 3 Phals in my glass block bathroom window and I'm afraid the light isn't sufficient. I suppose I would have to put a hole in a wall or in the tile to install a grow light and I don't want to do that.

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    You might also look into High Output T5 Fluorescent Grow Lights. You won't have to rewire, just plug into a standard wall outlet. It will really depend on the types of orchids you wish to grow. That will be the big factor on the type of lighting you will need. Good Luck, Rich

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    Should I use LED's or T5's for my Phals? I have a couple Phals growing in my bathroom glass blocked windows also and am wondering the same thing.

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    T5's seem really popular & will definitely give enough light for Phal's.

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    The new LED grow lights with 5 watt diodes are powerful and give out a lot of light than the old 1 watt diodes. ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ----

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    All of the above will work, but none of them is battery operated.

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    A grow light system for 3 phallies sounds a bit OTT to me. If you are trying to reflower plants, I believe it would be cheaper and simpler to throw them away,and buy fresh ones every few months !

    However, phallies are not the most light demanding orchids. I grow a few in a bathroom where a venetian blind is kept in a 3/4 closed position all the time. Reflowering is more a matter of temperature than light. In Taiwan where a lot come from, they grow them at a minimum of 70 F, and then they will grow bigger but never flower. Then they drop the temperature to below 60 and they will initiate spikes. Its as simple as that. No messing about with extra light.

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    Thanks, Ray. So far they are thriving and look wonderful. I will leave them be til late October and then move them outside for some cooler nights. Mary

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    They are putting out new leaves and look wonderful so I guess the light they're getting is ok. I plan to move them outside late October so that they can get some of the cooler nights. Still really hot here right now. Thanks, Mary

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