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View Poll Results: What type of lighting do you use

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  • Standard Flourescent

    7 50.00%
  • High Output Flourescent

    0 0%
  • Metal Halide

    3 21.43%
  • High Pressure Sodium

    1 7.14%
  • Other ???

    5 35.71%
Multiple Choice Poll.
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Thread: Lighting Poll

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  1. #1
    My Grow Area
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Catts and Paphs
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Surprise, AZ
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    Default Lighting Poll

    What type of lighting do you use for your plants?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2004


    I have both Ceramic metal halide & HPS bulbs for my growroom setup.
    The Ceramic Metal halide are a direct replacement & don,t need a different ballast.
    Light given off is full spectrum so it appears very much like natural sunlight , where as my HPS bulb gives off a distinctly red tinged light.Which is best for my plants .I,ll give the CMH a few months & see how it goes.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2004


    I use the best light of all. sunshine

  4. #4
    My Grow Area
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All types
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
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    Like Forrest I use sunshine , In the plant area in the house if a dull day or certain times of the year .... Flourescent. Gin

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2005


    T8 fluorescents, 4-4' tubes per shelf. Bulbs are Phillips Daylight Deluxe, 6500k, 2900 lumens, color rendering 85. Works great so far! All available at my local HD.

    Used to use the Wonderlites (150w Mercury Vapor). Took too many and then heat and humidity became headaches....then the spider mites came! ARGH! Then I realized I'd "overdone" the light, dropped back to fluor. and am much, much happier.

    I have about 100+ orchids. They bloom and rebloom fine under the T8s for me with some light from windows (nw, n, and west). I also grow some in a south window without any supplemental light during winter. They tend to have humidity issues that I don't have in the main area under lights.

    In the main area I have tons of drip pans that I leave water in and, I suppose due to volume, the humidity out there has remained good even during the hot summer. On cloudy days, like today, it's in the 70% range!

    Hope this helps....Maggie

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2005


    I use high-wattage compact fluorescent bulbs. My current setup over my orchidarium consists of a large lighting hood and 2 85W CFLs.

    I have another small growing area for my larger plants and I use a single 85W bulb.


  7. #7
    Real Name
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis for bloom time
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Watervliet Michigan
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    I use compact fluorescents werever I can because they are cheaper to opperate. I got 2 led lights for christmas I have them in my basement setup over small Cattleyas and they are doing well. The LED lights use less energy than the comact flouresents do. The LED I have are the square ones with all the little lights in them. I want to try some of the bulb type LED that fit in a normal light scocket.
    Last edited by Brutal_Dreamer; February 16th, 2009 at 06:50 PM. Reason: vendor name removed.

  8. #8
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phals and phaius
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Westminster, MD


    I grow under a 400 watt metal halide and a t-5 high output with 4 four foot tubes. Also a few using just window light.

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