If I might ask a question, that is probably most likely already answered. (I'm not the best 'searcher' on the forum)
I have 6, yes 6, 4 foot t5 light fixtures. I would like to switch them to LED. Now....the problem is, I don't speak ballasts, retrofit, "as long as it's the same ballast, it's plug and play" etc etc. I read as much about it as I can, but there's always someone trying to sell you what you don't need. So I'm confused. Can someone help me out. I need about 20 LEDs to replace t5's standard. I can upload pics of my type of t5, or can show a link to what I usually buy from eBay. Thanks in advance Michael Hardwick
I am not a lighting expert, and have limited artificial lighting experience for my CPs. But we do use LED light for our planted aquarium tanks, but we mostly use "Spotlight" LEDs.
My office has started to convert from Fluorescent bulbs to LED bulbs, and we were able to find a supplier of LED bulbs that will use the same receptacle as our original Fluorescent bulbs, we even bypass the Ballast. What I am sure is that there are so many LED products out there, you just need to find the correct one, specially if you have specific color temperature requirements.
This is not what we use, but might be the one that you need. If not please look for similar one, and the key word you might want to include is "Ballast bypass". From what I understand, it means you can directly connect the LED bulb to an AC outlet without ballast and it will work.
I grow most of my collection indoors under LED light. IMHO, retrofit kits are expensive and for the most part not very good, compared to a lot of the prefab led grow lamps. Roleadro lights are available on amazon for very approachable prices and they perform very well. Alternatively, making your own isn't very hard if you go with what's known as a chip on board (COB) setup. You can also easily customize the spectrum to outperform stock lights.
You can get an LED COB chip with an integrated driver and light output comparable to a 250 watt metal halide for $5.00-10.00, add in a complete heat sink,fan and lens for another $15.00 or find scrap heat sinks and fans for pennies. If you decide you're interested in looking into that, the diy reef tank community is a good place to look for plans. I've also bought a few chips and accessories from
Hontiey and been happy. They sell every component you'd need and their integrated driver chips are totally solder less. You just plug a few things in and screw them together, and for $20-30 you have a light that competes with something 10X as expensive.
thatoneplantboi: Hey guys, I'm new to growing nepenthes, I'm getting a mini indoor greenhouse to grow them in. What kind of light should I use for them? Also, if you could provide a link to a product, it would be very much appreciated
Oct 5, 2017 10:16:29 GMT 7
borneo: Yes, they work superbly. But you don't need expensive lights, cheap ones work well too.
Sept 2, 2018 14:34:57 GMT 7
mylesg: i havent checked in here for a while, why does it seem all the CP forums have lost their once strong activity? the trade/sale section used to be so active and now its a ghost town. where is everybody hanging out these days for a strong online CP community?
Dec 9, 2018 3:15:01 GMT 7
mylesg: Happy holidays to everyone out there!
Dec 26, 2018 0:23:13 GMT 7
lance: Everyone left the forums and moved to facebook groups.
Oct 2, 2019 12:09:05 GMT 7
mylesg: yes, facebook groups will never have same feel as this place once did
Nov 3, 2019 8:34:22 GMT 7
etiennecancio: perhaps we can try to revitalize the old forums? i always found them to be much more convenient than facebook groups at least hah
Nov 4, 2019 17:01:25 GMT 7
mylesg: i refuse to abandon this place, i am posting in my grow thread with many photos and always there to answer any questions just built new grow room and tons of pitcher shots!
Nov 6, 2019 21:17:59 GMT 7
vidyut: hey mylesg. glad to hear that. Love this forum. Facebook can't organize knowledge like this. Will participate as much as I can.
Nov 25, 2019 5:37:09 GMT 7
vidyut: Photobucket has ruined this place and many other forum archives with years and years of photos worth referencing now blurred. Priceless information hostage to services once free, begging for adoption, arbitrarily monetized.
Nov 25, 2019 16:28:58 GMT 7
bonfield: This forum is almost at 13K total threads, I can't wait to read the topic that pushes it past the mark!
Dec 3, 2019 8:27:58 GMT 7
arvin555: I do not like FB forums because it is difficult to read back Archives. Let us keep this forum alive!
Dec 9, 2019 11:14:09 GMT 7
mylesg: just posted ton of new pics in my thread!
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