Is this "plant light" really for the plants?

Discussion in 'Equipment and Supplies' started by reidsy, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. reidsy

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    Hi,
    I just got back from the local Menards and bought a new 60 watt desktop lamp and a 60 watt light bulb, the link to it is here:
    http://www.soslightbulbs.com/ge-plant-light-a19.aspx

    But would this bulb actually be better for the plants? It barely puts out any light compared to my old 40 watt lamp and bulb so this kind of got me wondering if I should just throw this "plant light" bulb out and buy a 60 watt clear or white one.

    I didn't know if maybe were its tinted blue (I can't tell, but the box shows it is), that maybe it made it a lot better than having a brighter bulb.

    Thanks
     
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  2. John S

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    It looks like it just filters certain wavelengths to produce a different color light. So there's probably no advantage to this bulb verse a normal 60w clear bulb. A spiral fluorescent light would produce much more light(use a higher equivalent - 100w+).
     
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  3. reidsy

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    Ya that's what I thought, o well I will just have to buy a different light. I will try to find a spiral one as like you said they put off a lot more.

    This new lamp I got can go up to 60 watt:
    http://www.menards.com/main/lights-...mps/adjustable-metal-table-lamp/p-1381885.htm

    Its just not painted black, its the steel color.

    So this light bulb is probably for showing off plants in small exhibits or something.
     
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  4. reidsy

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    Well real quick here's the set up in my room:
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    How many watt equivalent do you think it might need?
     
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  5. John S

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    A 100w (23-27w usually) should be good. Also look for a full spectrum light bulb.
     
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