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Houseplant grow light suggestions?

Robbie X

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Hello all.
I am thinking of getting a grow light for my living room. All suitable spots are already occupied by plants, including beneath my tanks to capture light spill, I have even ran out of space on my stairs (gets lots of light).
There is one spot in the rear corner of the living room, around a square meter in size that currently has a large palm and some snake plants. It gets a little light but I would like to add a grow light in this spot and get a little jungle going on in my living room.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of light and what types and manufacturers would you recommend?
Cheers
 

jaypeecee

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Hi @Robbie X

This is something that I have often thought about. But, something known as aquatics keeps getting in the way!

I will watch this thread with interest.

JPC
 

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CFL would be the best value for money power wise, but an LED would look nicer, budget wise? go for a LED yard spotlight, if you want to spend a bit more go for a fan cooled CREE cob light.
 

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Hello all.
I am thinking of getting a grow light for my living room. All suitable spots are already occupied by plants, including beneath my tanks to capture light spill, I have even ran out of space on my stairs (gets lots of light).
There is one spot in the rear corner of the living room, around a square meter in size that currently has a large palm and some snake plants. It gets a little light but I would like to add a grow light in this spot and get a little jungle going on in my living room.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of light and what types and manufacturers would you recommend?
Cheers
Amazon productAmazon product
About 100 watts.

Fancier
Seems like a half dozen similar panels.
Different type.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08X42SCQZ/ref=sspa_mw_detail_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ignore any " 1000w" or other " implied" watt nonsense.
 
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rebel

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I assume you want nice aesthetics as well as power?

How about those PAR38 bulbs that are warm (if you like that).
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You need to figure out a lamp holder...3 would be plenty for a corner like that I reckon....

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Angus

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Something like that would be really nice on a stand if you can't mount a spotlight to the ceiling, also there are LED ones available with flexible attachments so you can alter the direction of the 3 lamps.
 
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Robbie X

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If you go the theatre route then these are very good. You can get barn doors as well. £7.79.
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only 130mm long.
A GU10 led lamp £2.70 450lm.
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£10.49
Plus cabling and plug.
My house plants do well with thisView attachment 177625
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And the aquarium.
Many thanks.
Do you think they will have enough power to grow large plants, like large palms etc?
 
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I have 2 450lm on a Spider plant but they are only 50cm above plant. Plant is doing very well.

Also I have four in the conservatory with 8W 6400k non dimmable 750lm each £2.77. You can see they are on during an overcast day.
https://cpc.farnell.com/v-tac/vt-28...-8w-smd-6400k-38/dp/LP10020?st=gu10 led bulbs

At that price you could buy 1, just to try them @ £10.56 plus a plug, some sort of junction box and mains cable. The mains lead out of the unit is very short about 20cm. You would need to extend it. If it is not what you want you could use it on a specimen plant at close range.

I used the dimmable on aquarium so I can control the amount of light.
 

Robbie X

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I have 2 450lm on a Spider plant but they are only 50cm above plant. Plant is doing very well.

Also I have four in the conservatory with 8W 6400k non dimmable 750lm each £2.77. You can see they are on during an overcast day.
https://cpc.farnell.com/v-tac/vt-2889-1695/lamp-led-gu10-8w-smd-6400k-38/dp/LP10020?st=gu10 led bulbs

At that price you could buy 1, just to try them @ £10.56 plus a plug, some sort of junction box and mains cable. The mains lead out of the unit is very short about 20cm. You would need to extend it. If it is not what you want you could use it on a specimen plant at close range.

I used the dimmable on aquarium so I can control the amount of light.
Cheers 🙏 Most definitely worth looking into. I have recently been experimenting with sealed jars containing mosses and liverworts. One of these with a dimmer would be great to light up a bunch of them on my self unit 😻
 

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