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Artificial Lighting

Post by LisaCa » Mon, 17 Jul 2000 04:00:00



I have recently turned an old barn into a green house with several ponds in it.
The only problem is, there is very little direct sunlight. Does anyone know
what kind of artificial light that I can hang from the ceiling for my pond
plants. And will artificial light be ok for my lilies, lotus, etc.? All of my
plants are getting eaten by the grasshoppers so I would like to move them into
the greenhouse now instead of winter, and possibly keep some there year round.

Any advice is greatly appreciated! I have posted a few times and have always
gotten excellent advice here!

 
 
 

Artificial Lighting

Post by SFin10 » Mon, 17 Jul 2000 04:00:00




<<  there is very little direct sunlight. Does anyone know
what kind of artificial light that I can hang from the ceiling for my pond
plants. And will artificial light be ok for my lilies, lotus, etc.? All of my
plants are getting eaten by the grasshoppers so I would like to move them into
the greenhouse now instead of winter, and possibly keep some there year round.

You need what are called "gro-lites".  Check with nursery suppliers.  But be
prepared for possible inquiries from the govt., because people grow illegal
substances inside with large banks of these lights as well!

 
 
 

Artificial Lighting

Post by LisaCa » Mon, 17 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Thanks for the info on the gro-lights.
Will it be sufficient to hang them at ceiling height or would I have to get
them closer to the ponds?
 
 
 

Artificial Lighting

Post by George Sulliva » Mon, 17 Jul 2000 04:00:00


If your trying to cover a very large area either high intensity bulb (Halide
or sodium) is needed. Even high intensity bulbs need too be near the plants.
This is just one sight of many on the internet.
http://www.hydrofarm.com/content/growlights.html  Do a search on hydroponics
and you will get many sources.

George


Quote:
> I have recently turned an old barn into a green house with several ponds
in it.
> The only problem is, there is very little direct sunlight. Does anyone
know
> what kind of artificial light that I can hang from the ceiling for my pond
> plants. And will artificial light be ok for my lilies, lotus, etc.? All of
my
> plants are getting eaten by the grasshoppers so I would like to move them
into
> the greenhouse now instead of winter, and possibly keep some there year
round.

> Any advice is greatly appreciated! I have posted a few times and have
always
> gotten excellent advice here!

 
 
 

Artificial Lighting

Post by jan jorda » Tue, 18 Jul 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
>If your trying to cover a very large area either high intensity bulb (Halide
>or sodium) is needed. Even high intensity bulbs need too be near the plants.
>This is just one sight of many on the internet.
>http://www.hydrofarm.com/content/growlights.html  Do a search on hydroponics
>and you will get many sources.

>George

I agree. Gro-Lights are usually a waste of money and similar can be
accomplished by one cool and one warm fluorescent bulbs. In an old barn I
would consider a low heat type light and as George said, they must be set
as close as possible to the plant.

I use a 300 watt halogen (too high heat to be left unattended) over my 35
gallon pond in my living room, but it does get some morning sun. How about
some sky lights? :o) ~ jan

 
 
 

Artificial Lighting

Post by LisaCa » Wed, 19 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Thanks Jan!

I do have two skylites in the barn and plan to add a few more, but it still is
not going to be enough direct sun because of the trees. The walls are
practically all glass now because of the windows we have added, but it's still
not enough. I was thinking of just covering the ceiling with a lot of the gro
lights or whatever. I really don't want them*** way down close to the
plants. So, that's the story. I'm kinda stuck on what to do.
Thanks for any and all advice.
Lisa

 
 
 

Artificial Lighting

Post by jan jorda » Sat, 22 Jul 2000 04:00:00


There was an article on an atrium in England that had it's lights on a
pulley system. Close to the plants during non-hours. Pulled up when open to
the public.  Your old barn sounds really neat. ~ jan
Quote:

>Thanks Jan!

>I do have two skylites in the barn and plan to add a few more, but it still is
>not going to be enough direct sun because of the trees. The walls are
>practically all glass now because of the windows we have added, but it's still
>not enough. I was thinking of just covering the ceiling with a lot of the gro
>lights or whatever. I really don't want them*** way down close to the
>plants. So, that's the story. I'm kinda stuck on what to do.
>Thanks for any and all advice.
>Lisa