adfjk89
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full spectrum CFL?

Will these be as good as sunlight? i have a majesty palm and a ponytail palm bonsai....my room is in the basement so i have to move the plants every day to get any sunlight through the small east facing windows..i got a 27W full spectrum from home depot ..it was the only full spectrum they had and it says its the 100w equivalent to the old bulbs thanks

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A single 27W CF bulb will not support a larger palm. Possibly, if the tree is only inches from the lamp, it might survive, but it won't thrive. For long term keeping in a basement, you'll probably want to eventually go with T5HO. MH and HPS lamps will work too, but produce far too much heat. HTH.

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well i wouldnt be able to use something that size in my room although its probably my best bet...the other bulbs i found are here [url=https://www.amazon.com/Full-Spectrum-Light-Bulb-daylight/dp/B0019HZQPM/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=thehelpfulgar-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325]https://www.amazon.com/Full-Spectrum-Light-Bulb-daylight/dp/B0019HZQPM/[/url] ...they are full spectrum 85W which they say is equivalent to 300w

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do you think that with the 85w they would do ok? i have another room i can keep them in that already has the long tube fixture on the ceiling that i can put t5 bulbs in but i wanted to have the plants in my room if possible without setting up some lighting system in it? thanks

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You get a lot of scatter from those spiral bulbs, which means a lot of lost light. A single 85W CF spiral is probably about the equivalent of a 12" T5 (not HO). The 85W (if it's true 85 and not "85W equivalent") will probably be pretty okay for each tree individually. I'd suggest a minimum of a 14 hour photoperiod, though, no more than a foot from the tree tops.

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ok thanks and what exactly do you mean by a minimum photoperiod of 14 hours? that means that i should have light on it the other 10 hours of the day?

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No, the light should be on for 14 hours, off for 10. It's not science though, 12 hours might be okay, or 16 might be necessary. 14 is a good starting point.

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