The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 12

Q: About LED lights.

A: So really it is not an exaggeration to say that there is a revolution occuring in carnivorous plant lighting. While fluorescent lighting used to be the go-to lighting source for nearly all growers, people are starting to use LED lighting for their growing arrangements.

Unfortunately, I have neither heard nor read a good comparison between fluorescents and LEDs. The four issues I would dearly like to know about, when comparing LEDs to fluorescents, are the following:

1)What kind of LED lighting (how many strips, or individual lights, etc.) do I need to replace my 6 fluorescent bulbs?

2)Sure the LEDs may be bright to my eyes, but what about the PAR of these lights? (Read the previous FAQ page if you don't know what PAR is.)

3) How hot will the LEDs be, in a closed environment?

4)How expensive will it be to switch from 6 bulbs in a 48 inch long terrarium, to LEDs?

If you want to provide an authoritative summary, please do so. But be ready for me to really grill you with questions.

The best summary of LED information I have found is this article by John Brittnacher. I am studying it carefully.

Page citations: Rice, B.A. personal observation.

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