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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Simple Lighting Setup

Where to start? Probably with the amount of light that African violets will thrive on. Winter sunlight is not enough. There is not enough, and a window is not always the best place.

Violets do best with at least twelve to sixteen hours of light a day. That’s far more than we can get through a window during the winter. It’s much easier to supply artificial light evenly for your violet. Normal tungsten bulbs are too hot. Violets prefer daytime temperatures below 78 degrees - and night temperatures above 60. Even the light from a single florescent desk lamp will work wonders if it’s placed just over the violet.

At present I’m trying a CFB placed about 14 inches above the single plant. It’s a warm daylight bulb with (approx) brightness of a 100 watt light bulb.

(It’s a Greenlite 23w/ELS 2700k bulb T2)
It runs cool enough so the plant is not being scorched. A timer turns the light on at 9:00 am, and off at 10:30 pm.

Next - Making watering and feeding easy!


Gail said...

Seems to be working, the violet is not screaming...kidding.

forestwalk/laura k said...

yes, your violet looks content...not sweating from the heat...and not shivering from the cold! perfect!

Home In The Hollow said...

That's interesting about the violets. I didn't realize that they required that much light, Rusty! Maybe I'll pick one up. Hey, can I use one of those "bankers lamps"?

Rusty said...

OK,now what is a 'bankers lamp'? If you mean something around the size of a 12 inch fluorescent rated between 24 and 30 watts - yes. In fact that is exactly how I discovered how to get a violet to grow. I had tried before but ended up killing two - the window light was just not enough. The third try was heading the same way until I decided to give it more light by my computer desk. It worked! It's not the best - but it should work.

Sandy said...

Enjoying catching up here.