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Old 06-18-2022, 09:53 AM
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I've been growing orchids in a grow tent with some other plants and now I want to give them their own tent. Vivosun has a kit I can get that will save some money that includes its own light. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this type of light for orchids. Its the VS 1000, link here:

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I'm thinking since most vivosun products are designed for cannabis this light is probably pretty powerful. I know most people recommend the orchid hobbyist lights and I can do that, it's just this kit would save some cash. Any insight would be appreciated. thank you.
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Old 06-18-2022, 01:48 PM
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I havenít used that light but it does say itís dimmable so Iíd assume you could meet the light needs of almost anything, but youíd be buying an over powered light for (what Iím assuming) your needs are. What types of orchids are you planning on growing under it? Low-moderate or mod-high light plants? A combo?
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:33 PM
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I havenít used that light but it does say itís dimmable so Iíd assume you could meet the light needs of almost anything, but youíd be buying an over powered light for (what Iím assuming) your needs are. What types of orchids are you planning on growing under it? Low-moderate or mod-high light plants? A combo?
I'm growing mostly phalaenopsis cattleyas and vandas but also have an oncidium, dendrobium and two tolumnias. So a mix haha.

Yeah since the unit is primarily designed for cannabis I'd assume it will be a little overpowered but id rather have that and adjust than the other way around.
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Old 06-18-2022, 03:26 PM
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Saving cash is always nice, but that is a really nice light regardless. The Cannabis people would probably use a light like that for just one plant. Two at most. You should be able to grow many, many more orchid plants than that with that light.

You won't be able to put everything at the same distance from the light anyway, so, in a way, it's perfect that you can (must) stack plants according to their light needs.

What is the rest of the kit like? Clearly they didn't do the cost savings on the light. I'm a little concerned that the tent will be on the tiny side. I resisted 'orchidariums' and grow tents because of that. But for me personally, if I can't get IN the tent, it's too small. But that's my personal bias.
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Take a look at botanicalleds.com (formerly theorchidhobbyist.com). The lamps were engineered with a par meter (intensity) and spectrophotometer (spectrum) with orchids in mind, and are some of the best bang for the buck out there.

I donít understand the confusion about LEDs. A photon is a photon, and every plant has its volume demand in the correct wavelengths. As long as the spectrum is reasonably complete in the par range, itís all about watts and distance. A ďmega lampĒ intended to grow full sun cacti is perfectly fine for deep understory, shade loving plants - all you have to do is increase the lamp to-plant distance so the intensity is reduced to give the plants the correct range of photon volume in a day.

Likewise (within limits) a really weak lamp can be sufficient for a vanda - if itís kept really close to the plant for an extended time per day.
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thanks for the help everyone it's appreciated. I did contact botanicalleds and will ask him as well.
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