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Default question on light setup?

I just set up my first vivarium and got an Exo-terra dual top light fixture, I have 2 T8 Life-Glo full spectrum 15w 6700k, light fixture also has 2 outlets for halogens, but I replaced them with 2 LED 4w-35w bright white light at 3000k.

Vivarium is for orchids mostly, light fixture sits about 20" off bottom of tank strata.

Any help would be appreciated.

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My question is, do you think that my lights are right? Should I use different types or will this combination work well?
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The color of the lights is fine if that is what you are asking.
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As said above. A good start for a growing cabinet.

Youjust need to see what like the light levels you get :-)
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It all depends on which orchids you will be growing and where your exo-terra located ( close to the window or in a basement, etc.). My best suggestion would be to purchase an inexpensive light meter ( I got mine from Amazon for $18) and research the light needs of your orchids. The 6000K and 3700K is spectrum and not the light intensity. I thought when I bought my first light fixture that 2 of 6K bulbs will give me 12K lumens but oh boy was I wrong lol I got like 2.5K lumens out of those 2 bulbs. Right now I have high output T5 lamps ( a 4 light 48 inch fixture from Home Depot) which gives me between 11K and 16K lumens ( my exoterra is next to the window). I do have a vanda and few cattleyas hence high light. If you grow phals, you would not need as much.

Hope this helps a bit.

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