The Windowsill Orchidarium Project
User Name

Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.

The Windowsill Orchidarium Project
Many perks!



Fauna Top Sites
Old 09-21-2017, 08:34 AM
sesh sesh is offline
Jr. Member

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 17
The Windowsill Orchidarium Project
Default The Windowsill Orchidarium Project

Hi Everyone,

After writing many drafts of the problem and the solution I have in mind, I thought a doodle would actually say it most effectively, so here goes.

This problem is probably faced by a large number of people growing plants in the urban space:

The solution:

Why am I calling it an Orchidarium project?
Even though the main change is to be as a result of lighting, I will need to automate everything, Lights, fans, humidifier, watering.


---------- Post added at 05:41 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:02 PM ----------

I began the project with my biggest problem: light.

I have three distinct groups:
1. Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilums
2. Cattleyas, dendrobiums and (wishful thinking-vandas)
3. Species collection (needing high light and a rest period, and which grow in a very naturally disorganized manner)

All three groups need a similar kind of arrangement:
Taller growing plants/lower light plants at the bottom on tiers, and the grill on top populated with mounts/hanging pots.

For example, in window 1, the paphs would be on pots on tiers at the bottom, and the phals would be hung on the grill.

This means that I need to buy/design/make a light that can sit on the top, but has the strength to reach the plants at the bottom, has to be cheap, and doesn't inflate my power bill!

---------- Post added at 06:04 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:41 PM ----------

In Mumbai, the weather is hot, then wet, then hot again, barring a couple of months nov-dec, when it gets cool enough to not need air-conditioning.

So now my lights need to be cheap, bright, efficient, and cool. that pretty much narrowed my choices down to LED lights.

To that end, after a lot of reading(mostly here), I ordered these lights from aliexpress,

1pcs Hydroponice AC 220V 20w 30w 50w led grow chip full spectrum 380nm 840nm for indoor led grow light-in LED Grow Lights from Lights & Lighting on | Alibaba Group

and posted an enquiry here:
Why LEDs make bad plant lights (facts + pics!)

The update is, @Naoki, you were right, that fan is sufficient for the light. The first fan I tried with was faulty.
When I tried it again yesterday, it stayed cool, even after 3hrs, so the cooling for these leds is now resolved.
Now I will be creating an array, and measure the light output vs power consumption.


Last edited by sesh; 09-21-2017 at 07:34 AM.. Reason: Images did not show up
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 2 Likes
Likes estación seca, NewLeaf liked this post
Old 09-21-2017, 09:26 AM
Dollythehun's Avatar
Dollythehun Dollythehun is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Aug 2016
Zone: 6a
Location: Northern Indiana
Posts: 4,880
The Windowsill Orchidarium Project Female

That is an impressive project. Amazing job. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2017, 12:17 PM
Leafmite's Avatar
Leafmite Leafmite is offline
Senior Member

Join Date: Sep 2010
Zone: 5b
Location: Ohio
Posts: 9,324
The Windowsill Orchidarium Project

Birds can really do the damage. Good luck! I hope you have great success with your project and orchids!
I decorate in green!
Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2019, 05:19 AM
sesh sesh is offline
Jr. Member

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 17
The Windowsill Orchidarium Project

Hi everyone!

First, apologies for disappearing after initiating this thread. Many changes in life contributed (business, moving to a new house, and a child).
Moving to a new apartment meant I could not put plants on the windowsill, and so the project was terminated.

A couple of quick points on the LEDs in the previous posts. Though easy to use, the light output was only 1500lux when measured at 50cm away. If it was really a 50W LED at 80lm/watt, I should have got a reading of 5000lux or so. That meant that the unit might consume 50W of power, but the LED is definitely not a 50W led. Probably a 20-30W chip, I have no way of finding out. Anyways, that was that.

However, can’t go without orchids, can we?

Since the only space available to me to do with as I like was my studio (no usable window-sills here either), I have been building a completely indoor Orchidarium, with plants growing only under artificial light.

I will be starting a new thread to share my experience.

Thanks again everyone!
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 1 Likes
Likes WaterWitchin liked this post


main, orchidarium, project, solution, urban

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My orchidarium project Vida Terrarium Gardening 0 07-31-2017 01:06 AM
Projects - What Are They & Previous Project Plants RosieC Member Projects 18 06-10-2013 05:13 AM
Summer Project, 2011 (Intermediate) - Project Plant Suggestions FairyInTheFlowers Member Projects 44 05-31-2011 05:01 AM
Summer 2010 plant project suggestions flhiker Member Projects 288 08-09-2010 08:37 PM
Spring 2010 project sign up! flhiker Member Projects 204 04-05-2010 05:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:14 AM.

© 2007
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.