Re: Halide lamps and heat

Robert Allen (Robert.Allen@Eng.Sun.COM)
Tue, 1 Feb 1994 09:25:29 +0800

>>> Unless this Wardian box is being kept someplace really cold, I'd agree with
>>> Rick's suggestion that a little light would do the trick. If this was my
>>> project, I'd buy a thermostat (a $30 Dayton one would be fine), hook it up
>>> to a light bulb, and be done with it. Maybe I'd rig a small light-tight
>>> enclosure for the light bulb if I were afraid the light emitted would
>>> adversely affect the plant because of some photoperiod requirements...
>>> 40W is a potent power source, especially for a small enclosed area.
>>That's a great suggestion. Do you feel the humidity could cause any sort
>>of fire hazard? Are there fixtures designed for this sort of thing?

I'd check a large hardware store, and if that fails, a marine
supply store (tell them you want a full battalion :-)). I've
seen fixtures which were absolutely waterproof. Typically they
also had a metal skeleton to protect the bulb.