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Will this work for a low tech vase?

https://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Asta...s%2C157&sr=8-6


I am trying to plan out a planted tank for my work desk and was wondering if this would work. I plan on simple plants and shrimp.
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It looks like a pretty good light, but I think you could find more reasonably priced options. I have a planted bowl (plants only, no livestock) and two low tech tanks and most everything is lit with cool white LED bulbs and plants are growing fine. I think either a simple clip on desk lamp or shop clamp light with the right bulb would be fine for a small vase and cost half as much.


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It looks like a pretty good light, but I think you could find more reasonably priced options. I have a planted bowl (plants only, no livestock) and two low tech tanks and most everything is lit with cool white LED bulbs and plants are growing fine. I think either a simple clip on desk lamp or shop clamp light with the right bulb would be fine for a small vase and cost half as much.

What bulb would you recommend? I have a desk lamp i could use, just dont want it to look "ghetto" lol
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I've just been using these LED lights from Home Depot. They are only 5000K and usually 6500K color bulbs are recommended, but this is what I could find in stock locally and I figured it would work fine enough for the short-term. My plants seem to be doing just fine from what I can tell. You can find the 6500K LED bulbs on Amazon though.



The two lights on the right are the cool white LED bulbs, the desk lamp in the middle over the bowl is actually a warm white LED that I had handy but everything seems to be growing well enough for what I need. The purple light on the far left is just a grow light for some random house plants.


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I have that lamp, it is extremely bright. It does have a dimmer built in which is nice. It also comes with a lens so you can adjust the light output angle.


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So i am switching from my vase idea to the spare 5 gal i have laying around. that one takes 2 twist in bulbs. I will look for bulbs that work in the lid. I have used this tank before and had great results from the Walmart CFL Aquarium lights that they sell.
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I've just been using these LED lights from Home Depot. They are only 5000K and usually 6500K color bulbs are recommended.

It's only a matter of looks..

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5000-6500K -- Simulate Daylight. Daylight color temperature at noon is 5600K, but sunlight color temperature can vary widely based on time of day and weather conditions. To give the perception of daylight (bluish white light), use light sources with a color temperature of 5000K or higher.

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Those wont fit in the lid i have. i will have to post a pic tonight when i get home
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