I'm in zone 7b and need to bring a few sub-tropicals inside over the wintertime.
Has anyone suceessfully used Halogen Lamps for light. Lamps are adjustable
and wattage can be varied from 100 W (2000 Lumens) to about 1000 Watts.
There is be some ambient lighting, as location is by a east window... but for
the most part...supplemental lighting will be necessary and I'm wondering if
halogens will do the job.
They will certainly work. However, halogens are not nearly as
efficient as fluorescent or HID lighting, so you do use quite a bit more
electricity to get the same amount of light. As a comparison, a 100-watt
metal halide bulb will give off around 9,000 lumens, 4.5 times more than
the halogen you mention. However, the initial expenditure for metal
halide and the lack of dimming ability can overturn any advantage in
efficiency, so it's all up to what you want, and what you're willing to
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