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#1 coleman318

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 11:25 AM

Hey everyone! I thought this would be the best forum for this type of question, I am growing various cacti and plants in my garage and it’s near the garage door. I use LED lights so it does not heat up very well and to prevent the cacti from going dormant I would like to heat the area. I bought two 250 watt heat lamps at big box store and I have s few concerns. The socket I am using can handle these bulbs output but the plastic sockets get so damn hot. Also I don’t know if these bulbs are meant to be on for 8-14 hours straight. Here are some pictures. Anyone have a better idea in how to heat this small space? I’m wanting something that can handle being in for long periods of time or I guess I can set a timer for it to interval. I know if I buy a MH or HPS bulb it will help with heat but I’m trying not to waste the lights I already own.

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#2 PJammer24

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 01:04 PM

I am not as well versed in cactus cultivation as some of the other guys but for heating I would consider some of the following:

 

Register style electric space heater. I prefer these too the blowing units in most situations.

 

Heating cable/rope can be effective in keeping the grow medium at a desired temperature.

 

Heating solutions designed for terrariums may also be useful.

 

I am sure some other people have some good solutions...


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#3 PapMyc

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 01:40 PM

Hi coleman318. First I would try and enclose that area with some plywood or polystyrene insulation. Thos heat lamps are IMO dangerous. I have seen first hand fires started by their use. A personal electric heater with a thermostat is what I use now. They cost less then $50.




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