I could indeed. But I left the drill on a different continent. So might be a while before I either re-buy the battery operated drill that I use for this stuff or just buy a new one. Either way...I guess it is a matter of time anyways...so lets see how it does. I will be upgrading eventually to some cooler DIY LED lights so that should also help.
Here is an update finally after multiple mistakes by the company in sending me the right LEDs. My try at my first DIY LED fixture. Lets see how it goes. Still need to plan out a stand to hang it from. But u can see the vision.
The ceph hasn't grown as well as it could have. I have pretty much neglected it and put it in less than ideal conditions.
but here is the led sink for size
Image is corrected to lower exposure to remove blown out areas. It is brighter in person.
Hi Varun - I hadn't seen this thread before. Very interesting! I always enjoy other CP grower's posts about building "apparatus" for growing their plants. I'm glad the plant has done well for you.
To this point, I've only ever grown my pants to have them. Just to keep them alive and happy. Eschewing anything that could be thought of a ornamental or or done for aesthetics. That said, I've been coming around as I have been trying to better incorporate my CP's into my living space, rather than having them solely confined to the purpose built grow room under my basement stairs. In the basement, looks hardly matter. In the house, they do.
I mention all of this because your interest in apparatus with an eye to ornament has inspired me. To use a tech analogy, I've had the IBM approach of function with no thought to design, but your builds look much more like Apple to my IBM; clean, pleasing design, with usability in mind, while retaining all of the function.
As a side note, I like the color patterning of your LED lights on this build. Seems to create drama. I'd like it if the LED grow lights I have purchased looked more like that, and less like advertising in parts of Amsterdam. Quick question, what is the Eppendorf tubing doing in the last shot?
-Alex Director of Conservation, Research & Education International Carnivorous Plant Society
Thanks Apo. I am still waiting on the colour combination. I wasn't able to get correct blending. There is a lot of disco shadowing. Part of the issue is with the contact points that stick out for these solderless LEDs. I have to figure out a way to get them in closer. Haha! That eppendorf contains a small amount of sphagnum moss species that I got from a friend who sent me an orchid. It is from a totally different locale than anything else in my collection and I am trying to rescue it. No luck so far.
What are the spec's on the LED's and driver circuitry?
Forgot replying Lloyd. I honestly ddn't bother with specs. I am running them at a lower wattage than they are designed for. I got these at rapidled.com. They made a lot of mistakes with the order, but they have been nice enough to fix it free of charge. This is a moonlight kit driver..so a driver that can only run 4 leds. I got the idea from RSS on Terraforums who managed to grow nice looking cephs with this leds. The colours I am trying are more to mimic my RADION fixture with a bit less blue: 2 x cool whites, 1 x deep red and 1 x UV.
PS: I am actually still not using this. The "aluminium profile" isn't that good. There is height differences as a result of which the led is not sitting flush. Rather than risk overheating and killing it, I am going to do it proper. So I ordered a proper flat heatsink off eBay and will continue this project once they arrive.
It is truly a stunted ceph. This is a perfect example of too much light. The slowest growing plant in my collection. Look at the dates ... its insane on how stunted this plant is. The pitchers get light burn... the moss gets light burn. I had to cover the sides to prevent moss from dying due to humidity loss. I used the lid for growing VFTs elsewhere. lol
So I cut up plexiglass and used it to raise the sides...make a open "tank" concept. I REALLY REALLY love the slope the moss has formed. Just beautiful in my eyes...but I need to re-do this. The concept is good..but the plant is just not growing well enough. I am planning on using a bonsai pot or something. I just need a nice idea to hang the light. I really hate the wires on which I am supporting them. Need a proper Apple-eque beautiful simple design.
June 2015: When I added the side walls to conserve humidity in the local microclimate of the ceph
1 year later: October 2016: Holy crap.. one year already
An update to this setup. Things didn't go as well as I would want to..and it doesn't look as well as I want to. So, I have updated my setup. Thanks to some inspiration from a German grower, I have used a bonsai pot. So lets see how this works out. I am also happy with the fixture arm. If only I knew how to weld properly and how to bend/straighten wires cleanly. Not happy with the stupid looking wire to hold the LED heatsink.
dvg: Spring is sprung, our grass ain't riz,
Mar 20, 2019 16:58:22 GMT -5
dvg: below the snow, asleep it is.
Mar 20, 2019 16:59:02 GMT -5
dvg: Still grassroots dream of their rise,
Mar 20, 2019 16:59:40 GMT -5
dvg: in sunny days, on blue skies
Mar 20, 2019 17:00:13 GMT -5
insectivore: Then Boom we Get hit with yet another Snow Storm in Quebec...
Mar 23, 2019 8:19:19 GMT -5
dvg: Parts of Quebec got hit with a lot of snow.
Mar 23, 2019 20:29:10 GMT -5
dvg: These late March snow storms are easier to digest than the mid-May wintry blasts that do so much damage to the trees
Mar 23, 2019 20:33:09 GMT -5
insectivore: Agreed! we got a good 10-12 inches but the warm days are taking care of it!!
Mar 27, 2019 18:04:28 GMT -5
dvg: That was a decent dump of snow!
Mar 28, 2019 8:49:24 GMT -5
dvg: With the days now longer than the nights and the noonday sun rising higher in the sky each day, it won't be long before winter is just an afterthought
Mar 28, 2019 8:53:16 GMT -5
lloyd: The plants wandered out of the garage and zoomed back in before a dump of snow.
Mar 31, 2019 19:21:44 GMT -5
dvg: landscapes draped in snow
Mar 31, 2019 20:39:55 GMT -5
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5