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  footcandles; mesurement tool
From: Jack Honeycutt jhoneycutt at uswest.net> on 2000.09.18 at 07:45:02(5447)
I am tired of using the light meter in my camera to measure footcandles. I
would like to buy a real footcandle meter.

Can anyone recommend a unit to me? As I will be shopping in the Miami area
while in town for the show, I thought some orchid supply businesses might
stock them. But I have never read a review of footcandle meters and don't
know a good one from a bad one. I would like to spend as little money as
possible, but buy one that would have the range from full sunlight to the
darkness of my basement.

jack in Oregon

From: "Derek Burch" derek at horticulturist.com> on 2000.09.19 at 08:31:53(5453)
Incident light meters are available from most of the big horticultural
supply house. You might start with Hummert from St. Louis - www.hummert.com
has their on-line catalogue.
I have used the GE model 214 for a number of years. I see this has been
replaced by model 217 at about three times the price, but that is the way
things go.
If you really want to impress your girlfriend, you may want to go to one of
Hummert's more expensive offerings which report in lux as well as foot
candles. This brings a little more of the literature into accessibility, but
be warned that the real work is now being done measuring the very
specialised part of the spectrum that is active for plants, and the
equipment for that comes at a horrible price. The literature can be hard
reading, too. derek burch
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From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2000.09.19 at 08:32:26(5454)
Jack:

I'm not sure what is out there in Photographic (usually expensive) light
meters but there are several listed at under $100 in the Hummert
International, Horticultural Supply Catalog that will work for
horticultural Purposes. There are several in the $150 and up range as
well. Hummerts Toll free number is 800-325-3055.
Hope that helps some.

Denis at Silver Krome Gardens

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From: Jack Honeycutt jhoneycutt at uswest.net> on 2000.09.19 at 22:48:00(5458)
At 10:32 AM 9/19/2000 -0500, you wrote:

>Incident light meters are available from most of the big horticultural
>supply house. You might start with Hummert from St. Louis - www.hummert.com
>has their on-line catalogue.

Thanks for the link. I did not know about Hummert. I'll check it out.

>be warned that the real work is now being done measuring the very
>specialised part of the spectrum that is active for plants, and the
>equipment for that comes at a horrible price. The literature can be hard
>reading, too. derek burch

Gez, I had no idea....

Well, if the technology gets cheep enough so working folks like me
can afford it, I'll think about it. But not now.

jack in Oregon

From: Jack Honeycutt jhoneycutt at uswest.net> on 2000.09.19 at 22:48:28(5459)
At 10:32 AM 9/19/2000 -0500, you wrote:

>I'm not sure what is out there in Photographic (usually expensive) light
>meters but there are several listed at under $100 in the Hummert
>International,

Sounds like folks like Hummert. I *really* need to get a catalog.
Thanks for the recommendation.

jack in Oregon

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