we donated a box of the 60 watt incandescent bulbs to the discount store when we got rid of ours. if someone else could use them i could not throw them away. if i can reuse anything i will. i just told my brother to keep the hanging pot that he was going to throw away so i could recycle the root ball/potting soil. our clay can use all the organic matter it can get and the worms love having a nice chunk to hide in too.An other benefit of LED: they do well in cold weather. Not the flickering/warm up of flourescent. We've found good deals on LED here, but could use some more. I also keep my eyes open for incandescent bulbs which are harder to come by... but can sometimes be found at discount stores. Need 2 40W bulbs in each incubator.
heat mats are not expensive, is the light required constantly? why not use LED light for light and heat mat for heat? might even be more efficient to have the heat closer to where it is used (below) than coming down from above. but i actually don't know didly about this so i'll shaddup for the moment. lolThanks, for thinking about shipping. But, I've found that shipping just about anything is not cost effective. It's easier and cheaper to buy (even new at full price) than it is to pay to ship anything. I've even found that seed exchange via mail is not cost effective. Again... I can order from a seed catalog cheaper than paying for shipping on a seed swap. I think 60W bulbs would be too much power for my incubators. I do have a few bulbs saved, but... it's always good to keep spares on hand, especially since I don't know when they will become dinosaurs.
oh, ok...I use the incandescent bulbs (2 x 40W in case one bulb quits) as my heat source, hooked up to a thermostat in my incubators. The lights cycle on and off to keep a constant temp at 100*F. A heat mat wouldn't give the constant temp control required. And, I have the set ups made for the bulbs. No need for a heat mat.