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A light bulb moment!

I know that fancy terrariums and fish tanks often have lights in them, but I don’t think I have ever, until now, seen a light fixture with a terrarium inside of it.

Light bulb not rated for outdoors

I could see where plants might find it a bit confusing trying to sort out whether they were supposed to be tropical plants or cold weather plants---depending on whether the bulb is on or off---I guess algae don’t care.

Some bulbs are rated for outdoor use and some are not. This one clearly is not.

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 14 commentsCharles Buell • February 06 2016 01:25PM
A light bulb moment!
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I know that fancy terrariums and fish tanks often have lights in them, but I don’t think I have ever, until now, seen a light fixture with a terrarium inside of it. I could see where plants might find it a bit confusing trying to sort out whether… more
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