Originally Posted by ChamomilleCame
I have understood that the plant light should be a 5000k bulb, so I got that. On the pack, it says it's a daily compact flourecent 5000k bulb. It's a spiral. Brand ecosmart. 120v 14w.
Does anyone use this kind, or is it the one I'm looking for?
6500K is "ideal color" but 5000K is close enough that it will work well (I would not bother changing your bulb at this point until it burns out). In fact many manufacturers label 5000-7000K as "daylight".
14W should be bright enough for "basic" setups
Just a note: As someone else said, for really simple setups your basking bulb + UVB bulb will generate enough light for your plants too. If you want your plants to grow nicely or have a really dense setup, then you may want to consider additional lighting for your plants....this is not necessary, but imho does improve both plant growth and overall plant health.
@chamlover: what do you mean you used to use 6500K then stopped? Why would you stop?