Mother is right, it's definately a Vriesea. Vrieseas don't have spines on the leaves. Perhaps you're seeing something else.
fcbs.org and http://www.bsi.org both have good cultural information. In your zone you could put them outside in the shade. They won't take much direct sun without burning although the higher the humidity, the more they can take. If you notice that new leaves are longer/narrower, it's a sign that the plant wants a bit more light.
Watch for pups (offsets) forming in the lower leaf axils. These plantlets are fairly easily removed when 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the flowering mother plant(s). You can opt to keep a large clump (you will get 4-5 pups typically) and they will usually all bloom at the same time unless one is stunted by its "competition."