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Aquarium lighting can be a tricky business. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or this is your first tank—it can be a daunting task.
For this reason either/both higher Kelvin Daylight and actinic/blue is required for many reef aquariums while "near-infrared" is less essential and in fact does not penetrate water much anyway.
One negative with T5s is that the quality control on these lighting fixtures (not the bulbs themselves) is often lacking. This problem tends to be with of the HO T5 light ballasts/fixtures, and in fact tends to be a problem with VHO Compact Light Fixtures as well. For this reason my recommendation is to avoid the VHO or HO T5 or Power Compact CFLs and stick with the standard output versions. If higher output is needed consider more standard T5 lights or the newer technology HO LED lights instead such as the AquaRay line (the cheap LEDs such as the Finnex are NOT an option to a T5 lamp). In fact when cost per lumen as per lifespan is considered, a LED Aquarium Light Fixtureis now a much better deal (since LEDs can last 50,000 hours vs. the common 8000 lifespan of a HO T5 or VHO Power Compact).
Yup, it is time to learn all about LED Aquarium Lighting! Yeay!
A Beautiful Reef Tank With T5 Aquarium Lights – by Masterbuilder ()
The LED Aqualight provides full-coverage high-intensity lighting required for medium to high light level corals and freshwater plants. Each fixture is preloaded with a combination of 3W LED Tri-Lamps that provide light output similar to a 4-lamp T5 HO fixture. Additional open slots can be filled with Tri-lamps to increase light output and customize light color combination.10,000K Daylight lamps cast sparkling white bright light to simulate the midday tropical sun. They are an excellent choice for fresh or saltwater tropical aquariums. This 3 watt Tri-Lamp contains 3 cool white LEDs.Each LED Aqualight comes preloaded with a combination of easily removable, replaceable and interchangeable 3W LED Tri-Lamps that provide optimal light output similar to a 4-lamp T5 HO fixture. In addition, each fixture also has open slots so you can simply add more Tri-Lamps to increase light output and customize light color combinations for any aquarium.The graphs below are a measurement of visible light output from 400-700nm, measured at 12" from the center of the fixture. Each graph compares the LED Aqualight to the T5 HO Lunar Aqualight.Actinic lamps emulate the softer shade of blue light found at dawn, dusk, and in deeper water. Promotes photosynthesis in corals and live plants while enhancing the natural beauty and vibrant color of aquatic inhabitants. This 3 watt Tri-Lamp contains 3 blue, 450nm LEDs. These are the type of lights that come with most starter tanks and are very affordable. They typically range from 15 to 40 watts and have Kelvin ratings from 3,000° to 10,000°. Kelvin is the scale used to measure the color temperature. They are very cheap to run and replace. These are the often the stock lights that come with aquarium kits.