Let’s explore some of the best LED lights for the planted aquarium. What are the best LED setups for 2016? Well, we discuss these below.
This example uses the more efficient AquaRay line, some of the super high output per square centimeter lights such as the Aqua Illumination Hydra HD LEDs are going to cost more to operate, but are still often less expensive per input wattage of energy.
* For Medium Aquariums (such as a 60 gal.), generally (2) AquaRay 600 LEDs will work well for fish or medium light plants, however with higher light needs (sps corals, high light FW plants, etc.) consider (4) LED Strips (mixing LED types may be advisable too such as Reef White & Marine Blue for Reef Tanks).
7 Star-hotel , 5m deep Display Aquarium with Orphek Led Lighting
1. Are LED lights good for growing aquarium plants?
Yes. LED lights are suitable for a reef aquarium. I will start with my qualitative, personal experience here. I switched about two years ago, and I can’t imagine using any other lights from this point on. There are some technical differences in the light output, that I will get into in a little bit, but if I’m being intellectually honest with you, I don’t notice any meaningful difference in performance. The lights go on in the morning, they shut off at night and they grow corals all day long. But don’t just take my word for it, check out this article highlighting a scientific study comparing the growth rates of several coral species under LED lights.LED’s have redefined lighting in the 21st century. The majority of new aquarium owners choose LED lights for a number of reasons. LED lighting uses less power per lumen output when compared to other planted aquarium lighting types. This means cheaper lighting costs. The best led lights for the planted aquarium have dramatically decreased in cost and have become affordable for even beginner hobbyists.I needed a light over my aquarium but it couldn't be a standard florescent or LED fixture because there is no lid on my tank to support it and water drips down from above (so the light needed to be waterproof).LED lights commonly last 50,000 hours. Let’s put that number into perspective. In a normal scenario your LED aquarium lights are active for 8 hours per day, 365 days per year. In this case it would take just over 17 years until they needed to be replaced. If that fact hasn’t sold you, consider that T5, T8 and Hallide lighting will change spectrum over time. This can lead to increased algae growth and ineffective lighting. LED lights will maintain their spectrum for their entire life and do not need to be replaced.