Lighting Accessories for Saltwater & Reef Aquariums - Marine Depot
The Euphotica LED aquarium light is designed for marine fish tanks and reef aquariums containing corals.
By combining the industry’s first Dual Daylight and Dual Actinic LED spectrums with our innovative Ramp Timer Pro™ LED controller, Current USA offers a complete 24 hour aquarium lighting solution. Now you can simulate a gradual sunrise, sunset and customized moonlight like never before. Designed specifically for saltwater aquarium environments, the Orbit Marine is the perfect choice for marine aquarists at any level.
This is the newest lighting source to come to use for the reef aquarium. These are low voltage, energy efficient, long lasting, and produce relatively little heat. and consists of small diodes attached to a circuit board. They are available in a wide range of colors allowing for combinations to create almost any desired spectrum; they create exceptional coral coloration. They are used for simulating moonlight or as primary or supplemental daylight spectrum. LED manufacturers are now creating fixtures with upwards of hundreds of LED diodes and adjust the diode color ratios to maximize nm peaks. Moonlight simulation is done with a small number of blue LED’s and placed on a timer; some aquarists are using a programmable timer to simulate a 28 day moon cycle. Options are expanding daily for all tank types.
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There are quite a few different color spectrum options available in fluorescent tubes, with the most common being full spectrum, actinic and 50/50 (which is a combination of both). The most popular fluorescent tube color spectrums are: the daylight, 6500 Kelvin bulb that is normally recommended for SPS or clam tanks when enough tubes are used to create the proper intensity. The next is the combination Actinic and daylight bulb (a 50/50), which is equivalent to a 10000-Kelvin bulb and is well suited for soft coral and LPS tanks. The last bulb, called Actinic, is often used in combination with other bulbs to give a fluorescent glowing appearance to green and blue corals. Even though these tubes are recommended by various bulb manufacturers for high light applications, you must ensure that the light system is producing enough intensity for the corals that you wish to keep. Since the price of aquarium grade fluorescent tubes is very close for both NO and VHO, the combination of the electronic ballast along with VHO tubes is a better value over NO tubes based on the amount of light output per dollar. Power Compacts (PC), also known as Compact fluorescents, are one of the newer additions to reef tank lighting over the last few years. This type of lighting employs fluorescent technology similar to VHO but instead of being a long tube with a connecter on each end, it is folded in half, giving it a "U' shaped appearance, and is powered from only one end. It is suggested by various manufacturers, that a 55 watt power compact bulb produces as much light output as a 95 watt VHO tube. The main advantage of the power compact lighting is that it allows more wattage within a smaller space than other fluorescent tubes, hence the term, "power compact." Power compact lamps come in wattages ranging from nine watts to 96 watts. The disadvantage of power compacts is that there are not as many color temperatures offered as there are with VHO tubes, although improvements are continually being made in this area and bulbs with different color temperatures are coming into the market. Although, I have not had extensive experience with power compacts, I have used 55 watt 6700 Kelvin bulbs over one of my tanks. The light was very bright, however, the fixture was very warm when compared to the VHO tubes that I used on that same tank afterwards. A muffin fan should remedy this problem and cool things off considerably.If you are planning on setting up a marine aquarium, it’s imperative to know the differences between aquarium light sources and choose the one that will work best for your budget, your tank and your aquarium inhabitants.