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There are many benefits that a fish keeper gets by using . One of the first things that people love and notice about using LED lights is that they are cost effective. The LED light fixtures don’t usually cost more than the traditional fluorescent lighting fixture, but the savings is significantly more, the electric consumption is minimal by comparison. Another benefit is that the “bulbs” last much longer than other systems used for aquarium lighting. Typically you can
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Aquarium enthusiasts have looked for different features in aquarium lighting over the last century. Window light gave way to electric fixtures in the early years of the hobby to provide consistency and convenience. In the 1960's, fluorescent lights overtook incandescent because they ran cooler and cheaper. The seventies and eighties gave us an assortment of "show" and "grow" spectrums to pick from to grow plants, appeal to the eye, and make that swordtail look really, really red. In the 1990's, we just sought more power, as multi-bulb fixtures and metal halide lamps brought vitality to reef tanks around the globe. With the dawn of the new millennium upon us, it seems only natural that another change awaits - by government decree if necessary.For aquarium use, the most likely lighting designs to benefit from the new government standards are the T8 and Compact Fluorescent fixtures. Both have a sufficient lumen/watt ratio to make the EPACT cutoff, and are designed to use cooler-running electronic ballasts that save even more energy. Aquarium versions often use special phosphors for higher output and better color rendition.As a result of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) and its implementation through the United States Department of Energy, Americans will eventually be saying goodbye to many of today's commonplace fluorescent lighting fixtures - including some of those used on aquariums. Over the next decade, many of today's standards will be slowly phased out in favor of technologically advanced units that produce more light while using less energy. Since lighting accounts for about 20%-25% of our nation's electrical energy usage, the ramifications of these plans could have a huge impact on our overall energy consumption.Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) fixtures, on the other hand, are a completely different animal. Picture a standard fluorescent tube folded in half (don't try this at home) so all the pins are on one end and you've got the concept - and almost the picture as well. You've probably seen the small 7-watt, 9-watt and 13-watt CFLs during the last few years at the hardware store, where they are sold as energy efficient replacements for incandescent bulbs. Larger lamps, mostly 28, 55 and 96 watt versions, have been available in a few high-end reef lighting systems for a few years, and are now starting to turn up in a few more standard high-output aquarium lights from leading aquarium manufacturers.T8 lamps and fixtures will likely find their place in standard aquarium setups, since they produce about the same amount of light per foot of bulb as their standard fluorescent counterparts. There are currently very few producers of T8 aquarium bulbs, and a limited selection of lamps as compared to seemingly endless array of standard fluorescent lamps. However, the basic four alternatives - plant grow, daylight, actinic and 50/50 - are all readily available at prices comparable to good quality standard fluorescents. And as lamp manufacturers continue to gear up their factories to meet the EPACT standards, there will likely be a wider assortment available at even better prices in the near future.As with any innovation, the disadvantages of the new fluorescent lighting systems may still outweigh the advantages for some users at the present time. For one thing, the technology is still new enough for there to be a certain amount of trial and error involved: one aquarium light manufacturer has already recalled a compact fluorescent fixture that had serious overheating problems. Similarly, there's always a possibility that any new product will have unforeseen problems that didn't show up in the pre-market testing. When our shop converted to "energy-saving" fluorescent ballasts about a decade ago, over 30% failed within 90 days (I guess that's one way to save energy). It certainly wouldn't be surprising if there were a few more bumps on this road as well.