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Light Fixtures for Saltwater & Reef Aquariums - Marine Depot
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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.
The Euphotica LED aquarium light is designed for marine fish tanks and reef aquariums containing corals.
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This "power compact on steroids" is another option for planted aquariums or hydroponics.
In fact, this is option better option than many of the cheap LEDs flooding the market such as the Finnex or Satellite when up front costs per light efficiency is considered (as well as durability).
When used with the optional polished reflector or in an aquarium canopy with a mylar or similar reflector, the SHO is an option still worth cosidering. Marine Aquarium Lighting
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Compact and powerful, the full-spectrum XR15 FW Pro G4 is specifically designed to meet the lighting requirements of planted and tropical aquariums. The XR15 FW Pro is also fully programmable with seamless EcoSmart Live integration.The lighting used over a reef aquarium is critical to the health of the inhabitants, but not all fish and corals need the same type or amount of light. Our reefkeeping expert continues his Marine Aquarium Basics series with tips and tricks on picking the right lighting for your tank.Many of the light fixtures being sold now include moon lights which are LEDs. So we're starting to see them more often, but even though these LED aquarium lights are very promising we are probably still a few years away from using them as the primary light source on most home aquariums. Check out the ecotech radion LED lighting fixture which is getting really good reviews from hobbyists. I run these over my 120 gallon reef tank now and reviewed them for the magazine. Check out the for more information.LED Saltwater Aquarium Lights have gone beyond being used for Lunar Lights alone. LED lights are now used for primary lighting for Fish Only and Fish Only with Live Rock as well . As the price of LED lamps has come down, they are being offered in more interesting and innovative packages.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.Saltwater aquarists who choose to take the plunge into reef keeping quickly come to an interesting realization: The lighting used in such systems is of paramount importance. Whereas lighting in fish-only systems is primarily an aesthetic concern (for the most part, as long as the lights show off the fish to their best advantage, you’re good to go), it’s actually a matter of life or death for many reef invertebrates.