11-11-2008, 11:47 AM
Join Date: Sep 2008
| | Re: What's the skinny on LED lighting?
If you buy a LED lighting system designed for daylight they pretty much are the best. They are expensive right now, but i think you will see they will be the lights of the future. In all tests that i have read not only are leds brighter, but the light is more evenly spaced, more consistant, less heat, way more efficient, bulbs last in upwards of 10 years and they have an unsurpassed amount of control with intensity and spectrum. A 4' unit will cost upwards of $1500 or even more, but i think we will see these prices start to drop in the near future.
By the way they are very effective in growing any type of coral very well, and some corals need much more light intensity than planted aquariums, so all around they are the best choice in my opinion...as long as the price comes down. If you think of electrical savings and cost of replacing bulbs even for only 5 years, especially compared to MH, it is actually cheaper to go the LED route, and you will be getting a much better light and less drawbacks.
Here is a video of the Lumenaqua Led Lighting system geared towards planted tanks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMiuKKpi1iM
Last edited by StevieD; 11-11-2008 at 11:55 AM..