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Pros and cons of LED aquarium lighting

LED lighting type, is more and more included in the aquariumistics, to which helps a lot change in the LED market. Light-emitting diodes (LED) are becoming brighter, consume less electricity and have a growing range of radiation …

Let’s try to understand the pros and cons of this type of LED lighting …

The advantage of LED lighting systems of the aquarium

  1.  They do not produce a great amount of heat, compared with metal halide incandescent lighting. We can say that LED-diodes do not warm. Due to the heat generated by conventional lamps, aquarists have to use the cooling system of aquarium lamps, which further increases energy costs. Of course, it is not about the 50-gallon tank, in this case.
  2. You do not need periodic replacement of lamps. This statement requires a little explanation. Many beginning aquarists are not aware that their expensive fluorescent lamp, which they amassed six months, while aging changes its spectrum.

Lighting issued by a similar aquarium lamp becomes more yellow, which causes an increasing number of different types of algae. The cultivation of aquatic plants or corals becomes practically impossible.

This is quantum physics, although any trader ofaquarium equipment would argue that the problem is only in your cheap aquarium lamp. Like, the most expensive T5 lamp will remove all of these questions.
Price is not related to quantum physics and in six months you will have to replace the lamp. Otherwise, you can say “goodbye” to your beautiful Dutch aquarium immediately.

LED lighting also does not suffer a shift of the spectrum. In addition, high-quality light-emitting diodes are capable to work about five years.
Structurally, the LEDs are connected to an array, which is assembled in such a way that the failure of one component of the LED will not affect the work of others. In fact, this type of lighting is able to work until the last LED.

In the case of fluorescent lighting, a single lamp failure will immerse your tank into the darkness.

The main advantage of LED lighting of the aquarium

This low power consumption, in other words, high-performance ratio of the radiation power per gallon of water. In terms of several years, you can save substantially by using LED lighting for your aquarium.

An array of LEDs allows to use different ways of incorporating that specifies the number of LEDs working at the moment, making it easy to adjust the strength of aquarium lighting.

The brightness of the metal halide lamp should not be adjusted if it is not provided by technical characteristics of the lamp. Reducing the voltage across the lamp will reduce its brightness, but shift the emitted spectrum. LED matrix is completely devoid of this shortcoming.

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