Why You Should Be Moving to LEDs for your Aquarium Lighting
For many years, saltwater aquarium hobbyists have treated metal halide bulbs and fluorescent lamps/tubes as the de facto standard for tank lighting. But with the rise of LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs, these lighting staples have quickly gone out of favour, due largely to the energy efficiency and wide spectrums of lighting offered by LEDs. And if you’re wondering why incandescent bulbs aren’t in the mix, the heat produced by these bulbs makes them nigh impossible to use in aquariums, which often need cool temperatures.
What Makes LED Aquarium Lighting so Great?
It boils down to two things: an incredibly long lifespan, and a much smaller footprint on your utility bill. Although LED lights are currently more expensive than CFLs and metal halide bulbs, the energy savings they offer and the reduction in replacement costs offset their upfront investment over the long run. Indeed, you get what you pay for from an LED, what with its 50,000-hour lifespan and tiny energy consumption.
Colour When LEDs first made a splash in the aquarium industry, they could only produce a white glow, making them a popular choice for creating moonlit moods. These days, LED technology has advanced to the point where bulbs now come in every colour imaginable, from blue, red, to yellow, green, and more. The sheer variety of colours means you can create spectacular themes for your aquarium with just lighting alone.
More Great Reasons to Switch For aquarium hobbyists, heat is one of the biggest problems introduced by artificial lighting; too much heat, and your aquarium overheats, leading to algae bloom and/or poor plant growth.
Another advantage of LEDs is the fact that they don’t have any mercury, a crucial component in fluorescent lights. And there’s more. LEDs are compatible with dimming switches and automatic timers, allowing aquarium keepers to brighten or dim the lights at specific times of the day.
If you want to get started with LED lighting for your aquarium, here’s a great guide on Instructables.com.
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