LED Aquarium Light 101


When LED aquarium lights first came out, aquarists really liked them for lighting up their tanks at night. Nowadays, savvy aquarists know that LED lights are also the best choice for daytime illuminations for a number of reasons. One main benefits of LED is that it saves money. It simply takes less power to run an LED light than a standard bulb – up to 70% less, in fact! LED aquarium lights have long operational life. With proper care and handling, your LED aquarium lighting system will last for years, even if you light your tank almost continuously. Another benefit of LED is that your tank won’t get overheat. This sort of lighting generates little or no heat, which is one reason why they do not burn out quickly. To make them last even longer, keep a fan near your tanks to disperse excess heat. Additionally, there are even “green” varieties of LED aquarium light that are recyclable and have very little risk of being broken due to being made from very tough polycarbonate tube. This type of aquarium light is water-resistant and reduces the risk of overheating and even electrocution that can be posed by standard bulbs.

LED aquarium lights are great looking both in style of housing and in the natural quality of light. These lights are particularly suited to freshwater fish living in lakes and rivers. Tropical freshwater fish, such as guppies, goldfish, Siamese fighting fish and other commonly kept freshwater tropical fish also do well with LED lighting; so do freshwater plants. Additionally, fish that thrive in brackish water (slightly salty) do well with LED lighting; however, you must keep in mind the kind of lighting that is natural to the habitat of the fish when choosing the strength and type of lighting you will use on your tank.

Commonly kept saltwater fishes and fauna such as sea cucumbers and coral can also do well with LED lighting, however, you should discuss the precise type of LED lighting necessary for this type of tank when you visit your local fish store. Be aware, though, that you should not simply take the word of the clerk at the local fish store. Take his or her recommendations with a grain of salt. Do your own research online regarding the types of fish you are considering. Read books about fish care. Read the information contained with the LED aquarium light you are considering purchasing. Visit online forums to get information from people who have had experience. This is always good advice when thinking of setting up a tank, adding fish to an existing tank or making any kind of changes in your aquarium setup.

Source by Huey B