As is the case with automobile and home lighting systems, LED lighting systems for saltwater aquariums have become very popular among aquarists over the last few years. These systems have some very good points to them, especially if you invest in a quality light strip. But there are also some issues to be aware of when using LED lighting in your aquarium.
The Benefits of LED Lighting for Aquariums
LED lighting systems are more cost effective in two ways. First, an LED bulb provides seven to eight times more wattage per bulb than other types of aquarium lighting, such as halide and T5HO bulbs. What this means is that you get the same amount of light from a 30 watt LED bulb as you will see from a 250 watt halide bulb. This can create a significant savings on your monthly electric bill. Second, LEDs can last up to 50,000 hours. Although you pay more initially for the LED bulb, you may not have to replace it for seven years, as compared with the yearly cost of replacement of a T5HO or halide bulb. The LED aquarium TCL Google TV lighting system packs all these savings into a small space, because LED systems are more compact than other aquarium lighting.
The quality of the LED lighting is also a great reason to invest in this system. LED aquarium lighting can deliver up to 10,000K of lighting, which is enough to stimulate growth in corals and aquarium plants. Also, you have a wide variety of choices in colors with an LED system. When this is combined with computer programming, it can create an aquarium that either shimmers like it is located in the ocean, or the lighting accentuates the colors of the fish and corals for an extraordinary show.
What to Look for in an LED Aquarium Light
One aspect of a good LED aquarium lighting system to look for is whether or not it has a way to cool itself off in order to extend the life of the LED bulbs. This cooling can either be passive or active. The Maxspect Razor R420R uses an aerodynamic design to naturally draw cooler air from beneath the system and through the slim body of the fixture to passively cool the lights. In the case of the Ecotech Marine XR30w Pro Gen3 model, a fan is built into the center of the light strip to provide necessary cooling for the LEDs.