Aquarium LED lighting has been around a while. It was originally used for specific kinds of lighting e.g. nighttime but as the technology has advanced, it is a contender for being the main light source and is a hot topic in the aquarium maintenance world. It can not only make your aquarium look more attractive but is also very energy efficient, long lasting, gives off little heat plus it is highly customizable and is both flexible and light.
LEDs can be used to create a moonlight effect which is a very different look for a tank and lets you see what happens in your tank at night. Regardless of the lighting you choose, be careful as water and lights/electrical rarely mix well.
Aquarium LED lighting Can Add to the Effect of your Aquarium
Many people love keeping fish tanks. They do this not only to enjoy watching the fish (or the reef) in their natural environment but also because it adds to the beauty of their home. Until recently most people have used fluorescent tubes for their fish tanks so that they can see the layout of the tank and the fish clearly. Aquarium LED lighting has improved considerably over the last few years and they can be used to light the tank and really catch your eye without being glaringly bright. Many people say that the light they provide for soft coral reef tanks in particular is excellent.
Many Advantages of LED Aquarium Lighting
Your lighting should not increase the temperature of the tank as fish, coral and plants can be temperature sensitive. LED aquarium lights are a good choice as they give off very little heat, and provide really great lighting while consuming little electricity.
LED’s last for years – a common estimate you will see is 50,000 hours which is well past the lifetime of tubes or bulbs. The fact they give off little heat that is absorbed by the water means you won’t get temperature changes and have to mess around with chillers.
It should be said that any form of lighting will only do so much. No lighting in the world will make a dirty tank look good. It will simply highlight the dirt in the tank. So make sure your aquarium is clean: remove all floating debris, trim the plants if you have any and clean the sides of the tank. This should also involve changing out part of the water periodically. You can do this yourself or hire a professional to do the aquarium maintenance at fixed intervals. Many people find that the time they save for themselves is worth it. As experts, they will also be able to advise you on LED lighting. The good news is that LED fish tank lights are very flexible and can be used for virtually any size of fish tank as they are often slim and light.