If you have an aquarium, whether it is a fish tank or a plant aquarium, you undoubtedly have heard of LED lights. Installing a LED lighting system is one of the best things you can do for your tank.
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Why LED Lighting?
LED light is one of the most important and necessary accessories you should consider for your tank. Rarely any other accessories can provide as many benefits within only one device as a LED light.
LED lights are designed to provide not only good lighting condition for your fish and plants but also to provide suitable temperature.
Besides, a LED light with correct color of lighting will also help your tank look much prettier at any time of the day. For an optimal environment for all your living organisms in the tank, a LED lighting system is undeniably important.
What is the Best LED Light for Aquariums?
There are a few aspects you need to consider when choosing the best LED aquarium lighting for your tank. Some of these factors are more important to you and your tank than others.
However, you should still make sure to consider all these factors before making the decision. That way, you can be certain that you cover all the grounds when choosing the best suitable LED light for your tank.
Size of the Aquarium
Depending on the size of your tank, the type and size of the LED you choose will also vary. Needless to say, the larger your aquarium is, the more light you will need.
Hence, the stronger or larger light you will need to buy. It is crucially important that the LED light you choose will be efficient enough for your tank. There should be no area that is not led by the LED system.
Pay attention to the LED light coverage and intensity while choosing. Make sure your whole tank is abundantly covered.
Type of Organisms
Different types of plants and living organisms require a different level and intensity from the LED light. Furthermore, there are some aqua plants (like coral for example) require different intensity level during each different stage of growing phases and development process. Wrong intensity does not only induce the growth of your plants and fish but may also damage their well-being.
Check to see the general light requirements for your plants and fish, so that you can provide them with the most appropriate lighting.
When shopping for LED light, you will figure that LED light comes in multiple lighting intensity and spectrum of color. This is because of different plant, different fish require different intensity and scope of lighting color. Your organisms, especially plants, should be within the right spectrum of light when living in the tank.
The right spectrum of light can promote better growth and photosynthesis process in plants. The right spectrum normally should have as many colors as possible, so the LED light can mimic natural sunlight. Except for some special plants, the closer your LED light is to natural sunlight, the better for your plants and fish.
Make sure you research the required intensity and light color most suitable for your plants and organisms. This is crucial for the lives and development of your tank.
Intensity or Kelvin rating
As said earlier, LED light comes in multiple choices for lighting intensity as well as color spectrum. The intensity is as important for the well-being and livelihood of your fish and plants as the color spectrum. The unit to measure the intensity of light is called the Kelvin rating. This unit measures the output of color temperature and total visible light. In a general sense, the higher the Kelvin number, the brighter and whiter the light will appear.
For most aquariums, the ideal Kelvin level is 6500 to 7000K. This level will make the light appear very much like natural sunlight.
Remember to double check the lighting requirement for your plants, sometimes, some aqua plants prefer shady environment than brightly lightened one. If your plants are ones of those types, choose a LED system with lower Kelvin level.
Features and Model
There are many models of LED lights available on the market nowadays with many different and exciting features. If you can afford it, of course, choose one with as many convenient features as possible. If you don’t want to spend extra money for features you won’t need, then check for what you want.
You can have LED lights that can simulate sunrise, sunset, night time light, and even storm and rain lighting. These features, besides providing the fish and plants the most natural-like habitat, also give your tank an extra beauty kick, making it pretty and exciting to look at.
Many of these lighting features come with automatic settings mode. The light modes can be set on a timer to automatically change from one mode to another (from sunrise to normal daylight or from sunset to nighttime for example). So you can enjoy all the extra lighting features and give your organisms the best living condition without having to go through all the hassles of adjusting the lights multiple times a day.
Think through and determine what would you like your LED light do? The features of the LED system are for your fish but they are also very much for you as well.
Finally, this is important for you. What is your budget? Set a practical and realistic budget for a LED system. Sometimes, extra features are nice but always ask yourself whether or not you need that extra features. Pay for only what you need.
Remember, a LED lighting system is not the only accessory you need to buy for your fish tank, so don’t go all out with your money for just the LED system.