Aquarium Lighting

Aquarium Lighting has undergone a huge revolution over the past few years.  It wasn’t long ago that some combination of metal halide and T5 fluorescent lighting was the norm for any reef aquarium system.  Planted tanks and fish only tanks typically relied on fluorescent lighting.  Now, LED lighting has become affordable for reef, planted, and fish only systems!  They often have color combinations, a wide range of intensity options, are long lasting and affordable, and have a beautiful shimmering effect in an aquarium.  The only problem is that there is no real consensus on how to measure the intensity.  For planted and fish only tanks this isn’t a problem.  Most LED lights will be adequate for a planted tank or even some live rock.  I was initially going to include some other lighting but really, why bother?  It really is simply outdated at this point.

Generally speaking, a 50 Watt LED system will be equal to about 100 watts of fluorescent or metal halide lighting.  The rule of thumb is about 4 watts per gallon in a reef system of fluorescent or metal halide lighting so that would be about 2 watts per gallon of LED lighting.  A planted tank a or live rock with mushroom tank can get by with half of that.  Fish only systems only need 1/4 the light a coral system needs.  So if you have a 55 gallon tank you will want about a 100 watt LED system for corals (maybe a little more for some SPS corals), 50 watt LED for live rock and some soft corals or plants, but 25 watts or even less would be plenty for fish only.

There is some variation so there really isn’t a good way to know if any given light will be sufficient for any specific corals … the best way to make sure is carefully read the reviews and look for others who have used it with corals to make sure.  Also, these mostly come from China and are often measured in centimeters.  2.54 centimeters = 1 inch for conversion.

Small Aquarium Lighting

Moderate Aquarium Lighting

Reef Aquarium Lighting

Small Aquarium Lighting

Wave-point Mirco Sun 6,500 k Daylight High Output 8-Watt LED Fixture Lighting for Aquarium, 6-Inch 37t
Wave-point Mirco Sun 6,500 k Daylight High Output 8-Watt LED Fixture Lighting for Aquarium, 6-Inch – Buy Here!

This aquarium light looks like it would be good for a 5-20 gallon tank, probably even a nano reef.   There is a 12″ version also.  Wave-point High Output Micro sun Led Clamp On Light are equipped with 8 x 1 watt 6500 kelvin led lamps which are housed by a sleek aluminum hood with heat removal technology. The adjustable mounting arm made of durable high impact plastic, allows the clamp light to easily mount and be secured to a wide variety of aquariums. The fixture is water resistant and is equipped with a UL low voltage transformer. These lights are plant tank capable and can be used to high light an existing environment or as a primary light source. Great option for a Refugium lighting.

Deckey Aquarium Fish Tank Extendable Light LED Blue and White Color Changing Frame Fish Lamp 42.99t
Deckey Aquarium Fish Tank Extendable Light LED Blue and White Color Changing Frame Fish Lamp – Buy Here!

This little aquarium light comes in a few configurations.  Good for fish only or maybe a few plants.

2 lighting modes: blue; blue + white. 11W,72 LEDs(60 White Light+12 Blue Light)  This light is benefical to grow plants. This light can create a special lighting effect and atmosphere for your fish tanks. With extendable bracket to adjust the length to fit your fish tank. It fits 19.7 inches to 27.6inches ‘ fish tank.  Easy to use, just put it on the top of fish tank and plug into the power. Ideal for freshwater and seawater.  This item is non water-proof, so don’t put it into the water.

 

LUMENTEK LED Aquarium Light Bulb for Lighting Small Nano and Pico Aquariums - Full Spectrum Lights - for Reef or Freshwater fish tanks or Refugium - Maximum PAR for Coral and Plant Growth 49.95t
LED Aquarium Light Bulb for Lighting Small Nano and Pico Aquariums – Buy Here!

This 18 watt aquarium light comes in a variety of configurations.  18 watts is good enough for even a 29 gallon reef system.  The 18-watt Reef model is designed specifically for Reef tanks with coral or planted freshwater aquariums. At 18 watts – it is designed to produce maximum Intensity – measured as LUX – Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) and Chlorophyll a and Chlorophyll b – bioactive pigments in plants and corals critical for health and growth. It achieves this with its unique LED spectrum produced by 18 x 3 watt LEDs running at 1 watt each.  Nice!

Moderate Aquarium Lighting

36-43 Inch 129 LED Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Fixture by Koval Inc. $56.95t
36-43 Inch 129 LED Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Fixture by Koval Inc – Buy Here!

This one doesn’t look like it has a lot of power but would be great for wider fish only systems.  5 different colors totaling 129 LED’s.  Three different modes which are: All LEDs On, Only Blue LEDs On, or Close Bracket is extendable to fit different aquarium size.
Can be used up to a minimum of 50,000 hours
Made with High quality: Aluminum alloy shell
High efficiency, low energy dissipation, save cost, extend LEDs life span.  More durable than aquarium lighting made out of plastic.

Amzdeal White+ Blue Aquarium Fish Tank LED Light 30.99t
Amzdeal White+ Blue Aquarium Fish Tank LED Light – Buy Here!

Again, not a lot of power but great aquarium lighting for wider fish only systems.
Color of the Light: White & Blue
Voltage: 100-240v 0.3A 50/60hz
LED Quantity: LEDs(60 white + 12 blue)
Cable Length: 1.5M
Output: DC20V 0.5A
Power: 11W
Dimension (not include bracket): 50*10*1.3cm
Dimension (include bracket):51.5*10*5cm

Beamswork 48in DA 120 LED Aquarium Light Pent Marine FOWLR Cichlid 120x 0.50W 64.95t
Beamswork 48″ DA 120 LED Aquarium Light 60w – Buy Here!

We really like this aquarium light!  This is nice aquarium lighting for a 55g tank and would be good for a planted tank or reef tank with some mushroom and soft corals.  Double up and it would be good for any 55g coral tank.  The latest DA LED Pent series by Beamworks provides a high quality, energy efficient light fixture that replaces the typical single or dual tube fluorescent lights. Use the 10000K white and Actinic 460nm LEDs during the day and only the Actinic Blue 460nm LED during the night. The DA LEDs is fitted in a sleek and razor-thin fixture that will make any other aquarium light look boring. Long lasting LEDs with no bulb replacement required. Fixture is pre-wired for use with the optional timer module to program on and off times.  For $65??? Winner!!!

Zeiger Eco LED Aquarium light LED 1- 5 Feet Tank 13-60in - 35-150 cm led lighting aquarium lamp 49.95t
Zeiger Eco LED Aquarium light LED 1- 5 Feet Tank 13″ – 60″ / 35-150 cm led lighting aquarium lamp – Buy Here!

These aquarium lights come in a wide range of sizes and intensity at a GREAT PRICE!  Seriously, this is GOOD STUFF!!!  Just double up for Hard Coral tanks.  The fixture provides a high quality, energy efficient light that shimmers and creates shadows throughout the water, adding depth and dimension to the aquarium. Use the 8000K white LED during the day and the Actinic Blue 460nm LED during the night to enjoy the aquarium at all hours of the day. Two mode for Daylight and night light.  The LED is a sleek and contemporary light fixture that will make any other aquarium lighting look dull. Long lasting LEDs with no bulb replacement required. Great for brighten up fish only tank.

Reef Aquarium Lighting

LED Aquarium Light Fixture for Saltwater Coral Tanks - Euphotica Dimmable 16, Programmable 16 24 32 299.99t
LED Aquarium Light Fixture for Coral- Dimmable, Programmable 16″ / 24″ / 32″ – Buy Here!

216W Maximum Output; 2 Channel Intensity Control. Configurable 8,000K to 20,000K Color Temperature; Full Spectrum from Violet (420nm) to Red (660nm) with 90 Degree Optic Lenses.  Advanced Hanging Kit. Max Coverage Area: 28″ by 42″ (71cm x 106cm). Unit Dimension: 31-1/2″ W x 2-9/16″ H x 8-7/8″ D (80cm x 6.5cm x 22.5cm); Unit Weight: 14lbs. Product Contents: One Light Unit, one Power Cord, one Hanging Kit (Two Carabiner Hooks and two Hanging Cables)  Touch-sensitive Capacitive Control Panel with LCD back-lit display is perfect for the reef aquaria setting.  48 Points of Customizable Light Intensity, you will be able to incorporate durations of moonlight into your daily schedule for night time viewing of your tank.

Marineland Reef Capable LED Light 210.70t
Marineland Reef Capable LED Light – Buy Here!

The Marineland Reef Capable LED Aquarium Lighting System is the perfect solution for bringing color and high definition to your underwater environment. Illuminate your aquarium with a sleek and durable LED light. Provide vibrant and natural looking light without manually turning the on and off switch every time. Set your timer, relax, and enjoy your underwater world with the Reef Capable LED aquarium lighting system. With an integrated timer this system allows you to regulate its blue and white, 1 watt LED’s and bring high quality and efficient lighting to your aquarium in a simple way.  Actinic lights replicates deep water light for proper coral growth and mimic the effect of natural sunlight with the high quality LED lights.

MAGIOVE® Led Aquarium Lighting 165W Dimmable Full Spectrum for Coral, Fish Tank & Reef Aquarium (Black) 129.99t
Dimmable 165w LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Coral, Fish Tank & Reef Aquarium – Buy Here!

These fixtures are more or less equivalent to the old Metal Halide units. Meet different Grow Stages of the Fish, Coral and Reef. The lighting creates shimmer and shade in your aquarium to add visual capacity and increase its realistic feel. Easy to install and use, come with on simple “plug-and-play” system, Not required other accessories.   Full Spectrum, Low Energy Consumption and High Power Efficiency aquarium lighting. Size: 15.7 x 8.3 x 2.4 inches Output optimized for PAR, sufficient lights spectrum, super light penetration; Revolutionary heat aluminum PCB, run 70% cooler than high intensity discharge (HID) lights.  One 165w aquarium light is suitable for a 24x24x24″ fish coral tank.  Basically, two of these will cover a 90 Gallon reef tank well.

Aquatic Life Halo Saltwater LED Aquarium Light Fixtures 259t
Aquatic Life Halo Saltwater LED Aquarium Light Fixtures – Buy Here!

Developed with one of the leading designers of aquarium lighting control in the world, our feature-rich HALO Controllable LED Lighting System advances the art of reef aquarium lighting to new levels. The Aquatic Life HALO LED fixtures create amazing shimmer for your aquatic environment and the desired color and light intensity are easily adjusted with the simple turn of a dial. The addition of next-generation UV LED’s further enhances vibrant coral color and growth. The HALO is designed and built for long service life, simple operation and maximum performance, all in a very compact, low maintenance, efficient and attractive aquarium lighting fixture.

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