Setting up an aquarium is typically quite expensive, and one of the priciest components is the lighting. The raw data based on this study with plants that a 12 Watt LED can at least replace a 100 watt MH of equal Kelvin ratings in aquarium applications. I leave the night lights on all day – I suppose I can spring for another $15 at some point and add a multi-stage timer, I just hadn’t gotten around to it and I own a bunch of these little Stanley timers running all the light fixtures on my tanks and vivarium. Before MakersLED, our team built one of the first LED fixtures for the aquarium market. The Cree based lights simply have the same PAR for about half the wattage of the more generic units at a typical 3x-10x price increase.
It’s this circuitry, which separates 80% of LED fixtures from the 20%, which have the proper circuitry and thus are more expensive drivers to maintain exacting voltages between each emitter. Examples of these current reduction fixtures include the Blue Moon, TaoTronics, SkyLED, Marine Skkye, Fluval, Ocean Revive, Build My LED among MANY others. In the datasheets LED manufacturers usually specify a list of bins, including some bins which they are not yet capable of manufacturing in sufficient numbers at the time the document is created. The cost of this project can range from $20 to $35, for bigger tanks this is very cheap to make compared to buying a light.
Long Lifespan: You can run your LED lights for up to 50,000 hours before they will need to be replaced. For example, an EvoLux LED produces 76.9 lumens per watt compared to an incandescent bulb’s 17 lumens per watt. At the time, we were actively working on the design of a special LED assembly that, based on our understanding of reef lighting requirements, would be best suited for a reef keeper’s needs. We prefer the BJB solderless connector over any other solderless option as at any time you can swap out any individual LED as long as mounted on a 20mm Star.
However, the initial investment for LED lights might be somewhat higher than other types of lighting. The bottom line is there is no benefit from the RGB feature and in fact, they’re stressful/harmful to coral or can encourage algae growth with freshwater LEDs with this gimmicky feature (this feature is my main complaint with the otherwise good Pacific Sun LED). For all of you that followed my original thread about my first DIY LED Light, well I built another DIY LED Light using the newer CREE xp-g R5 LEDs. I did my own DIY LED fixture for my reef tank so I have something to compare it to.
First of all, SinkPAD provided a new technology, called SinkPAD II, which allowed us to simultaneously use three different LED footprints on one MCPCB. The flaws of LED aquarium lights are quickly disappearing and based on the energy savings in electricity in wattage of the lights (as compared to MH) as well as electricity use for air conditioning or the cost of a chiller often necessitated by larger Metal Halides. AquaRay are the true leaders of aquarium LEDs and if you even look at the aquascapers out there, big name scapers use or have used AR. A happy algae free tank has the proper balance of lights, flow, ferts, CO2 and light.
The manufacturer has designed this LED specifically for the adjustment of color from cool-white LEDs, in order to achieve a warmer light. The latest technology LED lights are very fine tuned in exacting wavelengths/nanometer energy outputs found within the best Kelvin Color temperatures. But you cannot use 1500mA rated driver to light up the LED with 700mA Max Drive Current.
Because of this breakthrough, Orphek aquarium led lighting can reduce the amount of colored LEDs other manufacturer’s use that are necessary to obtain the blue effect which is a necessary wavelength in the PUR spectrum. Remember, white LEDs produce the most shimmer and you’ll need to have some strong surface rippling to really make your tank shimmer. Now my tank is 36x18x18, so that would be 36×18/22= 648/22 which gives me a number of 29.5.. lets round it upto 30. Creating a setup for fluorescent aquarium lights is somewhat easier than metal halide lights.