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Aquarium Plant Light: Why LED Is Best

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The growth and color of your aquatic plants is directly linked to the quality of your light fixture. When choosing a light for your planted aquarium, you should always aim to reproduce natural conditions.

The most common types of aquarium lighting include:

• T5HO Aquarium Lighting
• T8 Standard Fluorescent Lighting
• Metal Halide Aquarium Lighting
• LED Aquarium Lighting

LEDs produce less yellow/green light, which makes them look less bright. Instead, they are tuned to emit the exact spectrum of light required by your plants. LEDs also act more like a spotlight; with the use of optic lenses, they can be focused to penetrate water more efficiently than other types of lighting. This means they can use much less energy while producing more useable light!

Aquarium lighting is necessary to stimulate the growth of plants and aid the digestion, feeding and reproduction of fish. LED aquarium plant lights are one of the most effective lighting options.
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Grow Luscious Plants with LED Aquarium Lights

One of the most important requirements for freshwater-planted aquariums is the selection of lighting. You will need to know the different characteristics of the types of plants you are looking to grow. Look for size, shape and height of the plants you plan to have in your aquarium.
You will also need to look for the light intensity requirements of each plant and know whether or not they are sensitive to heat. Thankfully, most available aquarium plant light LED setups come with menus and data sheets to make it easy to calculate the necessary specifications of light illumination and watts per gallon needed.

LED Aquarium Plant Light Advantages

Live aquarium plants are a worthwhile addition to the fish tank. In a well-planted tank, the fish have more vibrant colours, live a more natural life and appear more comfortable than in an unplanted tank. Some advantages of LED aquarium plant lights include:
  • Cool Temperatures: You will not require a noisy and bulky fan or cooling system.
  • High Output: High output drivers and quiet operating noise levels.
  • Easy Maintenance: User friendly and easy to assemble, clean and maintain.
  • Energy Efficient: LED’s will consume less energy than other aquarium lighting options and because of this, you will save more money!
  • Growth Efficiency: You’re able to choose LEDs that target wavelengths that plants absorb. With accurate absorption, your plants will thrive.
  • Long Lifespan: You can run your LED lights for up to 50,000 hours before they will need to be replaced.
Although fresh-water plants require more care than plastic replicas, live plants can be kept with few problems as long as there is a decent LED aquarium plant light and no plant-eating or plant-destroying fish.