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post #1 of 9 Old 07-21-2012, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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LED lighting set up

I"m setting an aquarium up inside of an old TV and i need a lower profile light such as this LED light. Its is 400 Lumens does this provide enough light for a heavily planted tank?

http://www.amazon.com/BeamsWork-Single-Bright-Aquarium-Fixture/dp/B007TW2N20/ref=sr_1_19?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1342881913&sr=1-19&keywords=30in+light+for+aquarium
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-21-2012, 10:05 AM
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I"m setting an aquarium up inside of an old TV and i need a lower profile light such as this LED light. Its is 400 Lumens does this provide enough light for a heavily planted tank?

Amazon.com: BeamsWork 24"-30" Single Bright Power LED Aquarium Light Fixture 400: Pet Supplies
No. You may be able to get away with low light plants, like java fern, java moss and anubias. I have the same light fixture over my 27 gal, and was a bit disappointed in the small amount of light it put out, but since it's a brackish tank, I've only got java moss and java fern in there, and it's holding up.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-21-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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How much light would be good enough for most heavily planted tanks? I found one that has 600 lumen.

http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Double-Bright-36-Inch-48-Inch/dp/B0032536R4/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1342883250&sr=1-2&keywords=36in+aquarium+light
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-21-2012, 10:24 AM
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How much light would be good enough for most heavily planted tanks? I found one that has 600 lumen.

Amazon.com: Marineland ML Double Bright LED Light, 36-Inch, 48-Inch: Pet Supplies
I'm so bad at the lumens, and really don't understand the LED's even though I have one. See who else weighs in, but you likely can do some moderate light plants with the double bright fixture. Did you read the reviews on Amazon to gleam any ideas what success others have had with plants? I just know that the 400 lumens is not a lot of light, so how much better the double bright is, don't really know. Sorry. I think too it will depend on how deep your tank is.

Oh, I also found that the vals I had in the tank did fine with the 400 single bright fixture - I just pulled them out, because they weren't handling the salinity.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-21-2012, 11:16 AM
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you can get T5 lighting that is just about as low profile as the LEDs and get better performance you would also have options for color temp with different tubes, with the LEDs you are stuck with what comes in the fixture and there is no mention of that for those fixtures, though some of them appear to be blue, which is not ideal for freshwater planted tanks
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-21-2012, 09:34 PM
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I saw where Foster & Smith has one now designed for the planted tank. You might check that out as well.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 08:24 AM
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Well i think 600 lumens of light is enough for this set up. LEDs would give good results with less heat emission and low power consumption. They are long lasting ans reliable.

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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I would like at least 1000 lumens. Where can i find a low profile T5?
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 08:13 PM
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I don't pay attention to lumens so don't know about that, but Aqueon/Coralife has a line of T5 (not High Output) fixtures that are about an inch tall. I have the 30" single tube over a 29 gal and it is all the light I need.
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