One of the fastest growing segments of the aquarium hobby is the advancement of LED lighting. Marineland has managed to develop a LED light for just about every application. LED’s offer many advantages over traditional fluorescent or metal halide lighting. The LED will produce more light per watt (up to 25% more) and also presents a more focused light. All of the light produced is directed towards the aquarium, not bouncing around in the light fixture. The increased efficiency of the LED allows for lower watt fixtures and less heat production versus older lighting options. Another plus is the long effective lifespan of the LED (up to 10-50,000 hours) versus 6-12 months for other lighting. The savings in the cost of replacement bulbs can quickly help pay for the premium many LED fixtures command.

Marineland has built both accent type LED lighting and LED fixtures. For accent or supplemental lighting, they have the Marineland Accent LED light in blue or red that can clamp along the trim of the aquarium. The Marineland Hidden LED is a 50:50 white: blue fixture that is waterproof and could be placed submersed in the aquarium. For aquariums from 10 to 29 gallons, Marineland offers the LED Aquarium Hood that will cover the entire top of the tank with a plastic hood and a center LED light system with multiple small LEDs for a low watt hood for a fish only tank. They use the same LEDs in their Single Bright LED fixture, just more of them and offer sizes from 18”L to 48”L. The three mode toggle switch allows you to turn on all the LEDs, or just the blue LEDS for a moonlight effect, or turn all of them off.

For a little more intense lighting, Marineland offers the Double Bright LED light, using a mix of white and blue 1W LEDs.   This has quickly become their most popular fish only lighting system. For more intense mini-reef tanks, they offer the Marineland Reef Capable LED light with a mix of white and blue (actinic) 1W LEDs to provide the correct spectrum and high enough intensity for soft corals and LPS corals. This fixture includes a built in timer to turn on all the LEDs, or just the blue LEDs or turn off the fixture.  Marineland‘s latest entry is the Aquatic Plant LED with a mix of white and the new RGB (Red/Blue/Green) LEDs to provide the intensity and spectrum for freshwater plants. This fixture also contains a built in timer system.

Much like computers, LED systems are always evolving and becoming brighter and more economical. Marineland is sure to stay at the front of the industry and offer LED solutions for just about any application. Did I mention the LED Bubblewands?

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