Some Tips before Rushing to Buy Aquarium LED Lighting

December 18, 2014 by Sarah Longfellow

aquarium led lightingIf you own an aquarium, the chances that you have either had to deal with your lighting situation, or soon will have to deal with your lighting situation are very high.  Many don’t quite know what to do when their light needs to be replaced—they’re not even sure where to start when looking for a new LED light for their aquarium.  Below is a quick guide to what to consider when looking to replace or add a light to your aquarium.
•    Size – Consider the size of your aquarium if you’re looking to add a new light to your current tank.  You don’t want to overpower your tank, but at the same time, you don’t want to under-light your situation.  The easiest thing to do when replacing a light would be to safely remove the old bulb, or take a picture of it in order to show someone that knows about purchasing bulbs.  Likewise, measuring the bulb and comparing it to the online specs will help minimize any wasted time or money ordering the wrong kind of bulb.
•    Power – Many people are stumped by this part of the search.  They’re never quite sure which bulb they should get, especially when there are multiple options with multiple wattages.  If you can, ask someone with more experience for advice, and make sure to show them a picture of the aquarium just in case.  If this isn’t an option, and you don’t have a remaining light to mimic, then knowing what you’re looking for will really be helpful.  Aiming for the middle is always a safe bet for many people—something too high will spell disaster, but aiming too low will be useless.  Find out exactly what you need and then use it as a guide to find the perfect bulb.
aquarium led lighting•    Shape – Even though size sometimes takes care of this problem, many people have a very specific kind of aquarium and a very specific idea regarding where they want the LED bulb to go and how they want it to look.  Because of this, browse the online store for the different kinds of shapes available to you.  Consider what purpose the light will serve in your aquarium and buy accordingly.
•    Application – This is the easiest way of looking for just the right bulb, especially online.  Many sites include some sort of menu that breaks down the different LED lights available and what they will be used for.  In this way, you can shorten the items you have to look through by just limiting your search by what the lights will be used for.  Since this is for an aquarium, you won’t have the difficulty that finding lights for an office or for a hallway bring to the table.  Once you’ve narrowed your search, take your time and really look for exactly what you want.
Regardless of the kind of aquarium you have, there’s always an option available to you.  Take your time and explore you options—remember that there are experienced professionals ready to help you, and that your perfect LED lighting is just a quick click away.

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