Originally Posted by ArtesiaWells
So, I would have to change these hoods to get some good LEDs? It was suggested by another member in this thread that the lights may be able to be swapped out for different ones, using the same Marineland hoods that came with this tank package...
At any rate, here's what I'm trying to ascertain, and it really hasn't been established thus far (as far as I can tell): Will the LED
lighting be more natural or easy-on-the-eyes as compared to the fluorescent lighting that came stock with my tank?
Further -- I love the idea of having those day/night (moonlight) combo lamps like Marineland sells, where the daytime mode would cast the natural light and the night mode would cast the blue LED
hue, but I don't know if these could be retrofitted into my hoods...
Ok I'll try and help the best I can. LED
lighting will most definitely be more easy on the eye. It won't be so "in your face" LED
's run cooler and have a warmer appeal to them (if that makes sense)
Fluorescent lighting is brighter, it requires a ballast to fire it up. And a lot of times the lower end lamps are just not gonna put out the kind of light your looking for.
Here's my tank with T5 high output lighting.
Here's my tank with the double brights.
You have two very different looks. Now in regards to your stock hood. You can take out your bulbs and put LED
strips in its place. It may require a little modification but it can be done. This one BIG reason I don't buy the all on one anymore. Even my bio cube I modded out BIG time cutting into the hood etc but let me stay on track here.
You retro fit anything if your good at DIY stuff or can get some help in doing so. I know your against getting rid of the hood and I understand. With glass tops your open to ALOT more options.
If you went glass tops and really liked the marine land double brights is be willing to help you out with a great deal. Not because I have anything to do with them or trying to sell anything cause I'm not.
I just think the look your going for can very easily be achieved with glass tops and different lighting all together. But I do understand.
I hope I helped out at least a little.
Believe me I really do understand. It's your tank and you have to look at it every day. I went through let's see..... About 8-10 different fixtures before landing on the marine land double bright. My wife wanted to kill me. I'd order 4 lights spending thousands and then sending them back. Ordering a few more and sending them back lol.
Now I'm even looking at yet another light!! It has red, white, green and blue and its a 48" strip. I bet it would look pretty sweet on my tank!!
But I'm torn because I like the natural look of the double bright. But that's another thread lol
Any questions feel free!!
My name is Dino btw.... I'm not really a convict lol