Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
tbrazil230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 165
LED vs T5ho

I'm finally upgrading my tank lighting from the dual hood 15watt fluorescent lights that came with the tank but I'm not sure what to get, I like that you can customize the t5s but I've heard they run hot and I know bulbs can get expensive so which way should I go?
__________________

__________________
tbrazil230 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
junglefowl's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 371
T5HO always do well for my tank but it still depends on what size of your tank and what plants do you have in there...
__________________

__________________
junglefowl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Bwiz123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 113
I have a deep tank 28 inches or so guessing, but I hve 4 ft flouros and they don't penetrate we'll I can get that pristine white clear blue look, I hear LEDs if u buy nice lights penetrate deeper tanks with crisper light
__________________
Bwiz123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
I think some of is preference. If you look in my album you'll see my tank under 4 t5 HO bulbs and then the marineland double brights. I happen to like the LEDs better BUT you will get a "spotlight" effect sometimes.



Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3740520489.jpg
Views:	79
Size:	124.0 KB
ID:	152391
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:00 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
tbrazil230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 165
I've currently have a 55gal mbuna tank that I'll be upgrading to a 75 as soon as I get my new hood built but I guess I can always get 1 and try it out then if I don't like it I could probably swap it out for the other
__________________
tbrazil230 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
Quote:
Originally Posted by tbrazil230 View Post
I've currently have a 55gal mbuna tank that I'll be upgrading to a 75 as soon as I get my new hood built but I guess I can always get 1 and try it out then if I don't like it I could probably swap it out for the other
Yea my thing is always this.

Buy it, try it, don't like it?, return it... On to the next. I've gone through a few fixtures lol. It's always something with me though. Wife loves it.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
tbrazil230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 165
I picked up an aqueon modular led light yesterday, I'm not exactly sure how I like it yet, the shimmering definitely takes a bit to get used to. And why does leds shimmer but fluorescent lights don't?
__________________
tbrazil230 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
Fresh2o's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 11,803
Quote:
Originally Posted by tbrazil230 View Post
I picked up an aqueon modular led light yesterday, I'm not exactly sure how I like it yet, the shimmering definitely takes a bit to get used to. And why does leds shimmer but fluorescent lights don't?
I think LEDs (and MH and incandescent lights) create a shimmer effect because light is emitted from concise, focal points as opposed to fluorescent light which is diffuse and spread out over the length of the bulb.
__________________

__________________
I am an ALGAE farmer.
Terms of Service | Community Rules | FresH2O's Planted Tank | Fresh2o's Shrimp Tank
Fresh2o is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
led, t5ho

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.