I've been using a Current fluorescent fixture in my 65-gal FOWLR
tank. It has two bulbs, one white, other blue-white, and has worked fine, though it tends to cause the tank to be too warm in summer months (I know, I could reduce the lights-on hours). Yesterday it quit - I haven't tested it yet, so don't know whether it's just bulbs - strange that both would go at same time.
But I've been reading about the new LED
light fixtures, and thinking that might be the way to go, to reduce my electricity bills and the heat load on the tank. (I am paying for significant amount of tier-two electricity in spite of having a rather small house and frugal habits; suspect a lot if it is due to my tank with its lights & pumps.)
I've seen two models by Marineland - their Reef LED
, ~ $250 for the 36" size I need, and their Double Bright LED
for ! $110.
I don't have any corals yet, but would prefer to get lighting that would support some (if not necessarily those that need the most intense light), unless there is a downside to stronger lighting other than price.
So, I'd appreciate any comments on LED
lighting relative to various fluorescent or other types, and in particular reef-level vs lower output units.