Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community

Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community (
-   General Hardware/Equipment Discussion (
-   -   Looking for a reef LED light (

jbadd99 01-03-2010 02:37 AM

Looking for a reef LED light
Let me start by saying hello.

I've been lurking around here for a few weeks reading up and researching for my first set up. My wife has been pestering me for some time for a tank and wanted colorful fish in it. It didn't help that we have Annual passes to our local (The Georgia) aquarium.

I'm new to the hobby and have been slowly aquiring parts for our setup as cash allows.

Thus far I have (or have purchased):

46 gallon Seaclear bowfront acryllic tank
Coralife Super Skimmer (65 gallon)

I have yet to purchase anything else as I'm still researching the rest, but I know I would eventually like to move to a reef tank. I'll be purchasing the light most likely next so I can begin setting up my tank.

I've searched repeatedly on here but have yet to come across a solid review of LED lighting. I'd like a fair price on the lighting - I'm expecting to pay ~$600-$700 for a decent light. If I could find a good one for cheaper for the set up I'm looking at I'd be thrilled.

For those that have LED lights:
1. How much did you pay?
2. Is your setup effective enough to sustain a reef tank?
3. Are you satisfied with your light?
4. Which light do you have and where did you get it?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

thominil 01-03-2010 03:03 AM

You would be fine with a T5 HO setup. LED fixtures are more aimed towards deep tanks where PC, T5, and VHO lights won't penetrate. Try the Current USA Nova Extreme Pro T5 HO setup, just choose the length that fits your tank and you are good to go and you would save $300-$400 compared to what you are willing to pay for the LED fixture.

Here's a link to an article on all the types of lighting: Aquarium Lighting; Kelvin, Nanometers, PAR, Bulb, Watt, MH, LED, light basics.

Hope this helps!
Welcome to AA!

jbadd99 01-03-2010 04:24 AM

I'd still like to find a good LED to purchase so that future upgrades to the tank are possible.

I'd also like to avoid the heating of the tank associated with tradition lights - yes, I am aware there are coolers for this, but I'd like to avoid it altogether.

Plus, the added benefit of lower power consumption.


I've found this light: TMC Aqua Ray 500 Reef White - (12w)

It breaks down to about $165 + shipping unless I can find it somewhere in the states.

Anyone have experience with this light?
For some of the more knowledgeable, would this sustain a reef system in my tank?
What is the potential for upgrading this to a larger tank?

Thanks again guys... This is one subject where there is either very little info on, or, it's WAY over my head at this point in the game.

joy13 01-03-2010 11:09 AM

I have seen the LED for FW tanks and they aren't nearly as bright as the T5 lights. I also thought there would be more shimmer to the water but it wasn't. The store is suppose to be getting LED's in so I am watching on their web site so I can go take a look at them. At another forum there are several people experimenting with LED's, it is so over my head that all I do is read and read wondering if anything will ever click for me. Forums -> Lighting Forum

thominil 01-03-2010 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by jbadd99 (Post 1062547)
I'd still like to find a good LED to purchase so that future upgrades to the tank are possible.

I'd also like to avoid the heating of the tank associated with tradition lights - yes, I am aware there are coolers for this, but I'd like to avoid it altogether.

Plus, the added benefit of lower power consumption.

Future upgrades would require a new light anyway IMO. A lot of the currently made LED fixtures are geared towards one tank size, one group of coral, or one depth.

Heating from T5 HO bulbs is really not an issue as they don't burn too hot.

Lower electricity consumption I cannot argue with :) .

Just be warned that LED is still in the baby stages. If you read the article that I posted a link to, you would notice the same thing. I would wait a few years for the quality to come up and a significant drop in price.

thincat 01-03-2010 02:06 PM

If you follow their links you will find out that their lights are for a deep ocean setup. in other words, it's not strong enough for a normal reef setup. 12w-LED is not enough for a 46g tank. You would more then likely need 6 of those units and it still may not be enough.IMO

jbadd99 01-03-2010 02:44 PM

TC, can you help me out by posting the link here? I seem to be missing it altogether on their page.

And so, if the 12W is insufficient, would 2 of the 24W models work for a reef tank? Two of the 24W models would cost me around $515 plus shipping I think, which still falls within my price range.

Thom, you'll get no argument that the traditional lights would be WAY easier (and most likely more reliable) to use, but like I said before, I'm aquiring parts piecemeal beforehand, so it's not like my tank is going to die because I don't have a light on it yet. I also have an 18 month old wild indian that runs around my house (hence the acryllic tank) to think about. LEDs are a little less sensitive to vibration than most traditional lights.

Thanks for you input guys! This forum has already provided me with TONS of great information the books I purchase did not. I think you can expect more questions in the future as I get closer to the actual set up of my tank.

thincat 01-03-2010 03:49 PM

Okay, here's the link.Buy Aquarium Lighting online at Tropical and Marine Ltd - The UK's favourite Aquarium Supplies Co.
It's under "top tips" and is the last line. also has an invitation to call or e-mail them for more information.

InfernoST 01-03-2010 04:46 PM!, Powerfull light for you reef aquarium!

jbadd99 01-03-2010 09:45 PM

Went to my LFS today and asked about LED lighting. They just became a dealer for a company called ecoxotic.

I looked them up when I got home,
Panorama LED Fixtures - Panorama LED Lighting - Products

I'm thinking about the 23.5" system for my 46g setup. I think it should be sufficient and I found it a bit cheaper after some searching.

Also found a review of them here: Forums > Ecoxotic Panorama LED Module

Looks like most likely this is what I'll be going with. I will probably change the controller too, so I can make it dimmable.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:15 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.