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Old 06-26-2017, 08:48 PM   #1
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Beamswork Lighting for Low Tech Planted?

So I'm looking to upgrade the light on my 55gal to LED, and I'm thinking about getting this: Beamswork EA Timer 6500K 0.50W LED Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant.

Ideally I want between 15 to 30 par, at 18", probably a bit closer to 30. I will not be running CO2. Planning on getting low light plants like anubias, java fern, anacharis, possibly some vals. Would this be a good light, or should I look into any other LED's?
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So I'm looking to upgrade the light on my 55gal to LED, and I'm thinking about getting this: Beamswork EA Timer 6500K 0.50W LED Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant.



Ideally I want between 15 to 30 par, at 18", probably a bit closer to 30. I will not be running CO2. Planning on getting low light plants like anubias, java fern, anacharis, possibly some vals. Would this be a good light, or should I look into any other LED's?


Does it have a dimmer with it? I've heard they are actually pretty bright. I'd say it's likely to be too strong rather than not enough. I've got one on my 90g Oscar tank and it lights that up like a dream
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:08 PM   #3
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You grow plants in that or nah?
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You grow plants in that or nah?


Nah use it just as a light, the oscars abit savage for plants haha I'm 100% certain it will grow what you want though.
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Well if you have no algal problems in a clean tank with no plants it possible
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:20 PM   #6
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Is a good light. Although I would get the newer beamswork dhl 1W 6500k. Looking at good par like 60-70 at sub with that tank. This dimmer works. I use it on mine. Went from 90 par down to 40 with it. Current USA Truelumen Inline Dimmer for 12 and 24-Volt LED Strip https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FC04I8..._BjBuzbHPFTKGH
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Is a good light. Although I would get the newer beamswork dhl 1W 6500k. Looking at good par like 60-70 at sub with that tank. This dimmer works. I use it on mine. Went from 90 par down to 40 with it. Current USA Truelumen Inline Dimmer for 12 and 24-Volt LED Strip https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FC04I8..._BjBuzbHPFTKGH
Do you have any models you'd recommend for lower light plants?
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This with the dimmer. That way you can keep the same light in future if you want high light. Beamswork LED 1W 6500K HI Lumen Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant (DHL 48 6500K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FVNPZN2..._gmBuzb8TGC92V
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This with the dimmer. That way you can keep the same light in future if you want high light. Beamswork LED 1W 6500K HI Lumen Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant (DHL 48 6500K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FVNPZN2..._gmBuzb8TGC92V
Do you know what the dimmer brings it down to?
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Basically just turn it down 50-60% for low tech. I do that on my low tech tank. Works great.
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Do you know what the dimmer brings it down to?


All the way from 10% to max and anywhere in between.
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Basically just turn it down 50-60% for low tech. I do that on my low tech tank. Works great.
Aight. Do you know of any options that would work with out the dimmer for my purposes?
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Aight. Do you know of any options that would work with out the dimmer for my purposes?

You could probably go with a couple T8s and it'd be fine with the plants that you listed. By the way, there are many great varieties of Java Fern out there. Thor's Hammer, Ishikawa Island, Narrow Leaf, Needle Leaf, Threadleaf, Windelov, and even some new variety by the name of Lettuce Leaf.
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You could probably go with a couple T8s and it'd be fine with the plants that you listed. By the way, there are many great varieties of Java Fern out there. Thor's Hammer, Ishikawa Island, Narrow Leaf, Needle Leaf, Threadleaf, Windelov, and even some new variety by the name of Lettuce Leaf.
Thanks for the list, I'll have to check some of those out. I thought about T8s, since that's what I'm using now, but I'd rather get something more energy efficient that I won't have to replace yearly
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Get a finnex planted plus and dim it right down. Generally all the LED's on the market are strong so they require a dimmer to get them to your desired lighting level
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Don't need a dimmer if you can raise the light.

I use spring loaded curtain rods for my situation but moving your light up or down is the same as using a dimmer.

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