• Aquariums in Massachusetts

Aquarium Lighting Selection

Fluorescent Lighting

Pros of this lighting system:

  • Lower initial cost.

Cons of this lighting system:

  • Bulbs need to be replaced annually to maintain proper spectrum of light.
  • Project low amounts of heat into the water.
  • Emit light to a depth of about 24 inches, deeper tanks may appear dimmer.

LED Lighting

Pros of this lighting system:

  • Brighter colors simulating natural sunlight.
  • Dappling effect throughout the aquarium.
  • No bulbs to replace annually, fixtures last to 50,000 hours.
  • No heat projected into the water.

Cons of this lighting system:

  • More expensive initial cost.
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