Aquarium Set-Up – LED Lighting – Marineland
The Marineland LED lighting strip is one of the most popular LED systems available in North America. It comes in a variety of sizes with the 36 and 48 inch strips the most popular of the lione. It has a single-brite and double-brite series in both sizes. Both have expandable brackets to allow them to fit on a tank that is slightly longer then the actual length of the strip light itself.
The units are not over-sized and are shown to replaced directly the fluorescent strip light of the canopy that was included with the tank already. This makes it quite east to retrofit the lighting system in many aquariums that already had a full canopy with the opening for the strip light to lie on. Depending on your particular tank and canopy set, the replacement of a fluorescent bulb fixture with a new LED system may not be any trouble at all.
The LED output is quite bright and used for many reef installations. The illumination is noticeably brighter than fluorescent bulbs according to this review of the system. It may be so bright, in fact, that existing corals that have acclimated to the output of fluorescent bulb may be harmed by the sudden exposure tot he light of these strips. It may be necessary to drop some of the corals deper into the tank to get them back to the PAR values they are accustomed to being exposed. Too much light can be quite harmful to a reef system.
The Marineland strip is much less advanced than the previously showcased Vertex LED lighting system previously showcased. Much of its operation is manual, such and turning on and off the blue light LEDs to show off the tank during the eventing. The narrator noted that he could only turn the light is on and off manually, it would not work on a timer, this is because the switch is a single control unit that does not operate the blue and full LED capacity separately. Since there is only one power cable, the timer cannot operate the light to run it full light and then blue light in a continuous cycle.
The Marineland system is much cheaper than many other LED Lighting units that incorporate the various timers and light controls to customize the way the tank is illuminated during the day and night. For many aquarists though, this automation may be unnecessary as they are caring and watching their aquariums on a daily basis and there to manually control the light the reef will receive.