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Product Review-BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED Plant System


Lighting is one of the most important factors in the success of any planted aquascape. This product review of the BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED plant system shows the improvements made by BeamsWork in adapting the power of LED for the planted aquarium enthusiast.

One of the important factors for any LED plant system is the number and power of individual diodes to punch light deep into all parts of the fish tank. Each plant must obtain suitable illumination and proper spectrum to thrive. One of the main points made by PlantedTankUK is the removal of all blue diodes by the BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED plant system.

I don’t believe this is because the light hurts the plants in any way, but more for the viewing comfort of the person who is watching the aquarium. Blue light is often the only light found at the deeper areas of a coral bed, but is not so important when dealing with freshwater liver aquatic plants. Blue light makes viewing any aquarium difficult. The light output is seen as hard and rough. Natural sunlight, on the other hand is softer and more pleasant to the eye. The 120 LED bulbs are all of 6500K which is a very is a very good rating for any standard lighting source for plants.

Many of the LED systems made for aquarium use are biased in favour of the lighting required for corals and other marine organisms. The use of actinic light is common and that is deep within the blue range. By ignoring that area, the BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED plant system is targeting freshwater systems and not trying for the marine market in any way.

BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED plant system has three settings

The BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED plant system ignores the seeming fascination with perfect light duplication required for reefs. Rather it has very rudimentary controls for the aquarist to adjust. The switch allows three settings, full output of all 120 LED diodes, 24 diodes and off.

The 24 LED setting is for the convenience of the operator, to drop the illumination of the outside room when watching a television or concentrating on some other screen. As far as I can tell, there is no reason for the setting on the BeamsWork 120 x 0.2w LED plant system as far as plant health is concerned. It reduces the amount of light generated so the tank won’t interfere in the evening when glare could be a problem.

Full specs and other information on the system are included in the description of the video:

I have reviewed a couple of lights for BeamsWork now but those lights contained bright blue LEDs. As im sure you know the high bright blue LEDs give a blue shimmer and really ruin the look of a planted tank. BeamsWork have listened to your comments and taken it on board. They have developed as version of the light that is perfect for planted tanks.

It Contains:

120 x 0.2w 6500k White LEDs

You have the option to run all 120 LEDs or 24 LEDs

I have installed the light on my Fluval Roma 90 as you can see in the video and i have to say the colour looks great and it seems to penetrate to the bottom really well. Only time will tell if it does the job but all signs are good and i think the price is good at around £130.

I will update this info as i am made aware of places that are selling the light, until then google is your friend

 

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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  1. TasyaMarch 6, 2015 at 12:18 amReply

    you have to go back to the store from my understanding Aqueon was boghut out and now Petco is the only place they sell them and you can’t special order

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