LED Lighting the Focus at MACNA

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Ecoxotic Panorama Fixtures at ORA Display

Ecoxotic Panorama Fixtures at ORA Display

LED lighting has taken the aquarium world by storm. The first appearance of this light source in our hobby was a bit dismal, as LED technology was nowhere near able to compete with T5HO lighting or metal halides. The LEDs hung around, but only as accent lighting in the form of blue and white moonlights because their output was so little. Fast forward several years and these lights have really started to take hold. Developments made by companies like Cree have really put LEDs to the forefront of aquarium lighting, right up there with the classics lighting schemes. PAR output is way up, with energy uses still very attractive to anyone paying through the nose to illuminate their aquarium.

Cherry Corals with Aqua Illumination LED

Cherry Corals with Aqua Illumination LED

At the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA), almost every vendor used some form of high efficiency LED lighting. Corals in various display tanks were bathed in the a healthy glow, with more and more companies are coming out of the wood work trying to get their own little piece of the LED lighting market. There are still doubters out there sticking to their halides and fluorescents, but our reef tanks can now be sufficiently lit by a far more efficient type of lighting.

Acan Lighting MACNA

Acan Lighting at MACNA

Our good friends, and AquaNerd sponsors, Ecoxotic were at MACNA and they seemed to have their products over a large number of aquariums, including all of the ORA aquariums. Aqua Illumination and Acan Lighting were two other companies who supplied a large amount of lighting for the event.

All images courtesy of David Harmontree of Reef2Reef.

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  • janice

    How beautiful! I work with Sharp and have been doing some research on LED lighting. In addition to being eco-friendly and cost effective, the uses for LED lighting had become so varied that the only limitations are your own creativity and imagination. In addition to aquariums, they are great for homes, inside and outside, businesses, art, toys, bicycles…it just goes on. I believe they are the lighting of the future. LED lighting