(Back to FAQs)

What are the advantages of using LED lighting for my aquarium?

Advances in LED technology have propelled it to become the top choice for satisfying the aquarium illumination needs of reef enthusiasts. LEDs have many benefits over other popular forms of aquarium lighting, including metal halides and T5 tubes.
  • High-output LED lighting, such as our model A102, generates enough power to maintain and grow even the most demanding SPS corals as revealed in our initial head-to-head PAR value test against Solaris I4 and Giesemann .

PAR Value at Various Depths (Full Lights)

Solaris I4 (72”)

Giesemann (24”)

Acan Lighting A102 (24”)

0” depth

2883

2883

2883

6” depth

730

1703

1160

12” depth

408

580

750

18” depth

234

187

485

24” depth

160

112

345

30” depth

135

75

260

36” depth

108

55

204

42” depth

83

39

161

48” depth

61

31

125

WATTAGE

751

423

128

  • LED lights have proven to be significantly more energy efficient than metal halides, requiring far less energy. Reef hobbyists can expect further savings in monthly electricity bills due to another characteristic of LEDs - unlike metal halides, our LED lights radiate heat away from the water, which can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for a chiller.
  • Our specially designed and manufactured LED bulbs have a life expectancy of approximately 50,000 hours, or over 5 years of typical use. Both metal halides and fluorescent tubes must be replaced significantly more often, and light reduction is much more drastic over the lifespan of these types of bulbs.
  • All of our fixtures contain white and blue LED bulbs which enables various automatic light stages – Daylight, Sunrise/Sunset, and Moonlight, to simulate the natural light cycle and create stunning illumination which really shows off your aquarium.
  • LED lights emit only a fraction of the UV radiation compared to metal halides, eliminating the danger to light-sensitive corals.
  • The use of lenses on the bulbs used in the A102 results in reduced light spillage compared to other forms of aquarium lighting. The light is focused on your corals, where it is needed the most. Because light does not unnecessarily shine on the walls of the tank, keeping the glass free of algae is significantly easier.