Thursday, May 17, 2012

The ABCs of LEDs


Responsible reefkeepers know conservation is playing a huge role in the growth and evolution of the aquarium hobby. Yet, those outside the aquarium hobby sometimes fail to recognize how much we, as a community, truly care about Mother Earth and her oceans. We support efforts to eliminate abuses in collection, encourage captive breeding and propagation and, in general, try to raise awareness to ensure a sustainable future for the marine environment and hobby we love so much.

One of the ways to help is by reducing our carbon footprint by using energy-efficient equipment with our aquarium systems. With the recent influx of LED light technology, having an eco-friendly tank has never been easier.

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, have the ability to create intense, high output light using less electricity. We can now produce the intense light needed for photosynthesis for less than half the cost it would have required only a couple of years ago. Saving energy reduces the impact of aquariums on our beloved wild reefs.

LED aquarium light is evolving at a rapid pace. Today we will address some of the most frequently asked questions people have about LEDs. We will clear up some misconceptions and explain why the advantages of LEDs are helping them live up to the marketing hype.