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LED Aquarium Lighting. Going from T5 to LED and Forget them Like A Dream.

More than a year ago, on my birthday, my family presented me a full aquarium kit Juwel Vision 180. With branded cabinet, lighting T5, filtering system and heating.

Yes, LED lighting is included in the kit now, but then there were T5 lamps and a cover with a power supply in it, and I really had a lot of trouble with that system.

And as it seems to me, this lighting system was built only on extorting money from the consumer. And that's why.

Juwel T5 in the aquarium is shown in this image.
T5 lamps

The installation instructions for the lamp immediately stated that in order to increase the quality of light it was necessary to purchase brand reflectors. By themselves, reflectors are also expensive and attached to T5 lamps with plastic clips. Since they are dressed directly on the lamp, they heat, dry and break literally in a month. These 4 plastic parts are worth about 5 €. Without them, when opening the lid, the reflectors will constantly fall into the water and be divorced. Also, periodically it is necessary to change the reflecting element and also it is necessary to buy only original one. Plain foil, supposedly not suitable. And the lamps themselves T5 quickly begin to fall into disrepair. No, they will still shine, but their spectrum will change, which will lead to a deterioration in plant growth and the appearance of undesirable algae. And it’s good that the power blog itself hasn’t been out of order for this time, otherwise it’s not a cheap system, it would have risen in price for 100 €.

Therefore, the question that LED lighting will replace T5 lamps in this aquarium did not even stand.

LED lightening. Pros.

  • Of course, one of the most important advantages of LED lighting, its efficiency. And this is especially important for us, aquarists. After all, even if the aquarium is one (and one aquarium usually is only in the first year :)), the light should still be switched on for quite a long time. Plus filter heaters, compressors. All this consumes quite a lot of electricity. And if the aquarium 5 or 10? And it is very good that LED lighting was invented and is already widely used. It greatly helps to reduce the cost of maintaining the underwater world. According to the manufacturer, LED lamps consume 50% less electricity compared to T5 lamps, the same power.
  • Stability and durability. LED lighting is much longer than usual. And it does not change with time the emission spectrum. At least, manufacturers write this and even give a guarantee for it.
  • LED lighting heats the surface of the water in the aquarium less, and this is quite important in the summer time.
  • Many LED lamps have a high degree of protection against the ingress of water and can be installed even under water.
  • Some modern lamps can turn on and off gradually, as well as change the color of the light flux. That is, in an aquarium, you can recreate a real sunrise with sunset, and even real moonlight simulate at night. And it is very useful not only to plants, but also to small fishes.

How I chose LED lighting.

Of course, the ideal solution would be to buy a branded LED lamp from Juwel, and even a smart control unit. With which you can perfectly recreate daylight in the aquarium. But the price of the kit is still quite high.

The other extreme would be to order LED strips of a suitable spectrum from China and use them. But based on the records on the aquarium forums, it is not so easy to calculate the power, buy and embed the tape in the cover. And if they come across not very high-quality ones, over time they will have to disassemble and redo the whole system again.

In general, after some searching on the Internet, I found the perfect solution in my opinion.

У Aquael There is a series of LED lamps that are sold with T5 and T8 adapters and can be inserted into almost any lamp. These lamps are completely independent of power blogs, have their own switch and wire with a power plug. Moreover, the class of protection against ingress of water is very high - IPX8. theoretically, it can be installed even under water.

Aquael Leddy tube Retrofit. Installation

Before buying these lamps, the most important thing is to check the length of the old and new. For this, the packaging has a fairly understandable table. Lamps Aquael they are not a strict size, as with the help of adapters you can change their length by more than 10 centimeters.

LED lighting in the aquarium, Aquael Tube Retro Fit, the size chart is shown in this image.
Table selection of the correct size.

So, bought and unpacked. It will look something like this.

Next, select the appropriate adapter (in our case, this is T5), and assemble. In the assembly instructions there is nothing useful, and there are secrets of assembly.

First you need to properly assemble the adapter with respect to the fixtures of your lamp, otherwise some of the LEDs will be closed. The adapter snaps easily, but is difficult to disassemble, so it's best not to make mistakes.

Aquael Leddy  Retrofit Tube adapter is shown in this picture.
Aquel Retrofit adapters.

In the case of a lamp Juwel “Antennae” should be installed at right angles to the hole.

After assembling adapters, they must be installed on the lamp itself. And here lies the second secret. In order to properly remove the power cord, you need to remove the plastic ring from the adapter and put it on the other side of the lamp. Then pass the wire through the slot, put the ring and fix the adapters on the lamp by turning it.

In finished form, everything should look like this.

LED Aquarium Lighting. Going from T5 to LED and Forget them. As the Dream is visible in the photo.

Next, insert the lamp into the Juwel lamp holder and turn on the network.

But since that the each lamp has independent power now, you have to spend money on the tee for the outlet. Well, do not forget to use the light on timer Very convenient!

LED lighting in the aquarium. Conclusion

I do not know how much the LED lighting will like the plants, but I was pleased. No more reflectors falling into the water!

Before (Juwel T5):

After (Aquael Leddy tube Retrofit):

Slightly removed the plants, so the photo is not on 100% displays the result. But still the difference is noticeable. The light has become more “transparent” and perhaps more “cold”.

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