can you use normal leds as reef aquarium lighting

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  1. dylan woodhouse

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    can you use normal leds that are just white for reef aquarium?
     
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  3. NADEEM

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    what is "Normal LED'S"
    you say reef, so you intend keeping coral, what type of coral? best is high powered LED's...you get different brands, Bridgelux, Osram, Cree, etc.

    search this forum, there is loads of info on LED LIghting for reef tanks
     
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    I think he means the cool white bulbs u can purchase at game if im not mistaken, theyre a bit on the low kelvin side
     
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    yes the cool white ones, but i can put like 50 leds like that would that be good?
     
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    umm, as i said the kelvin rating is a bit low so I personally would'nt, let's see what the experts say
     
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    Im not going to say no, but consider the cost of those globes they are not cheap.
    I also doubt it will be efficent, sensible or give you very cool colour in the tank.

    Either buy a marine porpose led, or look at DIYing one yourelf if at all possible.
     
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    Low kelvin is fine for coral health. The big problem is that the spread of the spectrum is likely to be very limited (ie only representing a very narrow band of the light spectrum).

    This is why most of the better LED systems these days have a large number of colours making up their output light.
     
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    I agree. You gotta pay attention to spectrum when using LED lights. There are white LEDs which are truly broad spectrum, but others are not. So you really have to know which kind you have.
     
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    u need to check the spectral analysis of your chosen LED, and see whether that is appropriate for coral growth, i cant off hand remember the nm wavelengths that are good,
     
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