car led and hid

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by mo arabi, 10 Jan 2014.

  1. mo arabi

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    Hey guys I just wanted to know if car 12v led interior lights and hid lights would work out fine for a marine tank. The hid is really bright and rated 6000k I think. Just need to know if the corals will live.

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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Rather stick with LEDS made for reef tanks.
    Although the lights look bright, unless you have the correct equipment, theres no way of telling if its providing the right spectrum/PAR.
     
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    How could they be tested?
     
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    You can test them using a par meter over your tank. odds are you would have to use several of these units to get enough light to cover the tank, and their colour is only 6000k reef tanks normally look good under 10 000k and up.
     
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    corals grow under a very specific frequency of light , a specific range if the uv light spectrum ... I think its between 400 and 500 nm ... would these lamps supply them with it ?
     
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    im not sure they dont come with what wattage they are
     
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    If its fish only its ok, for corals I have found that you cannot get away with cheap lights. Rather spend the money once and save yourself the mysery of loosing live stock
     
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    nice for algae growth

    Would work in your refugium or Algae scrubber
     
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