LED colors and their benefits

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  1. VicZA

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    Hi All,

    I have read alot about LED lighting and having different color LEDs but I am not sure what benefits each color has vs another. Does anyone have a guide to this ?

    What colors are available and what are their benefits ?

    Also, if you were doing a DIY LED is there a guideline to how many lights of each color you would use ?

    Thanks
    Vic
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    this is a subject that will take forever to get around, best bet is to search for photosynthetic wavelengths, read articles by Sanjay Joshi and look at what LED manufacturers use.

    the main players are
    UV/Hyper Violet
    Royal Blue
    10k white
    6500k white
    Red
     
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    Thanks gents
     
  6. VicZA

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    Does Green play an important part or not ?

    Also, what is the difference between 10k and 6k white ? Which is more beneficial.

    From my knowledge of photography I think 6k is closest to daylight and 10k would be cool white .... is that correct ?
     
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    ya you dont want anything under 10k !
     
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    anything less than 10000k will promote algae growth

    from what I've read I understand that the most important color is blue. that is mainly because the blue wavelengths penetrate the deepest in the oceans and is naturally the color the corals absorb mostly
     
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    let me chime in here quick, zoozanthallae is algae, we do want under 10K , but we want a mix...
    if your params are right algae will not over run your tank.
    its all about balance

    PHOTOSYNTHESIS
     
  10. VicZA

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    Is it ok to mix a bunch of these colors together or better to stay with only a few (say white and royal blue)
     
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    Look at the brand name units like razor, pharos etc and look what they use. Will give you an idea. Blue and white is mostly the colors and green red etc is only a few chips
     
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