I just got an aqueon 55 gallon tank delux kit and I would like to make it into a planted tank. But I think the two 15w bulbs it came with is not enough light. I would like to have low light plants an maybe a couple medium light plants.what lighting should I use?
A 48" finnex ray II will give you some nice med-high output. Or you can roll with a 2x54W Catalina T5HO fixture. This all depends on which specific plants you want. Just note that its always easier and cheaper to reduce high lighting instead of adding more light. That's why I suggest a moderate-high fixture so you can just alter it to your needs and always have the option to up the lighting down the road incase you want to try higher light plants. If you are 100% positive you only want low light plants, a couple of stock aqueon t5 strips will suffice with the right bulbs (or a cheap fixture from a home improvement store).
I got the MarineLand double bright LED lights as I also thought there wasn't enough light in the tank with the flourescents. I got 2 of the 18-24" lights and they fit perfectly. You would get more light with buying one 48" light. I like the light as it creates areas of light and shadow in the tank. There is also a shimmering effect from these on the water moving from the filters. I also went with 2 hagen filters instead of the one that came with the tank. The plants are thriving. I have the lights on a timer for 15 hours per day.
One more thing I forgot to add.. the LED's point straight down. I've had zero algae buildup on the glass. I think that the glass doesn't get enough light to support algae growth. This might not be the case with the 48" light as there are more LED's.