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Question Aqueon Evolve 8 Lighting - Asked support but can you help me decipher the answer?

Hello! I recently joined this forum after researching for my own first planted tank and picked up the aqueon evolve 8 due to a budget limitation. I am debating switching out the stock LED light for a stronger one but was curious if I could grow anything besides low light plants. I have tried to find out the lighting specs online, through their website, and in the manual itself but the most I've found that way were wary guesses from other evolve owners. I finally ended up contacting aqueon themselves and they responded to me in a prompt manner, but due to my very limited experience regarding plants and lighting, I am unfamiliar with the technical jargon. There were two separate responses to my inquiry and I feel a bit wary about the advice given. I would appreciate it if someone could explain it to me. I hope this information can be of help to other evolve owners and potential buyers too.

Answer 1:

"I had to check with my research department to answer your question. Here is what they had to say.
They are being driven at 0.08 watts. The chips are rated at 100 mW when driven at a forward current of 100mA. But that is only a test spec. and not what LED’s are normally driven at. The chips are driven at 350mA which is a common forward current value used for driving LED chips in actual use.

Here is the PAR distribution chart when measured at 12” (the bottom of the Evolve 8).

And here is the lumens distribution chart (also at 12”)

This is sufficient to grow just about any type of plant. We have been growing a variety of plants and even a few corals in our test tanks for the last year under the lights."

Answer 2:

"The led on the evolve 8 unit is great for plants. PAR 25.25 with a lux of 2445 ( that’s stronger than the biocube)"

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have really enjoyed my time lurking the forum and will have many more questions later once I figure this out. Thanks!

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