Hello people. Sorry for a possibly long and messy post but I need as much information as possible.
Currently, I'm using fluorescent lighting but I know the day will eventually come that I will have to make the jump to LED's, which I'm not looking forward to since I don't know much about them. Hopefully, this thread will help change that. I like what I'm using now but I don't know if I can get what I have now in LED.
I'm using two T8 bulbs(17W each), one is 6500K that I bought from an electrical supply store and the other is an Aqueon FloraMax, which does not indicate the Kelvin rating. The first bulb gives off a white light whereas the FloraMax gives off a red tint. I've had a lot of success growing plants using these bulbs together so would I be able to get this same look in an LED fixture?
Another thing is PAR. I've been researching about lighting and I've learned that plants use the blue and red spectrum. I don't know where my 6500 is on the spectrum since I can't find that information on it but the FloraMax
provides both red and blue. Would I be able to obtain this with LED's and if so, what would I look for?
There are a few other things that I'm looking for:
- One is a dimmer. I've read that some fixtures have a dimmer so you can adjust the intensity. This would be great to have since I don't want the tank to be too bright.
-Another is the dawn/dusk feature. I use a photoperiod of 5-4-5 and I like that the lights turn on and off gradually with that feature, making it easier for fish to adapt to the change instead of it being so sudden.
-A timer is a must or at least, a fixture that will work with the timer I use for my lights right now.
I know that I will have to shell out a bit of cash for this but I am looking for something more affordable and not $300+. I don't know if I will be able to find what I want in that price range.
So, do you all have any suggestions on what brands I should check out? If there is any info that you'll need that I left out, please let me know.