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How to light a tall paludarium

Hi all,
This is my set up, measurent are in cm.
Now I light it with 4PL light and two big led light. I'm not satisfied specially because of lack of penetretion in water.
At the moment I can't grow any acquatic light.
I would like to switch to full led.
I've seen a lot of option on aliexpress.
Any suggestion?
Thanks in advance

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Hi all,
This is my set up, measurent are in cm.
Now I light it with 4PL light and two big led light. I'm not satisfied specially because of lack of penetretion in water.
At the moment I can't grow any acquatic light.
I would like to switch to full led.
I've seen a lot of option on aliexpress.
Any suggestion?
Thanks in advance

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From what I can tell by your measurements (115cm total ?), about 45 inches to the bottom of your set-up? Light penetration can definitely become a challenge with tall set-ups.

I'm sure you have already done your homework in regards to the plants you are going to grow, along with their lighting requirements. Probably a good idea to give some better details about your existing 4PL lights and 2 big LEDs (eg., wattage, LED spread: 120 degrees, etc.). Depending on the amount of light you need for your land area/water area, you could go the DIY or 'plug N play' route. Regardless of DIY or 'plug & play', I'm fairly confident you will have to tweak things a bit ~ position/spacing/etc. ~ trial & error [I always try to keep that in mind with the 'build design' in case things do have to be re-positioned and moved around).

For 'plug N play', there are a variety of "quality" manufactured pendant style LED fixtures with different lens options that may serve your purpose, although they can have a very "expensive" initial cost (many to choose from, here are a few examples: https://www.ecoxotic.com/products/cannon-pro-led-160/, Kessil LED Lights, Freshwater ? EcoTech Marine|Radion, https://orphek.com/atlantik-p-planted-aquarium/, https://fluence.science/store/. Personally, these are a bit rich for "me"... I would would rather 'opt' to build a DIY grid that would incorporate an array of LEDs (with different beam angles and intensities) that would allow for maneuverability and re-positioning of individual lights. But hey, that's just me. Maybe you could incorporate more of the LED fixtures (like the type you are using now), possibly using different beam angles and/or lenses along with different wattages.

There are several DIY options, (a lot less expensive, especially in regards to LEDs) that allow one to customize a lighting system for their particular application. Some good ideas can be found on this site (TPT) under the "lighting" & "DIY" forums (example: a puck and rail system https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...ome-parts.html).

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For the moment I'll try like that. Not a lot of difference....
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Hi, any update on the lights? I am myself planning a 120cm x 60cm x 120cm Paludrium with 45-60cm of water area. A bit worried about lights for the bottom area plus room for the misting system.
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This is a time when I might look to some of the "spotlight" fixtures to hang above the tank as they put the light more directly down and they can be added to or changed better than a single fixture. Rather than a tube shape, more light a round spot shining down using several to get the spread wide enough?
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I have been using spots for my current tall viv, it get too messy with multiple wires etc around. Panels reduce the clutter. They make the sprinkler plumbing simpler too.
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