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I came across an article that explains how to calculate the lights needed for a given surface area. In my case 1 metre lenght and .4 metre width gives an area of .4. Metre squared.



Now we multiply the area * 33000 lux (medium to high tech is equal to 33000lux) which gives an answer of 13200 lumens.

There was also a chart that states that a t5 tube is equal to 70 lumens per watt plus another 20 percent if there is a reflector which gives 84 lumens per watt.

Finally we divide the required 13200 lumens by 84 which equals to 157 watts.




So 4 * 45 t5 tubes in a 200 litre tank , is enough light intensity for the majority of the plants. (if the tank is more then 60cms high , you have to add another variable.)



I do not know how to translate this to led bulbs, lumens per watt ,

And that light is emitted in one direction.

So any help / correction is greatly appreciated.
 
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