Substituting T5 HO's for LED

nicklassandager

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Hi there

I'm considering changing out my current 4 x 80w HO T5 lamp setup (360 watt in all) for Fluval Plant 3.0 Leds. The price to performance ratio seems really nice. I'm looking for advice on how many of the LED lamps i should setup in order to obtain an equivalent level of light and coverage in the aquarium. The aquarium is 530 liter, with the dimensions of 160 cm wide, 60 tall and 55 back to front. Its heavily planted (dutch layout inspired) and has high levels of co2 injection. I would guess my current lighting setup can be described as at the higher end of medium lighting level.

The Fluval Plant 3.0 has these characteristics sited on their website:

MODEL
Item #
PLANT SPECTRUM LED
14520
PLANT SPECTRUM LED
14521
PLANT SPECTRUM LED
14522
PLANT SPECTRUM LED
14523
UPC015561145209015561145213015561145220015561145237
Size Range15- 24"
(38 - 61 cm)
24 - 34"
(61 - 85 cm)
36 - 48"
(91 - 122 cm)
48 - 60"
(122 - 153 cm)
LEDs99168252336
Wattage22 W32 W46 W59 W
Lumens1450 lm2350 lm3300 lm4250 lm
Color Temp.6500 K6500 K6500 K6500 K
Lifetime50 000 hrs50 000 hrs50 000 hrs50 000 hrs


Does anyone have any advice on configuration and number of LED lamps?
 

oreo57

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OK first a simple "rule if thumb" that historically has been fairly accurate:
1)2 watt LED per 1 watt tubes.
Now PAR measurements of even lux is much better.
W/ dimming and shooting for the safe side 2:3
A bigger issue is in butting led's together. Depending on the distance from last diode to first diode it may work well or may not.
Farther the distance the more light falloff between them
It's not always visible to the eye but it is there.
Raising the light helps but you lose oar at depth.
So 4 14522's would be a start .
184 watts
though the size is wrong
4 14521'sare too low in output.

Fluvals aren't quite designed to accommodate a tank of that size really.

A 14521/214522 pair fits better but even with 2 sets your power is low. 156w

Then you need to worry about braces and where they are.

As a comparison.. 6 AI Prime freshwaters would overall work better but that is like 1200 US if you can get them here.
 

nicklassandager

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Thanks @oreo57. I do agree with regard to PAR vs. Lumen. Unfortunatly Fluval apparently doesn't state that information on their website (in the interests of us as consumers they really should).
 

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