LED AQUARIUM LIGHTING;
*TMC AquaRay Lights, Newest/Best Patented Cree, Osram Oslon High PUR/PAS emitters; with PWM
The LATEST High Output; Aqua Beam & Gro Beam Marine/ Freshwater Systems/Fixtures;
*We are the ORIGINAL & MOST EXPERIENCED Online Retailer of ULTRA PREMIUM AquaRay LED Lighting
With the MOST Researched Information to back up our products; WHY PURCHASE ELSEWHERE?
For those looking for other good to very good LEDs (a notch or two below the ultra premium high PUR AquaRay AquaBeam & GroBeam line), please see these web pages:
*PAR 38 LED Incandescent Base HO Lights,
*TMC Flexi LED Strips, *AquaBar LED & *ZetLight LED (similar to Maxspect Razor)
We are constantly researching LED which includes real-world use via our sister aquarium maintenance company & others.
We attempt to sell ONLY proven by researchable FACTS, LED light systems.
This includes LED manufacturers that understand the Importance of PUR/PAS in relation to PAR for both plants and corals as per drivers/controllers and emitters used (no cool white, gimmicky RGB features that lower PUR, etc.)
See: Aquarium Lighting; PUR/PAS
*Please note that we update web page information frequently; this means all pictures, information, etc. are the most up to date ANYWHERE!
Please scroll down for specific LED Light information and to purchase.
See the side bar for LED Light Suggestions
The picture below is a reef aquarium with Acropora Coral using TMC AquaRay Lighting at National Oceanography Centre in London
* EXCLUSIVE EMITTERS
TMC AquaRays latest offering now includes the LATEST generation of PROPRIETARY & Licensed Osram Olson NP & Cree XR-E, XP-E, XP-G, XT-E, XB-D, & ML-E Power High Performance LED Emitters; which are among the best emitters available for Aquarium LED Lights.
It is noteworthy that generally an AquaRay PURCHASED TODAY likely has an UPDATED version of the emitter used in the same model a year earlier.
These Cree Emitters should NOT be confused with "over the counter" Cree emitters sold for other lighting applications or fixtures, as these do not produce the same optimum Spectrum of Light energy required for delicate marine and freshwater inhabitants and plants.
These custom emitters are NOT available to the general public OR even other LED Manufacturers.
The Proprietary Patented Cree & Osram Olson emitters developed for these specific applications have the highest PUR, Lumens per Watt, & Focused Lumens of any other LED emitter. These easily out produce most popular HO/VHO T5 & CFL lights when compared apples to apples with much less wasted light energy in the mostly useless yellow/green spectrum & more.
* When the "watts per gallon rule" for planted/reef aquariums (@ 4 watts per gallon) is applied to a TMC GroBeam (as an example), this can come out to requiring only .6 watt per gallon for the high PUR TMC LED Lights (.8 watt per gallon for advanced reefs).
See Aquarium Lighting; Useful Light Energy
Studies/Test in plant growth has shown a 12 Watt 6500K Full spectrum/daylight LED Surpassing a similar 175 Watt 6500K Full spectrum Metal Halide!!
See this article for further explanation: Aquarium Lighting; LED Controlled Test
Here are some Videos using TMC Aqua Ray/Aqua Beam LED lights:
Reef aquarium with Ultima NP LEDs
YouTube Video, Red sea max 130 mod; Reef White/ Marine Blue
You Tube Video; GroBeam 1500, Pearling: This video shows the plants pearling
Planted Aquarium with Mini 400 LED
TMC (Tropic Marine Center) AQUA RAY LED LIGHTING;
Up to 50,000 hour lamp life (equivalent to 6x fluorescent lighting) with no significant deterioration of spectral quality (unlike ALL fluorescents).
AquaRay uses "Pulse Width Modulation" (PWM) to control their LED lighting as opposed to using "Reduction of Current" used by MOST competing brands of LED Fixtures.
This is important as PWM is effectively turning the LEDs on and off very quickly (faster than the eye can see) so there is no change to the spectral output.
As well there is MUCH LESS ENERGY LOST TO HEAT as with "Current Reduction" which is why cooling fans are necessary on so many other Aquarium LED fixtures, UNLIKE TMC AquaRays.
Currently there is not a more powerful emitter along with more precise driver circuitry, producing more useful light energy per watt of energy used!
The video to the left gives an animated reason of AquaRay's quality
With modern emitter & driver technology, very exacting nanometer spikes can be obtained with the Aqua Ray LEDs whose emitter bin specifications are the cutting edge in aquarium lighting
The spectrograph/picture to the left demonstrates these emitters.
These bin specifications include the ML-E blue emitters for which the highest PUR/PAR is found.
As well TMC now has the unlensed Cree XT-E Fiji Blue, 420-465nm.
With either blue emitter, there are no dangerous UV-B or lower wave lengths are emitted as with many MH Lights.
Reference: Aquarium Lighting; PAR
Low voltage and cool running utilizing large heat sinks & NO COOLING FANS TO BREAK DOWN due to higher efficiency drivers/PWM, UNLIKE most other popular LEDs; with the lowest running costs and carbon footprint of any lighting system available.
The AquaRay LEDs have the Highest useable output of light per energy consumed of ANY LIGHT (including other Aquarium LEDs);
Making these LEDs suitable for all freshwater & marine set ups including reef tanks incorporating LPS and SPS hard corals.
Unique Shimmer Effect
Unlike fluorescent lamps, AquaRay lighting delivers a directed, or "focused" source of light, and the passage of this light through water is comparable with what would be seen in nature under direct sunlight. In other words, visible beams of light will pierce the water and reflect the movement of the water surface, producing a more natural and eye-catching shimmer effect in the aquarium itself.
Fully Dimable, such as an slow dim of an hour on or off when using the AquaRay Controllers (sold separately, but NOT necessary for use of lights). Standard household timers can be used for simple on/off cycles.
Less expensive than T5 Lights when compared to the equivalent light energy of (2) T5 18 Watt Lights & fixtures including; electrical usage, initial cost, T5 annual lamp replacement over the 5 year life of a 12 watt AquaRay LED light fixture; the AquaRay costs $133 vs. $318 for the T5
This comparison can also be made 30 watt GroBeam/AquaBeam 2000 & 1500 to a Metal Halide of about 250-400 watts for which the electrical usage difference would be more than double the above figure and when you add in a chiller that may no longer be needed, the savings add to even more!
The Aqua Ray lights can be paired with PAR 38 LEDs, T2, or T5 Fluor. lights.
The Aqua Ray can be used all by itself, however the above suggestions allow for a less costly application and as well allow for mixing of different lighting types benefits.
The AquaRay line of LEDs is modular and is NOT a one size fits all system as with so many other LED lighting systems.
For example in Reef Aquariums; the NP 2000 is the deeper penetrating LED (for tanks with depth 20" to 30") but with less light spread. The NP 1500 is the same light, however with less penetration but a wider spread (24 x 24" vs 18 x 18")
The 600 is similar in depth penetration as the 1500 (some versions such as the Fiji Blue deeper), but is meant to fill in gaps when used with tiles or for smaller tanks.
The 500 tiles fill in gaps for smaller aquariums both planted and reef with good depth penetration down to 24"
Warranty for 5 years on lamp/emitter unit (which generally is with the NEWEST version of the fixture) and 2 years on the power supply
Most other Aquarium LED units are ONLY 1 or 2 years and even then, these have to be returned for lengthy repairs while we generally provide a brand new replacement LED fixture IMMEDIATELY!!
We automatically register ALL AquaRay products for warranty and keep a data base to quickly handle any and all problems quickly.
NO OTHER AQUARIUM LED SELLER MATCHES OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE!!
You will NOT get this customer service from any of the parasite retailers such as those on eBay (drop shipping from Florida) or in Canada using our hard work & research to sell AquaRay Lighting with no product backing or knowledge.
All Solid State AquaRay LEDs are Complete WITH Power Supply, Mounting Brackets, etc.
Additional power supplies, even controllers are NOT required for operation (controllers are for additional features)
All AquaRay LEDs include approximately 9-10 feet of cord from the power supply, plus 18" from the ballast to plug for ease/safety of connection.
By plugging these into a Multi-Controller (NOT included), 4-8 "plugs" can be eliminated (See the Controller Section)
Simply Stated, these LEDs can maintain optimum lighting for reef and planted aquariums along with the best LEDs by other builders for less electrical output and a warranty no other LED even comes close to!!
AquaBeam 600 Ultima ML-E LEDs
New Patented versions of the Cree ML-E & XT-E emitter for the AquaBeam Models & the XB-D Cree emitter for the GroBeam models
These are cooler running, more stable emitters. This allows for more voltage variance and is thus more durable in a harsh aquarium environment.
(8) 1.6 watt emitters instead of (5) of previous models in the AquaBeam models
(5) 2.4 watt emitters in the GroBeam Ultima 600 models (NOW available in GroBeam DUO Twin)
Specifications: Length= 19 inches per strip (49 cm); Width= 2 inches (5.2 cm); height= 2.5 cm (approx. 4 cm with mounting brackets)
Each 600 Fixture has a 24 x 11 inch light spread (with fixture 6+ inches above tank); 120° Beam Angle
Unique light-weight, water resistant design, and extremely flexible mounting options including;
*Retrofit of standard aquarium hood/canopy, *mounting on rails, *suspended above aquarium, *placed over "rim" of the aquarium, or *wall mounting, making them suitable and simple for replacement, retrofit and new install.
(See Mounting Options Section)
Includes mounting brackets
600 Models Specifics:
AquaBeam 600 ULTIMA; 12 watt Marine White- $133.99
Marine White Ultima 600 Reef Capable LED- $121.99 Only until July 8 (Third "Specials" Cart)
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(6) 9K Cree ML-E Daylight & (2) ML-E Reef Blue emitters
A Daylight LED, that still has ample Blue light energy (for symbiotic zooanthellic algae found in corals, etc.); Also despite the name, the Marine White is also a possible compliment for 22"+ deep planted freshwater aquariums
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(4) 9K Cree ML-E Daylight & (4) ML-E Reef Blue emitters
The Reef White is the most recommended model with the best general marine reef application potential; excellent to 18" and a good compliment to NP 2000 tiles in higher depths (also aids in Cyanobacteria control). A good compliment to T2 or T5 Lights.
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(2) 9K Cree ML-E Daylight & (6) ML-E Reef Blue emitters
A good choice for high light requiring corals/clams placed at more depth (18-22 inches or higher when complimenting more focused LEDs). While not the 60° beam angle emitters of the NP 2000 or Mini 500, the higher blue content provides for slightly higher depth penetration over the Reef White 600.
Also a good compliment to T2 or T5 Daylight systems
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(8) ML-E Reef Blue emitters
This deeper penetrating, High Kelvin 465-485nm "royal blue" ML-E Blue can compliment other LED lights of 14,000 or less or is a good compliment to daylight T2, T5, CFL, or SHO lights.
Fiji Blue 600 ULTIMA; 12 watt- $133.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
(5 XT-E blue emitters)
Uses Deeper Blue 420-465 nm "Fiji Blue" Cree LATEST generation XT-E LEDs, which enhances the fluorescence of the corals.
Please read PUR in Aquarium Lighting; Depth Penetration for more (including a comparison depth penetration picture between Fiji & Reef Blue)
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(5- 6500K Daylight XB-D emitters)
The primary choice for freshwater aquariums that TMC recommends for planted FW aquariums (a good compliment to Marine White for planted FW tanks too & the best choice if the only LED used for a planted FW aquarium)
DUO TWIN 600 ULTIMA LED Lights:
The DUO Twins are the same as the above single GroBeam, AquaBeam 600 Marine White, Reef White, Reef Blue & Marine Blue, but with two LED light strips/fixtures with a SINGLE electrical outlet, and can be placed in parallel OR placed "end to end" for a total of 24 watts.
All DUO Twins have approximately 10 feet of cord from the ballast (power supply) for each light providing plenty of flexibility. The DUOs also include a power supply that combines both strips to one plug.
GroBeam 600 DUO TWIN ULTIMA ND (Double)- $247.99
(2 x 12 watt GroBeam with XB-D emitters)
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AquaBeam 600 Ultima DUO TWIN;- $265.99
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2 x 12 watt Reef White Ultima (New)
(4) 9K Cree ML-E Daylight & (4) ML-E Reef Blue emitters
2 x 12 watt Reef White & Marine Blue
AquaBeam 2000 Ultima Models
*30 Watt Reef White NP Ultima 2000- $285.99
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The "Reef White NP Ultima" is an over all deeper penetrating 20K Reef Aquarium Light which consists of 4 x 10,000K extremely high output NEW patented Ocean White XT-E LED, 2 x "Fiji Blue" XT-E LEDS (deep blue), and 4 x NEW "patent pending" NP full spectrum Blue ("Nature Perfect" from Osram Oslon) LED emitters
These are on two different channels and so the daylight can be controlled separately from the NP Blue emitters (with the use of a controller or unplugging one lead).
Unique individually focused/lensed emitters for MORE DEPTH penetration
The overall color balance of the "Reef White Ultima" when full on replaces a 20,000K Light (this also replaces the 1000 Optima models).
It is ideal for a deeper penetrating light in a marine reef aquarium up to 30 inches in specimen placement
Very compact 8" x 8" x 2" (20 x 20 x 5 cm) with a weight of 5 lbs (1.4 kg) and is easily suspended over an aquarium or mounted in canopy
Uses the newest generation patented XT-E emitter by Cree (NOT an off the shelf XT-E emitter) as well as patent pending Osram Oslon NP emitters, with the first unique "FULL SPECTRUM" blue emitter specifically designed for photosynthetic marine life!
18 x 18 inch usable light spread or 12 x 12 intense light spread; an excellent compliment to #600 & #1500 LEDs for more depth penetration. Not the best choice where more light spread is needed or tanks under 15" (consider the Ultima 600s or Ocean Blue 1500)
PAR 380 uEinsteins/sec/m2 @15 inches, making this the HIGHEST output Aquarium LED for PAR and more important PUR on a watt per watt of energy consumed comparison (twice as efficient as the Radion Pro, and 4 times that of many such as the TaoTronics & Evergrow)
The Reef-White Ultima 2000 IS THE PREMIER REEF LED for PUR light output per watt of energy used, despite the non-scientific hype coming from some forums and compares to up to a 250 Watt Metal Halide in useful light energy; see Aquarium Lighting Facts & Information
Ultima 1500; AquaBeam Ocean Light NP, GroBeam, & Colour Plus
Very compact 8" x 8" x 2" (20 x 20 x 5 cm)
Weight is just under 5 lbs (1.4 kg) and is easily suspended over an aquarium
24 x 24 inch light spread with an emitter beam angle of 120° (with fixture at 6+ inches above tank)
*30 Watt Ocean Blue NP Ultima 1500- $259.99
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The "Ocean Blue NP Ultima" is an over all wide angle 20K Reef Aquarium Light which consists of 4 x 10,000K extremely high output NEW patented Ocean White XT-E LED, 2 x "Fiji Blue" XT-E LEDS (deep blue), and 4 x NEW "patent pending" NP full spectrum Blue ("Nature Perfect" from Osram Oslon) LED emitters
These are on two different channels and so the daylight can be controlled separately from the actinics (with the use of a controller).
The overall color balance of the "Ocean Blue Ultima" when full on replaces a 20,000K Light.
It is ideal for a wide angle light in a marine reef aquarium and perfect as the sole lighting for a 30 gallon or less nano reef (not recommended for freshwater aquariums)
Uses the newest generation patented XT-E emitter by Cree (NOT an off the shelf XT-E emitter) as well as patent pending Osram Oslon NP emitters, with the first unique "full spectrum" blue emitter specifically designed for photosynthetic marine life!
Best used for tanks under 20 inches of depth and where more light spread is needed
24 x 24 inch usable light spread or 16 x 16 strong light spread; Two of these Ocean Light Ultima LEDs can easily light a 48 inch by 18 inch marine aquarium (2 Marine Blue 600s could be added for an advanced reef tank of this size)
*30 Watt GroBeam Ultima 1500- $236.99
GroBeam Ultima High Light Planted Aquarium Capable LED- $219.99 Only until July 8 (Third "Specials" Cart)
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The "GroBeam XB-D Ultima" is an over all wide angle 65K Freshwater Aquarium Light for "High Light" Planted or simply "Fish Only" Aquariums (for those who desire the most natural light for their fish' health)
Consists of 10 x 6,500K extremely high output NEW patented Natural Daylight XB-D LED emitters
For "High Light" Planted Aquariums, best results achieved under 25 inches of depth (the Marine White can be supplemented 1 to 2 for deeper planted aquariums)
2058 Lumens, PAR 148 uEinsteins/sec/m2 @16 inches
30 watt Colour Plus 1500- $239.99
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Uses 4 Daylight Cree XP-G; and 2 green, 2 red, and 2 blue Cree XP-E Power LED emitters (the 1500 is the same)
High intensity XG Daylight along with bright colored XG emitters make aquariums "Pop" with color
A supplement/compliment to bring out fish, coral, plant colors when used with other AquaRay LEDs for 'high-light' need planted or reef aquariums.
An EXCELLENT compliment to the GroBeam, Ocean Blue, and Reef White LEDs (similar to the EcoTech Radion in color, ONLY WITH about 25% less blue & higher K patented daylight emitters)
If used as the ONLY Lighting; Intended for Fish only, medium light requiring planted freshwater, FOWLR saltwater, or basic reef aquariums.
24 x 24 inch light spread;
Mini LED 500 & 400
Both Mini 400 & 500 INCLUDE mounting brackets for "in hood", canopy mounting, or similar. As well these can suspended or simply placed above an aquarium.
15 watt Mini LED 500- $127.99
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Four x focused/lensed CRee PATENTED XP-E 10,000K and one unlensed "465nm Blue" CRee XP-E.
The White LEDs can be MANUALLY switched off for "moonlight" mode.
Ideal for Nano Tanks under 15 gal. OR even as part of an array of lights for a larger tank
An excellent LED to mix with Ultima 1500s AND 2000 Ultimas, providing more depth penetration than the 1500 or 600s, but not as much as the 2000!!
Dimensions; 5.5"L x 5.5" W x 1.25" H
12 x 12 inch light spread (depending upon distance from aquarium surface)
Fully compatible with all AquaRay controllers and the new unique MountaRay Tank Bracket (sold separately for $29.99)
12 watt Mini LED 400- $107.99
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For Nano Freshwater Planted Aquariums (or multiples on larger tanks)
Dimensions; 5.5"L x 5.5" W x 1.25" H
15 x 15" light spread
Uses 4 OSRAM OSLON SSL High Power 6500K LED Emitters
Can be mounted using the new unique MountaRay Tank Bracket (sold separately HERE)
Please note that the MountaRay Single is ONLY intended for the Mini 400 or 500, not the 1500, or 2000 tiles
Mini 400 LED Video
Two Channel Dimming control
Simple User Interface
Easy to create (& vary the time) Sunrise, Sunset, Daylight, & moonlight phases.
Compact Design for easy mounting
Compatible with all TMC AquaRay LED Products
ALL TMC Controllers operate via pulse width modulation (PWM).
This is important as PWM is effectively turning the LEDs on and off very quickly (faster than the eye can see) so there is no change to the spectral output or wasted heat energy as opposed to using current reduction used by many competing brands of LED controllers.
2 Year Warranty
Controllers are NOT required for operation of ANY AquaRay LED, only for the many added unique features these add.
See our "Downloads Page" for a PDF download of instructions for all of the TMC LED controllers for further information.
SEE OUR AQUARAY CONTROLLER DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS;
AquaRay Multi Controller Video Tutorial
NEW! AquaRay Lighting Smart Controller 8 Video
AquaRay Lighting Standard Controller- $149.99
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Can control up to 1-2 light fixtures per controller (two 400, 500, 600s or one 1000/1500/2000)
Suggested cost saving use for larger aquariums would be to use this versatile controller for 1-2 TMC LED Lights for slow dimming/starting and moonlight while all other LEDs can be plugged into a common timer for instant on/off in between the time envelope of the lights utilizing this TMC controller
*AquaRay Lighting Multi-Controller with Storm Feature- $298.99
Discontinued in favor of new Smart Controller 8
Uses a #2032 disc battery. If your Controller has this feature and ceases correct function after 18-24 months, likely this battery needs to be changed.
*NEW AquaRay Lighting Smart Controller 8- $399.99
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8 output dimming control with 4 independently timed channels
Built in storm, cloud and TRUE lunar moon phase (Reference: Aquarium Lighting; Moon Light
Light level sensor to check your lights when away from home
Can accept a 1-10V signal from another device such as an aquarium computer (separate cable needed)
Temperature probe to monitor the temperature of your aquarium or lights
This controller can run (8) model 400, 500, 600 AquRay LEDs or (4) DUO, 1000, 1500, 2000 LEDs
Eliminates the need for power supply that originally is supplied with AquaRay LED Lights, this results in only one plug/outlet per up to EIGHT fixtures!
Includes 8 Female USB Adapters to fit older model AquaRays as well
We provide FULL customer service warranty replacement (2 years) for this controller, BEWARE of a parasite seller that does not offer ANY returns selling on eBay; where will you be if your investment requires warranty replacement?
400, 500, 600, 1500, 2000 Mounting Examples
Please note that these are just a few of the MANY possible mounting options with the many screws, nuts, brackets, etc. PROVIDED WITH your AquaRay purchase.
These brackets work well for the most common mounting method:
Simple retrofit into an existing Aquarium Hood or Canopy!
The picture to the far left display a simple method of placement of an AquaRay Strip over an aquarium.
Use of a spacer to provide a minimum of 2-3" space above the aquarium is strongly suggested, including if placed on a glass top.
The 2nd picture to the left shows how to cut one of the mounting brackets so as to mount 600s end to end or slightly diagonally staggered if space is at a premium where multiple lights are installed in a shorter length space.
AquaRay Fixtures easily mount in a canopy/hood, can hung by wires over an open aquarium (either suspended from ceiling, plant hanger hook, or similar), or be placed on "DIY rails" over an aquarium.
*We recommend at least 2-6 inches clearance with closed aquarium (with lid) or up to 12 inches for an open aquarium for best results
*We now also sell the MountaRay & Rails Systems (see below)
For MUCH more as to mounting of your AquaRay LED Aquarium Lights as well as to PURCHASE Optional AquaRay Modular Mounting System parts such as Rails and MountaRays,
Please visit this NEW webpage:
TMC AQUARAY MODULAR LED MOUNTING SYSTEMS (Also Set Up Examples)
*For LED Lighting Suggestions, Please see the left side bar
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*AquaRay Power Supply; Single - $22.99
*AquaRay Power Supply; Double - $44.99
The Double & Single are a NEW USB Model AND requires the male USB adapter to fit to a pre 2013 model
Output Voltage 19.5 DC per side
*Standard Power Controller Transformer- $39.99
*Multi-Controller Transformer- $95.99
*Male USB Adapter- $3.69
*Female USB Adapter- $5.69
Male USB adapter is required to fit new power supply to older LED
While the female adapter is required for a new (2013+) LED to fit the controllers
(these parts are supplied with ALL 2013+ LED fixture)
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The power supply & transformer IS included with all TMC LEDs, Controllers & is only sold here for persons desiring back up, DIY, replacement, or for warranty
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Why Purchase from American Aquarium Products
We provide more information and have more customer service experience than ANY seller of TMC AquaRay LED Lights in North America.
Why take our information then purchase elsewhere, often at higher prices (including in Canada where after exchange rates we are less expensive), with sellers with much lower product knowledge???
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For THE premier source for Aquarium Light Information:
AQUARIUM LIGHTING; Facts & Information
The above article is a MUST READ for any SERIOUS Aquarium Keeper who wants the most complete & researched aquarium lighting information;
For OPTIONAL AquaRay Modular Aquarium LED Mounting Systems & Set Up Examples;
TMC AquaRay Modular LED Mounting Systems
For the next generation in HO micro compact lighting:
T2 Next Generation Sub Miniature Aquarium Lights
Superior output to CFL & even T5 for the energy used
High Output CFL Aquarium Lights:
SHO Aquarium & Hydroponics Lights
The SHO, used in Greenhouse applications with PROVEN results for plant growing applications.
Aquarium LED Lights Page 2
Besides the BEST ultra premium TMC GroBeam and AquaBeam LEDS, we sell these:
* EXCELLENT; The iLumenAir/ZetLight (a full feature LED similar to the EcoTech and made by the same manufacturer as Maxspect)
* VERY GOOD; TMC AquaBar (An economy version of the GroBeam that is better than most other LEDs for planted aquariums)
* GOOD; PAR 38 (a simple "screw in" LED)
* GOOD; Flexi Red & Blue (for accenting)
Balling Method for Professional Reef Chemistry Maintenance
This is the superior method of reef aquarium chemistry maintenance, popular in Europe, now available online in the USA!
LED LIGHTS FEEDBACK
LED LIGHTING SUGGESTIONS
AquaRay 2013 Aquarium Lighting Guide Booklet
, specimen or plant placement is key, for instance a generalized recommendation for 40 gallon planted tank would be (2) GroBeam 600s (24 watts total).
HOWEVER with just one 12 watt LED Strip, one can still grow even high light plants well if placed directly under the lighting as per an employee here with just 1 GroBeam on his 40 gal. aquarium.
See this picture link:
40 Gallon Planted, 1 GroBeam
This goes for delicate reef corals also placed at depths between 2-24" from the surface.
Second as per LED lighting
, these LED lights (along with T2s) are so compact, that it is easy to add more light strips at a later time into your hood/canopy; so even if you are unsure of the number of strips you will need or your budget is "tight", you can always add more later if your lighting requirements are not met.
Third; "Watts Per Gallon?
The commonly used formula is very outdated for comparing different light types, however such a formula can still be used once figured for a SPECIFIC light system.
The formula below is for high end emitters used by TMC AquaRays in tanks under 30 inches in depth. This "Watts Per Gallon" formula is ONLY
for Aqua Ray LEDs, NOT other LEDs:
*For Freshwater Fish only, .2 to .3 watt per gallon
*For low to medium light planted freshwater aquarium or for saltwater fish only; .3 to .4 watt per gallon (or for Marine Fish Only).
*For a high light planted freshwater aquarium .6 per gallon are required or for Reef "Softies"
*For a SPS/LPS Reef Tank .8 per gallon generally works, in a tank under 20 inches.
However at 20" and above you will need to use more or at least a blend of focused lighting (such as the NP 2000), so this formula may need to increase to as high as 1.5 wpg in deeper tanks or Acropora.
For those on a budget, consider our economy AquaBar LED light strips
which although not to the level of the AquaRay GroBeam & AquaBeams, these are still an excellent choice when compared to the low quality LEDs sold at discounters for nearly the same price.
* For Nano Aquariums, Fresh or Saltwater (under 15 gallons)
one Mini 500 for all but the most delicate reef inhabitants or one Mini 400 for ANY high light planted aquarium.
* Small Aquariums (under 20 gal.)
, often one GroBeam or AquaBeam 600 LED
For planted FW or Reef needing more light consider 2, or complimenting an LED with a New Generation T2 Light Fixture.
You could also add a second AquaBeam 600 or GroBeam 600.
The AquaRay Mini 400 or 500 are good choices and in fact the Mini 500 has excellent focused emitters (not as much as the 2000), that lend to more depth penetration where as 2 would work well in a 20-30 gal. reef aquarium.
Consider an AquaBeam 2000 or GroBeam 1500 for a deeper Hex tank such as a 30 gallon for more light in a smaller tank "foot print".
One "Ocean Blue NP Ultima" or Two "Reef White 600"
would provide excellent lighting for a 29 gal/ Bio Cube reef tank.
* For Medium Aquariums (such as a 60 gallon),
generally two AquaRay 600 LEDs will work well for fish or medium light plants, however
with higher light needs (sps corals, high light FW plants, etc.) consider 4 LED Strips (mixing LED types may be advisable too such as Reef White & Marine Blue for Reef Tanks).
Two Ocean Blue NP Ultima
would also be a good choice for a standard 60 or 75 gallon.
Two of the GroBeam 1500s
can also be employed in planted 75 gallon tanks
* For larger aquariums
, consider combinations of different Aqua Ray LED Lights, such as (2) Natural Daylight (GroBeam) 1500
+ (2) GroBeam 600s for a 125 gallon planted freshwater tank.
Consider adding T2s, T5s to increase lighting & compliment the LED for high light need aquariums.
For deeper tank 'high light' planted FW penetration over 24 inches
, the marine white 600
or can be used in a 1 to 2 (1 Marine White to 2 GroBeams) for deep planted aquariums.
For Marine/Reef Aquariums, the depth of your specimen placement determines more than the depth of your aquarium; in other words a SPS coral kept at 6" under the surface in a 30" deep aquarium does not require as much depth penetrating light energy as this same coral at 12" in an 18" deep aquarium.
As a generalization the Reef White (600 & 2000) has the widest application spread for marine aquariums (in particular reef tanks).
For yet more depth the Reef White combined with the Marine Blue might be a good combination choice.
Please note that this is a generalization, that does not consider other lights you might already have, (such as 10,000K T5s which might require the all blue Reef or Fiji Blue LED as a compliment).
* Also consider the use of the 2000 LED Reef White for tanks with extremely high focused light needs (for 'light sensitive specimens'), due to the type of focused emitter and sheer volume of HO emitters in a smaller footprint (this is still TMC most intense fixture for reef use).
For tanks 22-30" in depth, the use of 1 Reef White 2000 to 1 Ocean Blue NP Ultima can be employed (with specimen placement relative to overhead light).
The Mini 500 with more focused emitters then the 1500 but less than the 2000 could be used to balance out light spread with depth
* (Advanced Reef); First keep in mind that Acropora are best placed at the top of your reef regardless of light used, not on the bottom. This is also where you highest water turbulence should be too.
An example of a 48"L x 15"w x 25"H aquarium (about 80 gal) would utilize (2)Reef White NP 2000 along with either (2) Reef White/Marine Blue 600 or for a more depth penetration but less light spread, (2) Mini 500s could be added to the 2000s.
As an example, a 125 gallon (6' tank) set up as a advanced Reef tank, you may want to consider a combination of (4) AquaBeam 2000 for light "hot spots" along with (3) 600 Ultimas.
Freshwater (Amazon Basin, "High Light" Planted Freshwater);
The one difference I would note between the Reef & a High Light Planted Aquarium is if you are duplicating an Amazon River environment (Angels, Discus, Tetras, etc.) to consider that this habitat has many shaded areas and many Amazon fish prefer tanks that duplicate this.
Depth penetration is not quite as much an issue with freshwater aquariums, especially for freshwater tanks containing fish & plants from normally turbid or high tannin water.
The picture above shows a 45 gallon cube planted FW aquarium with two TMC GroBeam 600 LEDs.
To save on costs; use a household timer along with a TMC Controller (PWM capable ) to dim off/on or use as a moon light, especially in larger aquariums where multiple TMC LED lights are utilized.
Consider running 25-50% of the lights off of this programmable controller and placing the rest on separate basic controllers that can be purchased anywhere to turn on/off the remainder of the LED lights (such as ½ to one hour after dimming on or ½ to one hour prior to dimming off).
By doing this you can save on costs, while still maintaining the PWM technology for all TMC LED lights.
*If a household timer is used, make sure to use ONLY a grounded (3 prong) timer
Make sure (as with ANY LED light fixture) to provide both cross ventilation, not just a cut out in the back of a canopy (as should be done with ANY LED lighting system) & to wipe your fixture regularly to prevent moisture/humidity damage to circuitry that controls the emitters.
These units work for outlets between 100-240 Volts. All come with a standard American plug. In order to use these with a non American outlet you will need to purchase an adaptor or different cord. We DO NOT sell these items.
Here are images of the plugs. The 3 prong is for all 1000s, 1500s, and duos. The 2 prong is for the 500/600s. The 2nd picture shows the AquaRay Power supply Female Electrical Receptacle