A field test compared how the CoralCare unit performed as a light source for marine aquaria, and particularly for corals, with how traditional T5 luminaires performed. Researchers divided an aquarium into two sections using a PVC separator (to prevent crossover effects). On one side of the separator, they placed two 190W CoralCare units above a 490L aquarium (200 x 70 x 35 cm in size). On the other side, they placed two T5 reference luminaires (ATI Sunpower, 6x54W, both of them dimmable).
They evaluated the performances of the light sources by measuring the specific growth rate of each coral species, as well as by subjective photographic analysis of their morphology and color over a six-month period. They found that Philips CoralCare LED unit delivers results that compare extremely well to those of conventional T5 technology—yet at 30 percent higher wall-plug efficiency. Long-term use by aquarists is likely to substantiate the report’s results in terms of coral health, coloration, morphology and growth rates.
In conclusion, the CoralCare unit is the first LED-based product that rivals T5 lighting, the current market standard. What’s more, it provides similar results much more efficiently. The CoralCare LED unit also represents a significant step forward in terms of technology and controllability.
LED lighting has transformed how we light our city streets and our work and living spaces. Now it’s also improving lighting in more specialized fields of endeavor—such as the art of keeping a healthy, vibrantly beautiful marine aquarium.
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