There are many solutions available for effective aquarium lighting. The oldest ones were the standard incandescent bulbs that did not really give out appropriate light, much less the natural looking light. Thankfully, we have evolved quite far for such primitive like lighting methods. One of the most exciting contemporary lighting options for your aquarium is halide bulb. A halide bulb gives out a high intensity light for your aquarium. It generates this intense light from the radiation of aquarium molecules in combination with metal halides. Common halides are dysprosium, indium, scandium and sodium.
The light it gives out is so intense that in the Kelvin rating scale, it produces ten thousand K rating. The higher the rating, the cooler the light is and the bluer the light becomes. How does this affect your aquarium? If you have good lighting, the brighter your aquarium looks
, the more natural the light appears and the more vibrant and lively your aquarium environment becomes. While it is easy to place a lot of importance to filters and pumps in terms of overall aquarium health, for your maximum enjoyment of an aquatic environment, nothing beats a really good lighting.
If you are looking for a natural lighting, try the 250Wwatt 10000K Metal Halide Bulb - Ushio, Double Ended from Pet Store
. This is a very powerful bulb and thanks to halide light technology, it truly brings your aquarium to life. So, to say goodbye to dull aquarium lighting, give 250Wwatt 10000K Metal Halide Bulb - Ushio, Double Ended a try today.
250W 10000K METAL HALIDE DOUBLE ENDED BULBUSHIO
The German-Made Ushio double-ended metal halide bulb offers excellent coloration and intensity. The crisp-white color will illuminate your tank nicely. Actinic supplementation may be used to create a bluer look. An electronic
ballast, magnetic pulse-start ballast or magnetic HQI ballast is required to ignite this bulb. It must also be housed inside a pendant
. It cannot be used with simply a reflector in an open application as UV rays emitted by the bulb must first be filtered with a UV-proof lens. An excellent choice for nano-reefs and other reef tanks 22"30" deep. on how the different Kelvin ratings appear and more information on metal halide bulbs.
Common questions/problems concerning metal halide lamps:
- Metal halide lamps of the same kind are different colors?
Metal halide lamps operate by passing an electric arc through an arc tube that excites particles in the arc tube. When the metal particles reach an excited state they emit energy in the form of visible light. It takes 100 hours of operation before the metal particles stabilize and become a consistent color. All metal halides require 100 hours of operation before color and light output stabilize. All metal halides inherently have a slight color variation between individual lamps.
- The metal halide lamp fires and then either burns dull or the arc extinguishes?
Usually the ballast and lamp are not receiving enough power. Metal halides pull a high current. Usually the problem is either there is too great a load on the circuit or the extension cords are of a small wire size and can`t handle the power needed by the ballast. Use only heavy duty extension cords and try running a ballast off a circuit from another part of the house.
- Do I need a cover shield between the lamp and the aquarium?
Metal halide lamps produce a large amount of UV and also have a potential of exploding. The single ended metal halide lamps have an outer jacket which eliminates most of the UV. However, they have an inherent risk of exploding and UL requires metal halide lamps to be enclosed. On double ended lamps there is no UV shield. Double ended lamps must have a glass shield or major eye injuries including blindness may occur.
- Can I operate a ballast and lamp together which are designed for different wattages?
Each wattage lamp and ballast are designed together for optimal performance and safety. If you over drive the lamp it may explode and shorten the life of the ballast and lamps. If you under drive the lamp it will also shorten the life of both components and also may explode. Do not mix different type wattages of lamps and ballasts.
NOTE: Double ended bulbs should always be used with the UV shield (supplied with most pendants). You and your corals can suffer from excess UV radiation otherwise. The bulb should be handled carefully as well since it has no outer glass casing. Using soft gloves is a good idea to keep finger prints off bulb. This is during installation and replacement.
|Bulb Replacement Guide|
|Bulb Types ||Life of Bulb* |
|Normal Output Fluorescent ||6-12 months |
|Very High Output (VHO)
9 month pro-rated warranty
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