MACNA 2016, lighting

LEDs continue to be the theme.  The improvements this year appear to be not in photons, but in the array of mounting options, especially on the tank.

Many reef keepers struggle to mount or hang lights in a way that doesn’t detract from the overall look of the tank.  Help is now on the way in many forms.

ATI T5 bulbs

By request, a review of the relatively new ATI Coral Plus.

To our eyes, a pleasing  pinkish / purple cast.  Brings out more shades of coralline color.

No dramatic difference in coral colors that we can see.

Lighting — The Debate Rages On

The subject of lighting a reef tank seems to start a debate that never ends …

The issue at hand: Most fixtures are “bluish”, with a mixture of whites to blues, 1:1, 1:2, 1:3. Would you prefer a fixture with a wider range of color chips such as red, green, and orange?

Manufacturers are slowly releasing models with more colors.