T5 lighting aquarium fixtures are suited for any kind of tank. However, owners of small tanks often appreciate the compact structure of these lamps, since they save more space compared to regular aquarium lamps. The T in T5 lighting aquarium fixtures stands for the tubular shapes of the lamp, while the 5 refers to the 5/8 tube diameter of the tube which encases the fluorescent light.
Advantages over Standard Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting
These lights are three to four times more powerful than regular fluorescent tank lights of the same wattage. This means that tank owners who want to maximize the spaces in their tanks can use a lesser number of tubes while still getting the same amount of light. T5 lights are also capable of longer hours, so one does not have replace lamps as often as when using regular fluorescent lights.
Advantages over Metal Halide Lamps
The light emitted by T5 lamps is not as sharp as those produced by metal halide bulbs, which tend to beam harsh rays of light directly onto specific areas in the tank. Metal halides are also prone to overheating. Both lighting systems cost about the same, although people who have deeper and larger tanks may prefer metal halides for their better penetrating power.
Top-selling T5 Lighting Aquarium Fixtures
One of the best-selling T5 aquarium lights is the 18 in. Nova Extreme T5 HO Saltwater Aquarium Light Fixture, made specifically for saltwater tanks. This lamp uses energy-efficient LED light that uses 50% less power compared to traditional fluorescent lighting fixtures. It also sports two modes of lighting for daytime and nighttime, the latter using blue LEDs. The lights are capable of up to 17,000 hours of operating time, with lamps enclosed in individual polycarbonate lenses to keep each LED protected and the light beams focused into the tank. The lamps provide a brightness that is ideal for good plant and algae growth. The design is also very sleek, and the bulbs do not overheat at all, unlike conventional fluorescent lamps.
Another favorite is the AquaticLife T5 HO Aquarium Lighting system, which is designed for 24-hour illumination. It comes with timer controls, an adjustable width aquarium frame mount that supports the fixtures above the aquarium and an angled reflector that maximizes light by directing it into the tank. The controls with built-in timers control each lighting type independently to create an automatic lighting cycle for night and day without any interference.
Tank owners also like the Aqualight High Output T5 Dual Lamp Light Fixture, which is designed for coral and plant growth. This system is perfect for large reef tanks since the fixtures, which include 10000K Daylight v, and Actinic Blu Light HO Lamps provide bright lighting that accentuates the vivid coral colors and the lush greens of aquatic plant life. The unit also comes with adjustable legs so that it can be customized to fit the aquarium perfectly.
Hagen Glo is another company that produces exceptional T5 aquarium lighting. A good example is the Hagen Glo T5 HO Aquarium Light System Double 48" which has T5 HO fluorescent bulbs that deliver a powerful and efficient light output in a sleek and modern design of aluminum trim with stainless steel extension brackets. The unit also comes with a highly polished parabolic type of reflector for maximum light reflection and enhanced energy efficiency. The double lighting system is designed to produce the amount of light needed to support reef tanks.
With their compact design and excellent output, T5 lighting aquarium fixtures offer a great alternative to standard fluorescent lights. These fixtures also come with sleeker and modern designs, which add style to any tank. Any conscientious aquarium owner will always want to provide the right lighting system that gives the exact amount of light while showcasing the colors and the textures of his tank. T5 lighting aquarium fixtures may just be the lighting system that can provide them that can of performance.