Choosing the right light fixture for your aquarium can be overwhelming. With all the choices available, it is often hard to know which would work best for your setup. Use this handy selection guide to help you navigate the options and determine the best fixture for your aquarium.
(NO) FLUORESCENT FIXTURES- standard or normal output (NO); low operating cost and heat emission; wide variety of lamps with color temperatures ideal for both freshwater and marine applications
T-5 FLUORESCENT FIXTURES- use bulbs that produce light almost twice as bright as standard fluorescent fixtures. Takes up less space than other high output fixtures; a smart space-saving choice when bright light is required in a limited space
COMPACT FLUORESCENT FIXTURES- employ dual or quad tube lamps to emit significantly more light from a single lamp; easily does the job of two standard fluorescent fixtures; less expensive to purchase, operate, and maintain compared to HO fixtures
METAL HALIDE FIXTURES- high intensity discharge (HID); provide intense illumination capable of providing several hundred watts of light, excellent for aquariums deeper than 24"; bulbs create shimmering effect to provide a more natural lighted appearance in your aquarium
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