Aquarium Lighting

At Romsey World of Water we have a great range of aquarium lighting with something to suit all set-ups and budgets. We have chosen our aquarium lighting from the Aqua One, Arcadia, Biorb, Kessil, Onyx, TMC, Eheim, Fluval, Juwel and Superfish collections. You will discover all of the latest innovations in aquarium lighting technology and design at Romsey World of Water. Aquarium lighting can be a complex subject and so new hobbyists may find the range of options confusing! Our expert team at Romsey World of Water are always on hand to help if you need further guidance in choosing the perfect lighting for your aquarium.

It is important to choose the right lighting for your aquarium. The right lighting will create a spectacular look but its importance doesn't stop with aesthetics, it is also essential for plant growth. Fish tanks featuring corals require a specific set-up. There are several types of lighting available and your choice will depend on the specimens in your tank, the size of your tank and the depth of the water. Various species will require different lighting conditions and so you should research your chosen fish, plants and corals and consider the specifics of your tank to establish the correct level of lighting. Fish are not as reliant on light as plants and corals but can be affected by heat issues that can be caused by lighting.

Fluorescent Lighting

Standard fluorescent lights can be used with fresh or saltwater aquariums to provide adequate light for fish together with corals and plants which have a low reliance on light. VHO Fluorescent bulbs produce three times more light than standard fluorescent bulbs. T-5 Fluorescent bulbs produce twice as much light as standard T8 bulbs, create less heat and are compact. Compact fluorescent lighting systems have twin tube designs for greater intensity and provide low heat output from a compact unit. You will need to establish how many watts per gallon you require for your set-up in order to make your choice.

LED Lighting

LED lighting is a fabulous option for hobbyists. LEDs project no heat into the water even when hung directly above it. The bulbs last for up to 50,000 hours and the units are easy to mount. LEDs produce less green and yellow light and so they look less bright. Instead they emit light in a specific direction meaning that light is targeted where you need it thus minimising energy usage. Because LED units feature semiconductor technology and complex circuitry, this type of lighting is more costly at the outset. However, this cost will be offset by the long life of the bulbs and the energy savings made during the life of the unit.