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    Aqua Light Couples Fiber Optics with LED Aquarium Lights

    German based Aqua Light has included a ‘fiber optic’ bar with its latest Eco Light high intensity LED aquarium light, to allow complete control and directability. This light was revealed to the public at InterZoo 2010, but many questions still remain on the usability of this design. The standard Aqua Light Eco Light LED luminaire [...]

    aqualight led optic interzoo 2010

    German based Aqua Light has included a ‘fiber optic’ bar with its latest Eco Light high intensity LED aquarium light, to allow complete control and directability. This light was revealed to the public at InterZoo 2010, but many questions still remain on the usability of this design.

    The standard Aqua Light Eco Light LED luminaire comes in 50w and 100w versions, in color temperatures ranging from 6.5K to 20K. These past models have not included the interesting optic light bar shown here, but we suspect they share the same LEDs and drivers. Aqua Light has also just released new 3 x 100w Eco Light LED light (that does not utilizes the optic bar).

    aqua light eco led fiber optic

    Early literature indicates the bar can be inserted into the aquarium water or used as a larger narrow optic and combined with mirrors to adjust the placement of the actual fixture. While I’m not certain I’d ever want a bar sticking into my aquarium, I’m pleased to see manufacturers experimenting with optics and LEDs. LEDs have the advantage of being a small point source lighting technology, when harnessed with proper optics we can squeeze even more performance out of them by illuminating only the areas required.

    Hats off to Aqua Light for having something original at InterZoo (we cannot say the same for most), but we’re still a bit skeptical that this design is practical to today’s aquariums. Prove us wrong.

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    • anthonyn

      Im thinking clams on the sandbed here?

    • 1538Moss

      This was the hottest new thing @ Interzoo 2010.
      I saw it with my own eyes, the aqaurim with fiber optics was much more brighter than the other aquarium with the same LED (100W) but without fiberoptics.

    • Nicholas Sadaka

      I have to admit that while excited about LED's emergence into the trade, I'm still very much confused as to which fixtures will support high light loving creatures. It seems that some are made almost simply for aesthetics and others to support high light creatures, but I'm very unsure of which ones. Any chance at some point there will be something to clarify for those of us that aren't familiar with the more technical terminology? That would be fantastic.

    • Hirez

      I think the same can be achieved with a acrylic lens, or putting the lights closer to the tank. Its basically a closer, more focused light…
      or did i miss something???

      To have a HIDDEN led lamp behind the aquarium with fiberoptics which are bendeable and able to be directed would have its purpose as you could target specific areas and decide where you want the spotlight, and you would not need to have any lamp above the tank… now THAT is being implemented at special events… but youll probably see it in a few years or so… for now we are stuck with expensive led, but once it comes down, the uses will be more varied and hidden.

      I dont see ppl having 5-10 rods pointing at different species…
      would look like a gigangic Water sea urchin..

    • Test

      youre so right!

    • Test

      youre so right!