Cheer up England, you may have just had your worst World Cup exit, as predicted by an Octopus, but on the brighter side of things you you can now replace your old T8s with Arcadia’s Eco-Aqua LED tubes. Okay, maybe that’s not much solace, but you’re crazy is you sack Capello. If he couldn’t do […]
Cheer up England, you may have just had your worst World Cup exit, as predicted by an Octopus, but on the brighter side of things you you can now replace your old T8s with Arcadia’s Eco-Aqua LED tubes. Okay, maybe that’s not much solace, but you’re crazy is you sack Capello. If he couldn’t do it, no one could of… not that Yanks like myself can truly boast our own coaching staff or team.
Back to the lights. The T8 replacement tubes feature LEDs with an integrated heatsink and splash shield, much like IceCap’s LED Moonlight retro. Sizes range from 384 mm @ 9w all the way to 1,147mm @ 32w.
Three color combos are available, Eco Aqua Daylight (>8K), Eco-Aqua Tropical (more red) and Eco-Aqua Marine Blue–which combines deep blue, light blue and violet LEDs to enhance coral colors. The Arcadia Eco Aqua LED tubes are nice drop in LED replacement for FO, FOWLR and Reef Aquariums looking for dawn dusk simulation. However, they are not cheap. The 23w model retails for £120 or $180 USD. I would be surprised if these make there way to the U.S., but our UK readers should be seeing these shortly.
Here’s what Arcardia has to say about them:
Designed from the outset to provide the same spectacular colour rendition as our fluorescent lamps, Eco-Aqua lamps blend multiple coloured LED sources, bringing out the vivid iridescent colours of fish and providing far more natural colour rendering than other LED lamps.
Unlike fluorescent lamps, whose even light distribution can flatten the look of an aquarium, the multiple point sources of the Eco-Aqua lamps create light and shadow giving a dramatic three-dimensional look to the aquarium with far more visual impact.
- Sized to replace T8 fluorescent lamps
- Lamps are sized to fit between existing T8 lamp holders
- Available in six sizes to suit the majority of freshwater and marine aquariums
- Low energy consumption
- Typically 40% of that of a similarly sized T8 lamp and ballast
- Long life span (average of 50,000 hours normal use)
- Contains no mercury
- 2 Year Guarantee
- Supplied with fixing clips suitable for wood, plastic and glass* installation