Orphek (an Advanced Aquarist sponsor) announced yesterday the introduction of a new T8 form-factor LED tube that, with the provided adapter, will fit into a standard T5 fixture. These new bulbs will be available in 24, 36, and 48″ lengths and no additional power source will be required – the LED tubes will run off of the T5 fixture. The new bulbs are reported to produce 500 lumens per foot, which is ~ 100 more lumens per foot compared to a standard fluorescent bulb.
One additional feature is that these bulbs will be shipping with Orphek’s new UV/True Violet diode:
The new bulbs will be available from Orphek dealers later this month.
For those interested in getting into the LED arena without any hassle, these would be worth looking into further. Advanced Aquarist encourages checking with our Sponsors for availability.