Aquarium lighting market - types and parameters to compare

What summary of the fluorescent light bulbs can be found here?

This complements the information about the aquarium light located under this link Aquarium light in the main menu. Reading that article about aquarium lighting should help you to understand the parameters listed in the table (6500K, spectrum, etc.). Will also help to understand which parts of the spectrum are most important. This will help with the final selection of the suitable fluorescent light bulb for your aquarium.

1. Fluorescent light bulbs type T8

The following list of prices, sizes, power and spectra of individual tubes has been created to show you what is available on the market. I hope that will help you to choose fluorescent light bulb.

T8 type - guide prices from 5-11-2011
Make and typeLengthSpectrum
29cm (11,6")36cm (15")44cm (18")59cm (24")74cm (30")90cm (36")105cm (42")120cm (48")150cm (60")
Juwel Warm-Lite 2900K--15W
($7)
18W
($8)
25W
($10)
30W
($10)
38W
($12)
36W
($12)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Warm-Lite
Juwel Day-Lite 6500K--15W
($7)
18W
($8)
25W
($10)
30W
($10)
38W
($12)
36W
($12)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Day-Lite
Juwel Colour-Lite 6800K--15W
($7)
18W
($8)
25W
($10)
30W
($10)
38W
($12)
36W
($12)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Colour-Lite
Hagen Flora-Glo 2800K--15W
($16)
20W
($17)
-30W
($20)
40W
($23)
40W
($25)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Flora-Glo
Hagen Sun Glo 4200K8W
($10)
14W
($11)
15W
($11)
20W
($12)
25W
($12)
30W
($13)
40W
($14)
40W
($15)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Sun Glo
Hagen Life Glo 6700K--15W
($16)
20W
($17)
25W
($25)
30W
($29)
40W
($33)
40W
($34)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Life Glo
Hagen Power Glo 18000K8W
($14)
14W
($14)
15W
($15)
20W
($16)
25W
($17)
30W
($19)
40W
($23)
40W
($23)
65W
($46)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Power Glo
Hagen Aqua Glo 18000K8W
($13)
14W
($11)
15W
($12)
20W
($13)
25W
($14)
30W
($15)
40W
($17)
40W
($17)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aqua Glo
Hagen Marine-Glo (marine)--15W
($17)
20W
($18)
25W
($21)
30W
($22)
40W
($25)
40W
($26)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Marine-Glo
Sera Tropic Sun 4700K--15W
($19)
18W
($19)
25W
($22)
30W
($22)
38W
($24)
36W
($23)
58W
($19)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Tropic Sun
Sera Plant Color 4900K--15W
($14)
18W
($15)
25W
($17)
30W
($16)
38W
($18)
36W
($18)
58W
($19)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Plant Color
Sera Daylight Brilliant 6000K--15W
($12)
18W
($14)
25W
($16)
30W
($16)
38W
($17)
36W
($16)
58W
($19)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Daylight Brilliant
Sera Blue Sky 12000K--15W
($14)
18W
($16)
25W
($18)
30W
($18)
38W
($19)
36W
($18)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Blue Sky
Sylvania Daylightstar 5000K--15W
($18)
18W
($19)
25W
($22)
30W
($22)
-36W
($27)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Daylightstar
Sylvania Grolux 8500K-14W
($9)
15W
($10)
18W
($10)
25W
($12)
30W
($12)
38W
($13)
36W
($12)
58W
($15)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Grolux
Sylvania Aquastar 10000K-14W
($9)
15W
($10)
18W
($10)
25W
($12)
30W
($12)
38W
($13)
36W
($12)
58W
($15)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aquastar
Make and type29cm (11,6")36cm (15")44cm (18")59cm (24")74cm (30")90cm (36")105cm (42")120cm (48")150cm (60")Spectrum
Philips Master 840 4000K-14W
($10)
15W
($10)
18W
($5)
25W
($10)
30W
($9)
38W
($10)
36W
($6)
58W
($7)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Master 840
Philips De LUX PRO 950 5200K---18W
($8)
---36W
($8)
58W
($10)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb De LUX PRO 950
Philips Aquasky 965 6500K--15W
($7)
-25W
($15)
30W
($16)
-36W
($17)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aquasky
Philips Master 865 6500K---18W
($4)
-30W
($7)
-36W
($5)
58W
($7)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Master 865
Philips De LUX PRO 965 6500K-------36W
($8)
58W
($10)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb De LUX PRO 965
Philips Graphica 965 6500K RA=98---18W
($11)
---36W
($13)
58W
($14)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Graphica
Philips ActiViva Natural 8000K---18W
($9)
---36W
($11)
58W
($13)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb ActiViva Natural
Philips Aquarelle 10000K-14W
($10)
15W
($9)
18W
($9)
25W
($11)
30W
($12)
38W
($14)
36W
($14)
58W
($15)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aquarelle
Philips ActiViva Active 17000K---18W
($12)
---36W
($13)
58W
($16)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb ActiViva Active
Narva Oceanic light 5000K--15W
($8)
18W
($8)
25W
($9)
30W
($10)
38W
($10)
36W
($10)
58W
($16)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Oceanic light
Narva Oceanic Star 6000K--15W
($8)
18W
($8)
25W
($9)
30W
($10)
38W
($10)
36W
($10)
58W
($16)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Oceanic Star
Narva Oceanic flora 8000K--15W
($9)
18W
($9)
25W
($10)
30W
($11)
38W
($10)
36W
($10)
58W
($17)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Oceanic flora
Polamp LF 827 2700K---18W
($2)
---36W
($2)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb LF  827
Polamp LF 842 4000K---18W
($2)
---36W
($2)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb LF 842
Polamp LF 865 6500K---18W
($2)
---36W
($2)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb LF 865
Make and type29cm (11,6")36cm (15")44cm (18")59cm (24")74cm (30")90cm (36")105cm (42")120cm (48")150cm (60")Spectrum

For T8 type fluorescent lamps you may use a special electronic stabilizers, the price ranges for 1x15W ($15), 2x36W ($29) and 4x18W ($33). Electronic stabilizers eliminates blinking effect of the fluorescent tubes and saves energy.

2. Fluorescent light bulbs type T5

T5 type - guide prices from 5-11-2011
Make and typeLengthSpectrum
30cm (12")55cm (22")85cm (34")115cm (46")145cm (58")
Aqua Medic Plant Grow 8000K-24W
($14)
39W
($16)
54W
($17)
80W
($20)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Plant Grow
Aqua Medic Reef White 10000K-24W
($14)
39W
($16)
54W
($17)
80W
($20)
Spectrum of 
the light for Light bulb Reef White
Aqua Medic Reef White 15000K-24W
($17)
39W
($18)
54W
($19)
80W
($23)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Reef White
Aqua Medic Reef Blue (marine)-24W
($14)
39W
($16)
54W
($17)
80W
($20)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Reef Blue
Hagen Sun Glo 4200K8W
($8)
----Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Sun Glo
Hagen Life Glo 6700K-24W
($20)
39W
($23)
54W
($26)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Life Glo
Hagen Power Glo 18000K8W
($13)
24W
($20)
39W
($23)
54W
($27)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Power Glo
Hagen Aqua Glo 18000K8W
($9)
----Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aqua Glo
Hagen Marine-Glo (marine)-24W
($20)
39W
($23)
54W
($27)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Marine-Glo
Narva Biovital 955 5800K-24W
($16)
39W
($16)
54W
($16)
80W
($18)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Biovital
Narva DayLight 865 6500K-24W
($8)
39W
($8)
54W
($8)
80W
($8)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb DayLight
Narva Nature Superb 8000K-24W
($16)
39W
($16)
54W
($17)
80W
($20)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Nature Superb
Sylvania Grolux 8500K8W
($6)
24W
($12)
39W
($14)
54W
($16)
80W
($19)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Grolux
Sylvania Aquastar 10000K-24W
($11)
39W
($13)
54W
($15)
80W
($19)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aquastar
Sylvania Coralstar (marine)-24W
($12)
39W
($14)
54W
($16)
80W
($19)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Coralstar
Philips Aquarelle 10000K8W
($7)
24W
($21)
39W
($22)
54W
($24)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aquarelle
Philips ActiViva Natural 8000K-24W
($15)
-54W
($17)
49W
($17)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb ActiViva Natural
Philips ActiViva Active 17000K-24W
($20)
-54W
($23)
49W
($21)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb ActiViva Active
Philips Master 840 4000K-24W
($10)
39W
($10)
54W
($10)
80W
($11)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Master 840
Philips Master 865 6500K-24W
($10)
39W
($10)
54W
($10)
80W
($11)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Master 865
Philips De Lux Pro 950 5200K-24W
($15)
-54W
($15)
49W
($15)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb De Lux Pro
Philips De Lux Pro 965 6500K-24W
($15)
-54W
($15)
49W
($15)
Spectrum of the light for Light bulb De Lux Pro 965
Make and type30cm (12")55cm (22")85cm (34")115cm (46")145cm (58")Spectrum

For T5 type fluorescent lamps you will need to use a special electronic stabilizers, the price ranges for a single fluorescent light bulb approximately $26 for two tubes about $29, and for three of about $33. Electronic stabilizers eliminates blinking effect of the fluorescent tubes and saves energy.

3. Fluorescent light bulbs type T5 with lenght like type T8

T5 type with lenght like T8 type - guide prices from 5-11-2011
Make and typeLengthSpectrum
29cm (11,6")36cm (15")44cm (18")59cm (24")74cm (30")90cm (36")105cm (42")120cm (48")150cm (60")
Juwel High-Lite Colour 6800K--24W
($14)
28W
($15)
35W
($17)
45W
($17)
54W
($19)
54W
($21)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb High-Lite Colour
Juwel High-Lite Day 9000K--24W
($14)
28W
($15)
35W
($17)
45W
($17)
54W
($19)
54W
($21)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb High-Lite Day
Juwel High-Lite Marine 15000K--24W
($14)
28W
($15)
35W
($17)
45W
($17)
54W
($19)
54W
($21)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb High-Lite Marine
Juwel High-Lite Blue 20000K--24W
($14)
28W
($15)
35W
($17)
45W
($17)
54W
($19)
54W
($21)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb High-Lite Blue
Sylvania Grolux 8500K--24W
($15)
28W
($16)
35W
($18)
45W
($19)
54W
($21)
54W
($22)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Grolux
Sylvania Aquastar 10000K--24W
($15)
28W
($16)
35W
($18)
45W
($19)
54W
($21)
54W
($22)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Aquastar
Sera Plant Color 4900K--24W
($21)
28W
($18)
35W
($21)
45W
($26)
54W
($27)
54W
($28)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Plant Color
Sera Blue Sky 12000K--24W
($26)
28W
($22)
35W
($24)
45W
($27)
54W
($28)
54W
($29)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Blue Sky
Sera Daylight /images/oswietlenie/sera_plant_color_widmo_mini.jpg58WBrilliant 6000K--24W
($21)
28W
($23)
35W
($24)
45W
($26)
54W
($27)
54W
($28)
-Spectrum of the light for Light bulb Daylight Brilliant
Make and type29cm (11,6")36cm (15")44cm (18")59cm (24")74cm (30")90cm (36")105cm (42")120cm (48")150cm (60")Spectrum

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