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Will Ikea leds have effect on plants?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Piotr, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Piotr

    Piotr Prolific Poster

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    Hi,

    I would like to use a led strip from ikea so that i'll be able to look at my tank for a couple of hours after the normal aquarium light shutts off.

    The tank is 30cm/12 inch high, the plants are now at least 20cm/8 inch
    high and the led strip would be attached to my normal lamp at about 10cm/4 inch above the tank.

    Is this possible without consequensis for the plants or without provoking algea?


    This is the led strip that im talking about, in the picture you see 4 of them, i will be using only 1!

    http://www.ikea.com/nl/nl/catalog/products/40192361/
     
  2. dutchy

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    Basically this light would do, but the spectrum is 2700K, which means a red kind of evening sunset idea type of light. This light also is short of blue wavelengths, which plants also need.

    You might want to look at something better with also good prices here:
    https://www.kitelight.nl/categorie/rgb-rgb-eco-led-units-243.html
     
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    I think you misunderstood, i want a light that does nothing in terms of growing the plants, i allready have the ikea light and am wondering if these would be weak enough not to do anything for the plants.

    I want it to be this weak so that i can leave it on for a couple of hours after the regular photoperiod without pusing the non co2 system over its (lighting) limits.
     
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    Ah, ok, sorry :eek:

    In that case: This light is strong enough to keep photosynthesis going.

    If you want more viewing hours, you could make a split daylight period, like 4 hours on, 2 hours off, 4 hours on.
    Minimum lights on period = 4 hours.
     
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    The split daylight method sounds like a good plan, can i just start with this immediately or do i have to make a transition of sorts?

    Just so i know for later: is there also a minimum for the siësta period itself? or a maximum?
     
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    I wouldn't do more than 3 hours.
     
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