The HYBRID light concept
Light supply tailor-made for corals
Already back in 2006 the ultimate goal of the development of our hybrid technology, in combination with LED technology, was to create an optimal light supply for corals.
Many LED fixtures still these days use strongly focusing lenses, in order to try to achieve high light intensities (PAR). However, in most cases the corals cannot even harvest this light since it is too strongly focused and only impacts the surface – thereby creating an intrinsic coral shade.
However, by combining T-5 lamps with the special design of the emission angle, a homogeneous illumination of the corals, even from the sides, can be achieved. This results in a significantly improved light and energy supply for the corals and a correspondingly increased proliferation of the species.
- T-5 technology with 4 lamps for homogeneous and intensive coral illumination from all sides
- Strong and natural coral growth since also typically shaded regions are supplied with light
- The increased light spectrum and the homogeneous illumination result in an improved colouring of the corals
- The total light spectrum can be adjusted at your own discretion by selecting different T-5 colours
- T-5 lamps supply spectral wavelengths and blends that the LED cannot supply
- The homogeneous illumination increases the placement options for corals inside the aquarium that require a high extent of illumination
- The popular sun scattering effect (caustic) in the aquarium is preserved due to LED illumination
Flexible colour blending
Not every reef aquarium has the same colour requirements with respect to lighting. This is because of the fact that aquariums have in different sizes and the placement of the corals inside the aquarium creates different needs for lighting. Many LED systems with lenses restrict coral placement to the vicinity of the light focus, since only in this tiny area a more or less complete light spectrum can be created. However, unnaturally high radiation intensities can occur in these areas (hot spots) which repeatedly lead to a burning of corals.
The colour blending for illuminating corals needs to take into account the natural spectral needs of the individual coral. While animals from shallower reef locations typically need a more daylight-like spectral distribution, corals from deep-water regions require a more blue-shifted spectral distribution. At the same time the aquarium should appear attractive to the observer and coloured fish should appear in their natural colour scheme.
Hybrid technology is advantageous to tackle this challenge since the basic light created by the LED can be supplemented by differently coloured, variable T-5 combinations.