Why Bright is Bad Date Published - 23rd April 2020 - Published by - iQuatics Ltd Not a Bright Idea Here at iQuatics, the term “bright” is pretty much classed as a swear word; in fact, it’s so offensive to aquarium maintenance specialists like us that we’d consider typing “b****t” all the time, but that’s quite a lot of effort. As we’ll go on to explain, the “b-word” isn’t just inaccurate, it’s downright unhelpful and can actually end up causing damage to your ecosystem in the long run. Generally speaking, we use the word “bright” to refer to the strength or intensity of a light source. As humans, however, we only perceive light in a very specific part of the spectrum (predominantly the green and yellow parts if you’re interested). Problematically, the light particles found in this part of the spectrum aren’t very good for photosynthesis; in fact, plants need visible light rays (such as those emitted by the sun) in order to create food and develop. But what does all this scientific jargon mean for your tank, and how should it affect what aquarium lighting products you choose? It basically means that you need to think carefully about the type of aquarium lighting bulbs you choose, and remember that a brighter light isn’t necessarily a more beneficial one; typical household fluorescent models, for example, might look really bright but don’t actually emit the right kind of light to promote healthy, sustained growth. Look on the Bright Side Fear not, however, iQuatics’s T5 Flourescents have been specifically designed to closely replicate the natural habitat of your plants and corals, ensuring they look their best whilst encouraging healthy photosynthesis and growth – order them online today!