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PAR Readings For Planted Aquarium Lights

Updated: Oct 20, 2023


AquascapeGuide is working on compiling as much PAR data into one place as possible. If you'd like to participate, download the Photone app, crank your light up to 100% and take the readings at the depths noted below. If you have a fancy PAR meter, even better! You can email us your readings to AquascapeGuide@gmail.com. If more than one persons measures the same light, we are take an average of all the readings.


We talk about how to use the Photon app in our article "Use Your Smartphone As A PAR Meter With The Photone App"


Here is the deal with the information below. Just because a light has high PAR, doesn't mean its PUR (spectrum) is set up for growing plants. The best example we can give is putting a reef light on a planted aquarium. Reef lights can output a TON of PAR, but their spectrums are not optimized to grow plants. Similarly put, a Hyger 24/7 light even though it outputs 132 PAR at 12", doesn't have great PUR. This is what separates quality planted tank lights from inexpensive ones. You can read more about the differences of PAR and PUR in our Lighting Guide within Part 1 of our website.


The measurements below were either sourced online, or taken by hobbyists with a PAR meter, or using the Photone app. All have been taken with the light at 100% intensity, and straight underneath the light. The following table is best viewed on a computer, but can be scrolled side to side with your phone or tablet.

SOURCE

LIGHT

PAR @ 3"

6"

12"

18"

Online Data

Aqueon Planted Clip 12w

613

152

26

26

Online Data

Beamsworth EA 60 13w

115

56

36

23

Online Data

​Beamsworth DA 60 30w

332

179

96

64

Apogee Par Meter

Beamswork Vivio 36-40"

250

--

65

43

Samsung S22 Ultra

Chihiros WRGB II 90 Pro 100w

955

514

255

155

Apogee Par Meter

Current USA Satellite 25"

350

--

98

81

Online Data

Fluval 2.0 Aquasky 12w

215

122

50

26

Online Data

Fluval 2.0 Aquasky 18w

225

162

59

32

Online Data

Fluval 2.0 Aquasky 27w

235

173

64

38

Online Data

Fluval 2.0 Aquasky 35w

245

177

66

44

Online Data

Fluval Planted Nano 15w

690

295

85

42

Online Data

Fluval 3.0 22w

442

227

80

--

Online Data

Fluval 3.0 32w

453

252

107

--

3 Users

Fluval 3.0 46w

470

267

112

--

Online Data

Fluval 3.0 59w

543

288

136

--

SOURCE

LIGHT

PAR @ 3"

6"

12"

18"

​Apogee Par Meter

Hyger 24/7 Planted 36w

408

--

132

113

Online Data

Nicrew ClassicLED G1 15w

70

2 Users

Nicrew ClassicLED G2 27w

291

97

80

60

Online Data

Nicrew AquaLux 14w

65

Online Data

Nicrew C10 Plants 13w

56

Online Data

Nicrew SkyLED 18w

225

165

90

40

Online Data

Nicrew 2.0 15w

--

--

92

--

Samsung S22 Ultra

ONF Flat Nano+ 15w

492

290

87

​46

Online Data

ONF Flat Nano 15w

638

277

91

95

Online Data

TwinStar 90B 33w

286

245

126

95

Online Data

TwinStar 900E 60w

373

280

159

117

Online Data

TwinStar 900SA 65w

510

360

218

165

Samsung S22 Ultra

TwinStar 900S 65w

510

360

192

122

Online Data

Seaoura SR-618 18w

635

464



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Christina
Christina
10 de nov. de 2023

I saw this video on the app you mentioned and it’s interesting for those that haven’t viewed it yet, https://youtu.be/JSY_wKdWMsE?si=rnFujUUXl56LwtN0


I’m sorry I posted it in the lighting section too by mistake .

Curtir
AquascapeGuide
AquascapeGuide
29 de dez. de 2023
Respondendo a

Awesome! Yeah, I kind of showcased it a bit in our Flat Nano+ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6PuHt7BCyY&t=144s I wonder if I should do a full video on just the app?!

Curtir
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