World’s first full-spectrum LED aquarium boosts growth in marine life

16 August 2018

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Kyocera introduce their LED aquarium, which mimics sunlight at specific underwater depths and is designed to optimise growth of corals and other marine plants.

Kyocera’s high-colour-rendering LED lighting combines its proprietary violet LEDs and RGB (red, green and blue) phosphors to create lights close to natural sunlight at specific underwater depths.

Kyocera’s new LED technology is ideal for growing various water creatures, as it reproduces the light close to the natural habitats of corals and water plants. The optical spectrum can also be customised to reproduce the deep blue colour for ornamental purposes.

LED aquarium lighting features

Sunlight-mimicking LEDs

By combining violet LEDs and RGB phosphor blending technology, Kyocera’s high-colour-rendering LEDs produce light that is extremely close to natural sunlight. By customising the spectrum, it reproduces the light close to that of the natural habitats of corals and water plants at specific underwater depths.

The product’s luminance uniformity, without colour separation, makes it ideal for growing corals and other sea creatures for a long period of time.

World’s first full spectrum LED aquarium boosts growth in marine life, from Kyocera

Colour options

Kyocera’s aquarium LED lighting will soon cover the following colours:

• Marine Blue, reproducing spectrum of sunlight at 2.5m below sea level

• Aqua Blue, reproducing spectrum of sunlight at 11m below sea level

• Natural White, reproducing similar spectrum of sunlight above ground

• Deep Blue for ornamental purposes

High light output

Kyocera’s proprietary ceramic technology provides excellent durability in an LED light. In addition, an air-cooling function that utilises air convection offers a high output, while maintaining high colour rendering. Assuming this light would be used near the sea, Kyocera developed a robust design with a heat dissipation structure to use natural air. As this design does not require a fan, which was traditionally considered one of the main reasons for similar products to break down, the new aquarium LED light can minimise failures.

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Endorsements from collaborators

Dr.  Beatriz  Estela  Casareto,  Professor  at  Research  Institute  of  Green  Science  and Technology, Shizuoka University

“Due to its similarity to the natural sunlight, the KNW lamp is highly suitable for growing corals during a long period of time. It is also expected that, using KNW, new results in the study of coral physiological responses and coral bleaching will be obtained.”

Mr. Tetsuo Takeshima, Director of Enoshima Aquarium

“We had been looking for a high-quality light source alternative to metal-halide lamps, since manufacturing and importing mercury products will be restricted from 2020 based on the Minamata Mercury Convention signed in 2013. It had been a big challenge for us because many seawater creatures cannot grow well with conventional LED lighting.

“We found Kyocera’s LED lighting and tried using it for an experiment to raise eelgrass, which is difficult to grow with conventional LEDs, and this experiment showed positive results. We expect Kyocera’s LED to drastically reduce power costs while creating a good environment for raising marine life.”


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