Philips unveils breakthrough LED-only aquarium luminaire for growing corals

Philips Lighting has announced the launch of Philips CoralCare, its first dedicated LED luminaire to grow coral in aquariums.

Image credit: Coral Publications YouTube channel
Image credit: Coral Publications YouTube channel

The new Philips luminaire enables coral to grow with brilliantly, vivid colours. It makes use of the latest LED technologies that enable more efficient light generation, which results in significant energy savings of up to 50%.

Philips Lighting chief engineer of CoralCare Research and Development, Luc Vogels, said coral grown with the new Philips CoralCare luminaire has the same vivid colour as coral grown naturally in the sea.

“The ability of Philips CoralCare to recreate and even enhance colours of coral grown in natural habitats is made possible via our special light recipe – and optics, a technology that we have pioneered in our labs in Eindhoven in The Netherlands. We’ve patented the innovation as it really transforms what’s possible for reefers to achieve in aquariums,” he said.

According to Philips, the independent Coral Publications marine consultancy conducted a five-month test for coral growth with both traditional T5 luminaires and the Philips CoralCare luminaires.

The research found that the Philips CoralCare LED-only luminaire has been able to grow coral at the same rate as conventional lighting for the first time and with exceptional coral colours.

“Although LED lighting has major energy saving benefits, two major barriers to successful coral growth with LED have been colour rendering and light distribution which did not compare with conventional T5 lighting,” said Tim Wijgerde Ph.D, managing director of the consulting firm Coral Publications in the Netherlands.

“However, our research has shown that the new unit easily competes with conventional T5 lighting in terms of coral growth and coloration but on average with 30% energy efficiency savings. Going forward, this technology will benefit more efficient, sustainable coral aquaculture and reduce the carbon footprint of aquariums.”

Dr Jens Standke, a reefer from Dusseldorf, said the new Philips CoralCare LED luminaires produced stunning results during his two-month trial.

“The coral I’ve grown using these LED luminaires really does mimic the vibrant colours of coral grown in the ocean which comes from the flexible control you have with Philips CoralCare.” he said.

“For example, its phosphorous light brings out amazing fluorescent colours that you get with coral in the ocean at night.”

Philips CoralCare will be available for coral reefers and aquarium enthusiasts to buy from the company’s online shop from 10 June.

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