What does “retrofit“ mean?
Retrofit refers to the option of converting conventional T5/T8 tubes to the JBL LED SOLAR system. You can, without having to remove the aquarium cover or make any structural changes, simply "plug" the new LED into the old tube sockets for operation. Many cat owners are unable to operate an "open" aquarium and therefore need an aquarium cover. The aquarium surroundings also sometimes prevent an open installation. In such cases the retrofit installation is ideal.
Can I combine two LED SOLAR EFFECT units with one LED SOLAR NATUR?
Unfortunately this is not possible. The LED SOLAR EFFECT is connected to the driver (power supply) of the LED SOLAR NATUR via the included cable switch. Thus, all the slots are already occupied. You’ll need another driver for this. You can connect one NATURE and one EFFECT to one driver. Two LED SOLAR EFFECT units on one driver are not possible due to the connectors and the maximum power consumption of the power supply.
Can I connect two LED SOLAR NATUR units to just one power supply?
Unfortunately this is not possible - you will need two power supplies. One driver (power supply) has the capacity to connect one LED SOLAR NATUR and one LED SOLAR EFFECT, which together create an efficient and ideal aquarium lighting. If you need a high power light aquarium and have a particularly large number of plants, you can easily install another LED SOLAR NATUR with another driver, which is included with each LED SOLAR NATUR kit free of charge. The power supply cannot handle the power of two LED SOLAR NATUR units. Therefore, we strongly advise against the use of a home-made adapter.
Can the LED SOLAR be placed directly on a glass brace?
LEDs produce heat, which the metal heat sink on the back of the JBL LED SOLAR dissipates. In order to avoid unwanted discoloration on the protective glass, uneven illumination in the aquarium and heat problems on the LED, the LED SOLAR NATUR and EFFECT units should always be mounted at a distance of min. 1 cm to the material below (e.g. a glass brace). The brackets enclosed for installing them as a top assembly or the wire suspension mean that no direct contact is necessary. Installing a retrofit in the tube socket is likewise safe.
How much lumen does my LED SOLAR NATURE have?
On the back of your packaging and in the instructions for use you will find a table that shows the lumen specification (at 4000 K) per product type. Unlike other LED types, the LED SOLAR NATUR mixes the light of cold white and warm white LED to produce the three possible Kelvin numbers. Maximum flexibility for your aquarium type. None of the LEDs runs at the maximum power of 100 %, thus ensuring a long lifetime. This makes it possible to generate lumen values that are almost always identical. The deviation between the 3 colour spaces is minimal.
Can I operate several LED SOLAR units with one remote control?
You can operate several IR receivers with one remote control. In doing so, the IR receiver needs to be mounted near or at the aquarium cabinet so that it can be reached unimpeded by the IR signals of the remote control. All remote controls work with the same wavelength. This enables you to operate all the receivers with just one remote control unit.
How can the LEDSOLAR NATUR and EFFECT be installed?
There are only three ways to attach the JBL LED SOLAR NATUR and EFFECT units to an aquarium and none of these involve “simply” placing the LED on it.
1. Retrofitting: using the enclosed adapters, you fit them at both ends of the LED body and put it into the old tube sockets (T5/T8).
2. Top assembly: with the enclosed brackets, the LEDs can be safely positioned on the edge of the aquarium, without any danger of them falling in or being too close to the water surface.
3. Suspension: Using the LED SOLAR Hanging accessory, you can position your LED down hanging from the ceiling so that it hovers above the aquarium.