Get the LEDs wet
Even though an LED may be water resistant or water proof, it doesn't mean it's designed to be submerged and used underwater. Exposing your
LEDs to water for any length of time will damage the LED circuit board and likely cause your heat sink and hardware to corrode.
Get salt creep or mineral deposits on the LED strips
Salt and minerals deposits cause corrosion and really damage the heat sink and LEDs. It's important to keep your lights clean of any type
of salt creep or mineral deposits to avoid premature failure.
Keep LEDs close to metal halides, compact fluorescents or T5HO lamps
Remember, heat is the enemy of LED lights and mounting them too close to other forms of lighting (especially metal halides) can dramatically
decrease their lifespan.
Burn your corals
LED lights can be very intense and sudden changes in light brightness can sometimes cause some corals to expel their zooxanthellae and "burn"
or "bleach white." It's vitally important to slowly acclimate your corals to new LED lights and our Coral Acclimation Guide will walk you
through the steps.
We realize this list may not apply to every aquarium application, however understanding LED lighting and following some simple guidelines
will ensure you get the most out of your LED lighting system.