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    DM goes JDM with Japanese Spotlights

    After some inspiration from GBD and the glassbox, dmorel went JDM with 2 MT-150s and 3 Superkarus spotlights on his new 220g display tank, a 5′ round circular rimless. The MT-150 is a classy 150w DE Metal Halide fixture powered by an electronic ballast and parabolic reflector. Unlike other designs that are made up of […]

    After some inspiration from GBD and the glassbox, dmorel went JDM with 2 MT-150s and 3 Superkarus spotlights on his new 220g display tank, a 5′ round circular rimless.

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    The MT-150 is a classy 150w DE Metal Halide fixture powered by an electronic ballast and parabolic reflector. Unlike other designs that are made up of facets, the MT-150 uses a smooth bowl shaped reflector to direct all light downward into the tank. Although this reflector design does reduce light spill, the MT line comes complete with barn doors so that light only goes where you want it.

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    Keeping with the barndoor theme, DM went ahead and picked up the accessory barn doors for the superkarus as well. He is currently running 2 Deep Blues and 1 Aqua Blue. There are only a handful of Americans running these lights, but DM may take the cake for running the most. He is currently planning on replacing the 4x150w Won Bro halide units he has with more Superkarus. 

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    These lights are always a hot item, but I don’t expect to see much of a trend here. They are  difficult to get and more importantly they are extremely expensive. The bulbs shift spectrums extremely quickly and need to be changed every 6-8 months. At just shy of $200 USD a bulb, they have quite the upkeep cost! With that said don’t be surprised if you see more of these Japanese lights pop up here in the states…

    3 Comments

    1. Steve
      March 25, 2009 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been keeping an eye on his thread on RC – I’m soo overwhelmed with jealousy on his procurement of those Superkarus :o) I wish someone would start importing them here, but like you said, the cost is high and might keep them from ever showing up here.

    2. March 25, 2009 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

      Awesome build thread. I know first hand that he paid a pretty penny for those. Well worth it to stand out from the crowd…

    3. Jason
      March 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

      I’ve been following DM’s thread as well on RC.
      Where can one acquire Superkarus from?

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