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    Eco-friendly Plasma Lighting Technology Reaches Aquariums

    For the first time plasma lighting technology is being experimented with over reef aquariums. These tiny tic-tac sized lamps tout up to 140 lumens per watt, making it arguably the most efficient aquarium light source sans natural sunlight. To get you up to speed on the technology, take a moment and watch this brief video [...]

    For the first time plasma lighting technology is being experimented with over reef aquariums. These tiny tic-tac sized lamps tout up to 140 lumens per watt, making it arguably the most efficient aquarium light source sans natural sunlight. To get you up to speed on the technology, take a moment and watch this brief video by c|net highlighting Luxim’s plasma lamp.

     

    Chris Clough, maker of Aqua Illumination ‘AI’ LED lights, has begun testing this technology using what looks to be a Luxim plasma lamp very similar to their LIFI 31-02 unit. EDIT: Via Chris, they are utilizing the Luxim STA-40 Series.

    Plasma Aquarium Light

    EDIT: The STA-40 Series uses 249w and pushes out 22,000 or 19,200 lumens (88 l/w or 77 l/w) while still dimmable from 20-100%. It is also rated for 30,000 hours, much more than the 10,000 hours life of the  31-02 unit.  See the updated spectral graph below for the 40-02 and 40-01 models.

    Plasma Aquarium Spectrum

     

    Todd at Cherry Corals who has his hands on the AI test unit, has stated that when dimming the lamp the spectrum becomes much more blue. See for yourself in the image gallery where the plasma lamp is mounted in an Lumenarc reflector:

    This is still very new technology and AI is said to be testing the waters as Plasma technology comes into frutation. In the meantime check out this architecture plasma spotlight that Luxim is already making. I’ll take two,  better do a patent search first. Two thumbs up to energy efficient lighting solutions and to Aqua Illumination for experimenting with this tech so early on.

    Plasma Spotlight

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    • http://www.nanoreefblog.com Curvball

      Exciting news! Looks like it might be even better than LED’s then?

    • Chris Clough

      Greetings – a couple notes:
      * It’s actually using the Luxim STA-40 series: http://www.lifi.com/pdfs/ProductBulletinLIFI-STA-40Series.pdf
      * We have no idea when we’ll go into production on this or how much it’ll cost. It’s taken months to get to this point, and plenty of work before we’re ready to get it out to the users.
      * Tremendous thanks to Todd @ Cherry Corals – can’t wait to see what he puts tank for goodies :)

      Best regards,
      -Chris

    • welles

      “17,800 lumens at 28 DC V and 9.5 A” is it means about 60-70 lumens per watt?

    • http://www.reef2reef.com ficklefins

      Todd from Chery Corals is testing out a prototype of the light if you want to check out some additional photos:

      http://www.reef2reef.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=21646

    • Greg Carroll

      If anyone can get it to the market, Chris can. Go Aqua Illumination.

    • http://www.reefaquariumforum.com chris

      I remember seeing that video a while back. I hope this technology proves to work well for aquariums.

    • Nicholas Sadaka

      Sweet…I’m scared to ask, but is there any word on vague, possible pricing yet? Looks really cool and super high tech!

    • Brad Birch

      That looks very promising.

    • stunreefer

      I was over at Todds (Cherry Corals) the other day and had the opportunity to see this thing in action… A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It’s unbelievably bright, and as you can see, it’s TINY!

      Very exciting stuff – I cannot wait to see how the corals react… keep up the great work Chris and AI!

    • Poseidon

      I can’t wait to see this in person, I had tried to contact them a while back about aquarium applications, and didn’t hear back. I may have to make an appointment to see Todd, and take some pictures!

    • http://www.RimlessReef.com Sonny Harajly

      Very Cool! Im gonna have to pay Todd at Cherry Corals a visit…..

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    • http://www.nanoreefcentral.com jabrams

      wow this is great news, good luck in the testing. Im going to write about this in my nano reef aquarium blog and will link back to this article.

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    • peter

      the problem with your plasma bulb is the kelvin, max 6 000 K is so yellow ! Any possibility to get a 16 000 K white with your plasma bulb ?

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