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    Hands on with Nano Customs PAR38 LED Spotlight

    Last week we received samples of the new and much talked about  PAR38 LED spotlights from Nanocustoms. The lights we received for review are new, as the production models have increased output (and electric consumption) than the prototypes we first saw at MACNA. These new spotlights are said to pull 21w (6w more than the […]

    LED-Spotlight

    Last week we received samples of the new and much talked about  PAR38 LED spotlights from Nanocustoms. The lights we received for review are new, as the production models have increased output (and electric consumption) than the prototypes we first saw at MACNA. These new spotlights are said to pull 21w (6w more than the prototypes seen) with PAR measurements in the 420 range at 18″ in open air.

    Blue-LED-Spotlight

    PAR38-LED-Spotlight-Blue

    We will be reviewing the 12K and 20K versions of these lights; the 12K utilizes  3 white and 2 blue LEDs, while the 20K formation uses 3 blues and 2 whites as shown above. In addition to the 12K and 20k, solid red and blue LED versions are not available by custom order. The kelvin ratings are fairly accurate, but comparing the spectral and visual qualities of LEDs to Metal Halides or T5s is difficult to do. LEDs have a clarity and crispness, as a result of their tight spectrums, that can make them difficult to visually compare to other lighting. That said I don’t know of any aquarists who do not like the effect 450nm Royal Blue LEDs have on their reef tank!

    PAR-LED-Spotlight

    In and out of tank light intensity measurements will be taken after we give these lamps ample time to burn in to better get an idea of their a) lifespan and b) the output levels users will actually see when owning these lights and not just right out of the box.

    Nanocustoms-LED-Spotlight

    The initial pro is quite obvious–simplicity. This LED spotlight requires no additional drivers or power supplies, simply screw it into a standard household socket and your good to go. An initial con we can foresee is size. PAR 38 spotlights are not small–for size comparison it dwarfs the iPhone at left. The Nanocustoms LED spot would make for a terrific standalone light for nano aquariums, but it will require some creativity to implement them. Aquarium spotlight fixtures are not readily available nearly anywhere outside of Japan.

    We’ll have the review rolling out in the next few weeks. In the meantime for more photos and information, see our initial MACNA coverage: Nanocustoms LED Spotlights.

    11 Comments

    1. November 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM | Permalink

      Hi Eric,

      When you say standard fitting, do you mean, E27 screw in type fitting?
      Looking forward to see the photos of thee running and your results.

    2. Andrew
      November 12, 2009 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

      Do you think these things will have enough punch to be used as a spotlight and produce shimmering over T5 lit aquariums?

    3. Mike Clifford
      November 12, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

      @ Eric, if you want to bring one of those bad boys over, maybe we can answer Andrew’s question 🙂

    4. November 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

      I have a 29 gallon nano, how wide is the spread? what is the width of the bulbs?

    5. Ian
      November 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

      I’d be happy to test one w/ my PAR meter for you 😀

    6. clive@nanocustoms
      November 12, 2009 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

      @Andrew

      You would have to have a monster T5 setup to drown out these LEDs. They have more PAR than a lot of MH lamps, although in a smaller coverage area. They can most certainly be used to add shimmer.

      @griffithimage

      The spread depends on the height mounted above the tank. For a tank of your size with the current 40 degree lens option, you would need three to get adequate coverage and still keep PAR high. You would be able to keep a wide variety of corals though. We are soon going to be offering wider lens angle options that will allow users with larger than pico tanks use these for primary lighting using less bulbs, and not having to hang them quite as high.

    7. November 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

      @Mike Clifford AND Eric: DO IT! I’m curious to see what it would do over a T5 system as well!

    8. mcliffy2
      November 14, 2009 at 7:05 PM | Permalink

      @Sonny – Done 🙂 WIth very good results…you may see a post soon (maybe with video) 😉

    9. Andrew
      December 5, 2009 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

      @ Mike

      Where’s the video? 😉

      I’m waiting to pull the trigger and order one of these to spot light my 24 x 24 x 20 tank for some shimmer.

    10. April 1, 2010 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

      does anybody here ordered this from nanotuners.com?

    11. March 31, 2010 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

      does anybody here ordered this from nanotuners.com?

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