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    The Beautiful MzOne MT250 Metal Halide Fixture

      When many aquarists think of Japanese reef lighting, the Supercool Metal Halide Spotlight comes to mind. While these are widely used, MzOne‘s MT250 is the king of metal halides and reef lighting in Japan. These lights are designed for double ended 250w Metal Halide lamps and come equipped with electronic ballasts. The stainless steel body is […]

     

    MzOne MT250 Halide

    When many aquarists think of Japanese reef lighting, the Supercool Metal Halide Spotlight comes to mind. While these are widely used, MzOne‘s MT250 is the king of metal halides and reef lighting in Japan. These lights are designed for double ended 250w Metal Halide lamps and come equipped with electronic ballasts. The stainless steel body is rust proof, measures in at 13″  x 11″ x 14″ and comes equipped with barndoors to prevent light spill in the room.  Like the Supercool spotlights, the MT250 can be angled thanks to an adjustable bracket, allowing unique and dramatic lighting to the aquarium. 

    MT250 Reflector

    9The reflector is a hammer tone parabolic design for an intense output with limited spill. Despite the effectiveness and popularity of the dome shaped, multi faceted reflectors (e.g. Lumenarc & LumenBright) in the States, I am shocked that not one of these ‘dome reflector’ companies has made a seamless, true parabolic design. The MT 250 design has been scaled down for 150w DE halides in the MT 150 fixture, shown at right by U.S. reefer DM. The MT 150 typically only comes in silver, whereas the MT250 comes in Black, but can also be found in white and silver– I am a sucker for the black industrial look.

     

    The seamless reflector and powder coated stainless steel construction comes at a price though–The list price for an MT250 is ¥135,000 or $1,400USD. You would think that alone would be enough to deter customers, but the styling, quality and performance of the MT series of lights have made them a staple in the Japanese reef world. Many aquarists use multiples, for example Mr. Watanabe’s beautiful SPS reef below utilizes 12 MT250s plus additional spotlights.

    Japanese SPS Reef MT250

    These lights are also used on other Japanese reefs we have featured, such as our friend Hideki Mukai’s SPS reef as well as Anagonbe’s Table Acropora dominated reef and Hiroyuki’s infamous Rainbow Lagoon. Expect more on these lights in the near future…

    7 Comments

    1. mirkus
      July 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

      Doesn’t the Elos EPower have a parabolic style reflector too?

    2. July 22, 2009 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

      @mirkus, correct–the Elos reflector does feature a parabolic design, but I do not consider it in competition with the dome reflector lines that are so popular. (I should have clarified this better in the post). I also do not like the finish of the elos fixture, it could be much more reflective efficient–allowing lower wattages to be used.

      Here’s a blurry photo from MACNA:

      http://glassbox-design.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/macna-elos1.jpg

    3. mirkus
      July 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

      The EPower does look a little underwhelming. I saw a test out there where a EPOWER 250 watt with 10k had more par than a 400 watt with 10k. The results seem a little strange to me.

    4. Refresh
      July 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM | Permalink

      Will these work on U.S. electric current?

    5. dmorel
      August 3, 2009 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

      They work just fine on us currents.
      I really like the MT 150’s I have (currently running three of them) they are aesthetically pleasing both as fixtures and the light they throw. I’m using them in conjunction with the spotlights and it’s a very nice combo.

    6. dmorel
      August 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

      And not to spam the glass box, but here’s an updated pic of my light rack, you can also see the two new MT LED spots I added as well as a couple new supercools

      http://i692.photobucket.com/albums/vv285/dmorelphx/tank%207%2026%202009/IMG_2705.jpg

      -dm

    7. April 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for information, I'll always keep updated here!

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