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    MACNA XXI : Ushio 14k G12 Metal Halide

    Here at MACNA, Ushio has revealed their latest metal halide development–a 150w 14k G12 lamp. For those unfamiliar with the term, G12 refers to the base of the lamp. In this case it is a two pronged lamp and is much small in size than the standard DE 150w MH that most aquarists know. This […]

    Ushio 150w 14k G12

    Here at MACNA, Ushio has revealed their latest metal halide development–a 150w 14k G12 lamp. For those unfamiliar with the term, G12 refers to the base of the lamp. In this case it is a two pronged lamp and is much small in size than the standard DE 150w MH that most aquarists know. This unique base allows a myriad of reflector designs that would otherwise be ineffective with DE halides, namely parabolic spotlights.

    Aquatic Life has already developed a lighting system using G12 metal halides and offers a directable quasi-spotlight. In their display here at MACNA they ┬áhad one of Ushio’s new 150w 14k lamps fired up showing the color of the lamp. I’d describe it as a crisp ice white with a hint of blue.

    Ushio 150w 14K

    This new lamp can be fired by an M81, M102, or M142 ballast. Ushio gives the lamp a recommended life of 6,000 hours with a CRI of 70–identical to its larger double ended siblings. Currently PAR/watt numbers are not available… Don’t be surprised to see these in the future here on GBD.

    11 Comments

    1. spleen
      September 26, 2009 at 3:36 AM | Permalink

      How many watts is this bulb? 150?

    2. charles
      September 26, 2009 at 4:25 AM | Permalink

      the m81 and m102 ballasts are 150 watt so I’m thinking its 150

    3. September 26, 2009 at 8:31 AM | Permalink

      @charles, correct. Post updated to clarify. Thanks for replying to spleen!

    4. Matt
      September 26, 2009 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

      These may be ‘new’ for the aquarium industry, but Ushio has had many of these models for years, they even have them in red and blue. Given that most manufacturers do not use the G12 socket, there’s some risk their for ‘early’ adopters.

    5. September 27, 2009 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

      @matt Ushio did have a warm yellow / pink color. IIRC this is the bluest G12 150w Halide they’ve made to date (including non-kelvin branded bulbs, e.g. blue).

    6. Marlon
      September 27, 2009 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

      Nice! I was using a G12 150w MH made by Solarmax. After 6 months, the bluish tint faded and became white, so I replaced it with 20000K and happy with the results. I am more interested on the spotlight fixture that was used, looks like hammered.

    7. September 28, 2009 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

      Check out what the Ushio rep had to say about this bulb:
      http://www.alexreef.com/news/macna-video-ushio

    8. AgentSPS
      October 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

      Wow wonder what fixture that was in the display on the video Alex posted:

      http://www.alexreef.com/news/macna-video-ushio

    9. October 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

      Wow, I’m super late to add a comment here, but….
      The won brothers spots use a G12 base so for those of you looking for US based Spotlight options you could pair this with the won brothers spots and be off to the races.
      I might need to track down a few of these babies and fire them up.

    10. Bluedotjawfish
      January 29, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

      I just purchased aquaticlife fixture that uses 3 of the G12 bulbs, (though it doesnt come with Ushio bulbs), and I love it, it’s awsome, definitely cool as the spotlights are adjustable ! When I replace bulbs I may go with the Ushio 14k.

    11. Anonymous
      July 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

      This one is really looking just incredible light bulb. And the existing post really discloses the best of features of the Metal Halide bulb. And this one is truly looking one of the best way for the brighter lighting. This one is really looking one of awesome product. Thanks for sharing some exceptional product information in this post.

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