More tests were carried out these days with the new product and the existed Blaze series. The left figure shows the light mixing test on a blank paper. The lights were all mounted ~5cm above the table. As one can see from the two figures below, the light mixing condition is much better for the new product (X-60) than that for the Blaze M-60S. It is evident that the various colors were well mixed even in such short distance. For the M-60S unit, the different color lights may reach their best mixing condition in a distance of 15cm.
The two figures below include more information about the two generation products. Again, the photos clear show the difference between the light mixing conditions of the two products. No overlapped shadows were observed with the X-60 unit. It is interesting to know that the X-60 unit was equipped with ±30 degree optical lenses, which should have worse capability on mixing the light homogeneously than the Blaze series unit (75 degree). The keypoint is that all the LEDs for X-60 are arranged very densely in a small circular cluster board. Moreover, the 30 degree optical lens was manufactured with special optical patterns on it, making it not only concentrate but also mix the lights in a very short distance.
What do you see from the two figures below? Figure 1 shows the spectrum distribution of our latest product, Blaze series X-60, which is 90% in completetion. Figure 2 shows the result for a Blaze series M-60S unit. One should have noticed that for the newly developed product, the light ranging from 390-430nm is significantly enhanced in comparison with that in a Blaze series M-60S unit. Moreover, the valley shown between 450nm and 530nm for a M-60S unit is also compensated in the new product. What do those changes mean to the hobbyists? The enhancing of the shorter wavelength part can bring out the colors of the corals better, while the addition of Cyan light (490-510nm) can make the whole light spectrum distribution more similar to that measured in the wild under sea water.
The X-60 is mainly composed of LEDs of various colors, including 400nm Near UV, 420nm Violet, 450nm Royal blue, 470nm Blue, 500nm Cyan and 6,500K Cool white. These 6 types of LEDs are further assigned in two independent channels. For Channel 1, the LEDs are 470nm, 500nm and 6,500K. For Channel 2, they are 400nm, 420nm, 450nm and 470nm. These two independent channels can be controlled by the built-in controller, which allow users to adjust either the ratio between two channels and the total intensity output of the whole unit.
As for the most concerned light intensity, the lux value detected under 45cm for X-60 is ~22,000. For a Blaze series M-60S, which consumes the same wattage (100W), the value is around 18,000. But please keep in mind that the new product has dominant shorter wavelength light which contribute to less lux value. This implies that the effective light energy is much more than the reading. The prototype of this new product will be sent to certain research institutes for further test and evaluation soon. We will soon get more information and will keep you posted then.
The left photo shows an incredible frag tank with at least >50 various zoanthids species. The tank owner uses one Blaze M-60S unit and one ComboRay CR-60 unit as the light source of this tank. According to the owner's observation, it is said that almost all of the zoas kept in this tank became more intense in color after the addition of the CR-60 unit. There is no doubt that the 420nm Violet as well as the 500nm Cyan brought out rich colors of the zoas. This tank has been kept under the fixtures without turning on the white light for at least 6 months. The colors went better instead of worse. This should be a practical evidence that colors of zoas could be maintained with "appropriate" light spectra. If you have a frag tank that needs a nice light fixture, go for ComboRay! You will never regret!