No.1 Easy Assembly
ComboRay series is an innovative lighting product formally released by Illumagic in 2013. It is designed to fulfill the demands of those who tend to build their own LED lighting system. With the plug & socket connecting system, you do not have to worry about their soldering skill. No LEDs will be burned during their installation on the fixture. It is a quality product but with DIY feel.
No.2 Replaceable LEDs and optics
To build your own LED lights, having enough LED options in colors or spectra is certainly the most essential and important concerns. ComboRay series currently have 8 kinds of LEDs with their spectra ranging from 400nm to 700nm. For single colored LEDs, we have 400nm Near UV, 420nm Violet, 450nm Royal blue, 470nm Blue, 500nm Cyan, and also the 650nm Red. For white colored LEDs, there are 7,000K Cool white and 4,000K Neutral white. These spectra and color temperatures can almost fulfill any light demands of various types of aquariums keeping with freshwater plants or saltwater corals. With the 450nm Royal blue and 650nm Red, you can even use a ComboRay unit to build a grow light for vegetables or other terrigenous plants. ComboRay series also provides 90 and 60 degree optical lenses. You can choose to install either of them on the LEDs to get a more concentrated light spread and better light penetration.
With the featured replaceable LEDs, users can choose to upgrade their lights when there are new LEDs of better efficiency being released. For example, a LED with efficiency of 200 lumen per watt may be released soon in the near future. You do not have to purchase a new light equipped with the latest LEDs to replace the ComboRay units. What you should do is to purchase these latest LED boards from us, and install them on the old units, and you will get a completely upgraded unit with better efficiency and higher lumen output. This is definitely a more economical way to save your budget when a brighter light is required for a deeper or bigger tank.
We are quite sure that not so many LED lights of DIY feel like ComboRay series provide users the controllable function to dim the light intensity. We recently released the IR remote system which is also a optional accessory for ComboRay series. The remote system is composed of one IR sensor module and one remote. Each ComboRay unit contains two independent channels. Channel 1 refers to the LEDs on the odd positions of the main circuit board while channel 2 refers to those on the even positions. When LEDs of two different colors are installed on the two channels, for example, cool white LEDs on channel 1 and Royal blue on channel 2, one can dim the lights in 10 steps with the remote to adjust the color temperature as well as the total brightness. Unlike the traditional switch, our IR remote system can automatically save the settings when the power is off. With the remote, users can easily dim the white light to enjoy the scene under pure blue light.
No.5 No-boundary applications
By installing different LEDs on the two main circuit boards in the fixture, one ComboRay unit can become two light sources to offer different light spectra. This is what we called "No-boundary" applications for ComboRay series products. This concept fully takes the advantages of replaceable LED design. You do not need to purchase two lights to keep two tanks. Just buy the LEDs of the colors required and install them separately at two parts of the ComboRay unit and you get two lights for two applications. Interesting and Innovative concept, isn't it?
This post shows some photos of the beautiful tank lit with multiple units of ComboRay series CR-60. As one can see from the two photos on the top, the CR-60 units are really slim and sleek on the tank. The combination of replaceable LED boards of various light specta (ranging from 390nm to 700nm) make the lighting system a real full-spectrum light source to the tank. The use of pendant system allows the user to adjust the height of the fixtures, making it convenient when water change or routine maintenance is required. The slides below demonstrate the detailed photos of the installation. According to the owner, the condition of most corals in this tank is great. He is quite confident with the lighting system on growing SPS corals. We will keep recording the status of this tank in the coming future. We hope that this tank journal can then become an evidence for the feasibility of LED on keeping SPS corals.
Remember the lighting system composed of 6 x CR-60 units that we introduced last week? The photos below show the tank which adopts this lighting system. The dimension of this newly built tank is 75cm x 75cm x 42cm. The owner of this tank is a reefer who has serveral years experience on keeping SPS corals. He used to believe that SPS corals could only grow and display the best under the illumination of metal halide and/or T5 lamps. However, the high power consumption of the traditional lighting fixtures has made him to re-consider the lighting source when he decided to build a new SPS-dominant tank about three months ago. After seeing our ComboRay series products from pH8.4 forum, he realised that this new products might be a possible candidate to replace his traditional lighting system. He dicussed a lot with us on how he plan to set up the tank and the rockscape for this new tank. He was also interested in testing the fesibility of using only LED lights on growing SPS corals. We helped him to install the whole lighting system on last Saturday. According to him, the light brightness is about the same level of the old 2 x 250W metal halide lamps judged by naked eyes. He was also suprised with the effect of the actinic lights that we suggested (400nm+420nm+450nm LEDs). We are quite exciting about the future of this tank. More SPS will be brought into this tank soon. We will keep you posted with the latest condition of this tank in the coming future.
The four photos on the top show a 30cm (12") cubic tank made of starfire glasses. Two ComboRay CR-30 units are mounted on top of this tank with the specific rotatable mounting stands. One can see that the tank is so bright under the two fixtures consuming only 24W. One of the units is composed of 3 x 7,000K CW + 3 x 4,000K NW LEDs, while the other is composed of 3 x 420nm VL + 3 x 450nm RB. Each LED is equipped with 90 degree optical lens to concentrate the light into the tank. Unlike usual LED lights, the two CR-30 units with rotatable mounting stands make it possible to bring certain lateral light to the tank, leading to an insignificant light shielding resulted from the rockscape. The tank owner is going to have this tank kept with dominant SPS corals and some unique zoa species. The maintenance of such a small tank is understandable in terms of water capacity. Frequent water change as well as the temperature management might be the key points to keep this tank in good condition. Let's just wait and see how this project will be proceeded soon in the near future.
Can you see the difference bewteen the two photos above? The left photo shows a 60cm (24") cubic tank with one Blaze M-60C unit. The tank looks in bluish hue due to the dominant blue LEDs in the LED arrangement. The right photo is the same tank under the addition of two CR-60 ComboRay units. As one can see from the two photos, the one with the supplementary of ComboRay units looks more colorful and attractive than that without the ComboRay units.
Tank owner: J_H (pH 8.4 member, Taiwan)
Established date: Sept. 27th, 2012
Tank size: 60cm x 60cm x 60cm (24" cubic)
Lighting: Blaze M-60C + ComboRay CR-60 "Pure White" + ComboRay CR-60 "Tropical Blue"
The ComboRay units being used are one "Pure White" model and one "Tropical blue" model. The "Pure White" model is composed of 6 x 4,000K Neutral white + 6 x 7,000K Cool white, while the "Tropical Blue" model is composed of 4 x 400nm Near-UV + 4 x 420nm Violet + 4 x 450nm Royal Blue. The "Pure White" unit provided significant amount of light into this tank making the tank much brighter than before. On the other hand, the use of "Tropical Blue" unit, which focused on the spectrum of shorter wavelengths, enhanced the actinic effect of the corals inside the aquarium. Owing to the improved light coverage as well as the compensation of certain devoid spectrums in the Blaze M-60C unit, the corals are now growing in better conditions. The tank owner will keep observing the effects of two ComboRay units on the growth and coloration of the SPS in his tank. Hopefully, the two ComboRay units will not let him down! Click HERE if you are interested in the progress of this tank!
Surprising effect of an actinic light using two CR-60 with 400/420/450nm LEDs on a SPS-dominant display tank.
The left figure shows a SPS-dominant tank which locates in a famous multiple LFS in Tainan, Taiwan called "旭海水族". This 4.2 ft tank was orginally lit up with two old version Blaze series M-120S units. Due to the dominant white LED distribution in S model fixtures, the tank although looked bright enough to keep SPS corals, but the manager of the store want it to be bluish in color. After discussing with us, they decide to purchase two ComboRay series, CR-60 units, to combine to a 4 ft long fixture to serve as the actinic light source of this tank. They chose 2 x 400nm, 5 x 420nm, and 5 x 450nm LEDs and installed them with 90 degree optical lenses. Due to the use of 420nm LEDs, the light brought an elegant purplish hue into this tank. It was clearly observed that fluorescence reaction of most SPS species was significantly enhanced under the illuminating of this new light. The 90 degree lenses increased the light penetration without sacrificing too much light coverage making this 4 ft fixture a qualified actinic light source. The manager of the store was quite satisified with the effect as well as the product quality. Below are some photos of the light installation.
Kios, a member of pH 8.4 forum, shared a post about unpacking a ComboRay CR-30 unit which is used for his 18" cubic tank as the supplemental light source. This tank was originally illuminated by an old version Blaze series M-45C and a double-tube T8 lamp. Kios was not satisifed with the light intensity and the color of the T8 lamp. He decided to replace this T8 lamp by a ComboRay CR-30, which is composed of 420nm Violet x 1, 450nm Royal Blue x 2, 7,000K Cool White x 2, and 4,000K Neutral White x 1. Kios is quite satisfied with the effect that CR-30 brought to his tank. According to his description, CR-30 improved the light intensity and consumed only 12W power which is apparently less than his former T8 lamp did.
As you can see from the figure, this CR-30 is much narrower than the neighboring M-45. The rotatable mounting stands allow the fixture to be tilted in any angle that can provide the best light mixing with
the main light source. The photos below show the unpacking of the product.