Here’s a note to the would-be overdrivers of ReefLux lamps: If you are overdriving ReefLux metal halide lamps to get some crazy good PAR numbers, don’t. The lamp above may have been overdriven for more than 12 months but we would hope that when metal halide lamps fail, they would do so without splitting the outer envelope which shields your reef inhabitants from copious amounts of deadly UVC light. As you can imagine, of course the lamp above did it’s trick over a large Acropora colony which subsequently bleached and died but hey, you gotta pay to play right? In all fairness, this kind of failure could have happened to any lamp which was used for over a year under conditions for which it wasn’t designed.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.