NanoCustoms made a very strong showing at this year’s ReefStock with many new products, one of the most notable being their MR16 LED spotlight. The MR16 from NanoCustoms is a Mini-Me version of the industry-leading PAR 38 LED spotlight from NanoCustoms that is already lighting up Nano Reefs and small tanks all over the world. The array of MR16s that NC demoed were all using three XP series LEDs, XP-E blues and XP-G whites, which all share a common triple lens reflector of 40 degrees and which are driven with an internal driver. The color combination we saw at ReefStock were all white, all blue, a ’12k’ with 1:2 ratio of blues to whites and a ’20k’ with a 2:1 ratio of blues to whites; NanoCustoms expect to ship all of these color combinations except for the all white but we are pushing for them to release the all white as well to satisfy more color tastes as well as the nano planted tank keepers. Due to cost and availability, the XP-G whites may be replaced with XP-E series whites. The LEDs of the NC-MR16 will be running between 350ma and 500ma when they start becoming available in two to three months: they will sell for $45 each and they will fit into, and work with any standard MR16 light fixture. NanoCustoms will offer an off-the-shelf 12 volt DC power supply for the DIYers in the house but any standard 12v PS will work to drive these lamps. The Mini-Me MR16 LED spotlights will be a very welcome addition to the nano aquarium lighting market where reefers may want a slimmer profile than what is currently afforded by the PAR38 lamps.
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.