The combination multichip LED pendant from Blue Moon Aquatics is a novel LED aquarium light which has one large white multichip LED and a ring of 6 blue LEDs around it. The multichip is rated at 30 watts with a single common 60 degree lens and the six outer blue LEDs are blue with a peak emission of 470nm, three watts each and riding a 60 degree lens. It is possible to independently control the white and blue LEDs and the pendant ships with a strong yet questionable looking armature to hold it. The whole back end of the light is one large heatsink with a balance of mass, surface area and vertical orientation to passively cool off the heat of 48 watts of LEDs. Like it’s simpler single multichip pendant siblings the combination multichip LED pendant will be shipping in October, with an estimated price of $450 and with Marine Depot having already signed on to carry the pendants.
After walking the entire 10 halls of the InterZoo conference for almost a week, we saw tons of multichip lights and fixtures but none of them were flanked by high powered blues like Blue Moon’s latest creation. Blue Moon Aquatics’s combination multichip LED pendant that we spied at the big reef show was the product which surprised us the most. It’s kind of strange that the Combo Multichip LED totally reminds us of our first glance at the Nano Customs PAR38 LED lamp; at the time Nano Customs was really breaking new ground but the market caught on and it was flooded with every incremental flavor of the PAR38 and now PAR30 genre. Fast forward a year and now it looks like Blue Moon Aquatics inherits the torch for (one of) the most innovative products of the MACNA conference. As usual, lots more views of the Combo Multichip LED pendant when you keep reading.