SunPulse Nano Series Ceramic Metal Halide lamps are a new line of HID lights with sizes down to 20 watts. The SunPulse Nano Series metal halides come in 20, 35, 75 and 100 watts and in 3, 4, 6.5 and 10K correlated color temperature. Unlike the mogul base and double ended metal halides reefers are used to, the Sunpulse Nano CMH lamps either come in a MR or GU style base; the smallest 20 watt CMH uses a tiny GU6.5 base socket.
Ceramic Metal Halide lamps are a relatively new form of high intensity discharge which is touted for its strong color rendition and high luminous maintenance over the course of the lamp. Unlike some of the generic CMH lamps made by Osram and GE, SunPulse has specially designed these Nano Series CMH to operate at extremely high frequencies; traditional ballasts operate at 60Hz but the digital electronic ballasts used to drive SunPulse CMH lamps operate at 500kHz.
The fixture for the tiny 20 watt CMH dubed the Sapphire is about the size of a man’s palm and it puts off so little heat that the plastic housing is only warm to the touch. SunPulse plans to incorporate the 20 watt light into a self-ballasted PAR38 form factor which is expected to retail around $80 while the entire fixture will be closer to $130. The SunPulse Nano CMH lamps are so new they don’t even know when they will have these available but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.