The Blue Moon Aquatics P100 LED spotlight is one of the most impressive multichip LEDs we’ve yet seen. The BMA P100 is equipped with substantial thermal management in the form of a twin tower watercooled heatsink, a high capacity fan and digital thermometer of both heatsinks. If the BMA P100 stopped there we’d already be smitten but then they had to go and add an adjustable lens and mirror coated reflector to the mix, greatly raising the bar for for all multichip LED spotlights to come.
The BMA P100 will be available in a 15,000K or a pure 460nm blue version, both of which will be able to hit PAR values above 100 umols at a depth of 42 inches, or more than one meter deep. Blue Moon Aquatics calls the new P100 LED Pendant “the most advanced marine aquarium luminaire to be offered for sale in North America”. Now usually when a manufacturer calls their product the most or best anything we have to call shenanigans but this is a rare case where we might have to cede that this LED spotlight is pretty well advanced.
The BMA P100 LED spotlight looks really, really cool; like an energy generating device straight out of Star Trek. Blue Moon Aquatics clearly paid special attention to combining for and function in the design of the P100 LED. Some people may not appreciate seeing all the parts and pieces clearly shown off for all to see but for gearheads like us, the P100 LED is both a work of art and machinery. The exposed design is easy on the eyes but some of the exposed acrylic will invariably bleed out some light and detract from the reef in some settings.
For all it’s bells and whistles, we do not yet know whether the BMA P100 LED will be controllable but the ability to adjust the intensity of the 100 watt multichip LED should be a function of its power supply. We also don’t know how much it will cost nor when it will be available, but chances are we may see demo models of the BMA P100 LED either at MACNA or Reefapalooza this fall.