The Blue Moon Aquatics P3 is a new option for small accent lighting with actual PAR output, and dubbed a ‘power moonlight’ by it’s manufacturer. The BMA P3 LED features a single three watt royal blueLED with an emission peak of 445-460nm that can get some PAR into tight places at the bottom of a tank via an interchangeable 40 or 60 degree lens. The lightweight body and multi-angle neck of the BMA P3 LED can easily be positioned anywhere you need it, and with a 50,000 hour life these power moonlights should be plug in and forget it lights. BMA P3 LEDs can be used in tandem to create some intense shimmer effects or more versatile moonlighting and with only 3 watts each, they add virtually no heat. These little units will come in at just $49.95
Blue Moon Aquatics gets extra marks for the packaging on the P3 LED something which is often overlooked in the marketing of many reef aquarium products. Until now, accent lighting has been primarily composed of long strips that were cumbersome to install, useless for PAR output and expensive, but the BMA P3 ‘power moonlight kind of has a nostalgic feeling of the original 3/4 watt Marc Weiss moonlight which originally cost about the same. A small area can easily be singled out with the P3 LED’s beam and made into a super photosynthetic zone to house the animals of your choice. This is definitely one use for LEDs so far that goes well with any type of lighting. Hopefully with the development out of the way on these little lights, we may soon see more colors or even an RGB version.