The DIF50XP and DIF100XP LED are two new pendants with Orphek which join a growing trend of incorporating more colors of LED in reef aquarium lights. Whereas the Ecotech Marine Radion XR30w and PacificSun LED Hyperion use a handful of discrete LEDs of different colors, the DIF50XP and DIF100XP are a rare breed of reef light with multiple colors nestled into the same multichip LED.
Like the Dense Matrix Array LED from Kessil and the RGB multichip from SMD Aquaristik, the Orphek DIF50XP and DIF100XP are endowed with several LED colors under the same common lens. 410nm near-UV, 430nm violet,white, 20,000 Kelvin, and two shades of red at 640 and 660nm are all represented in the multicolored-multichip LED found in the Orphek DIF50XP and DIF100XP pendants.
The red and violet light included in the DIF50XP and DIF100XP LED pendants may not appear as bright to our eyes as the whites and the blues, but they are likely to set some photosynthesis into overdrive by lining up well with known peaks of photosynthetic activity. Pricing and availability is undetermined for Orphek’s two new LED pendants, but any shift away from monochromatic multichip LED light is step in the right direction.