The Comboray G2 LED is a new light fixture from Illumagic which holds on to one of the original hoop dreams of LED lighting: mix and match LEDs. The vast majority of manufacturers have moved away from anything that isn’t a striplight, a spotlight, or a module, but Illumagic’s Comboray G2 LED is offering the kind of modularity and versatility that has an endangered species of light fixture in the aquarium hobby.
Illumagic is no newcomer when it comes to making interesting LED lights for the marine and freshwater aquarium market. The hobby in general is flooded with sooooo many barely dissimilar and sometimes identical LED light fixtures, that it’s hard for companies to stand out without resorting to gimmicks or questionable interpretations of P.U.R.
Illumagic’s newest LED striplight, the Comboray G2, has a form factor somewhere in between a striplight and a fixture, with an attractive anodized aluminum fixture. But looks alone aren’t enough to get you published in the pages of Reef Builders, well maybe sometimes they are, but in this case, it’s all modular business under the hood.
Interestingly, Illumagic has designed the Comboray G2 with two different types of chips; there’s single LED diodes on a square chip for fine tuning the overall look of the aquarium, and multichannel round chips with up to four colors of LEDs. Each interchangeable LED chip and cluster have available optional lenses which are made of a soft silicone material, and which are covered with a finely dimpled surface for maximum light dispersal and color mixing.
This being 2016, you can hardly release a new high tech LED light without some form of wireless control, and the Illumagic Comboray G2 is no different. An available smartphone app unlocks access to all the channels of color control, with added customizability through picking and placing your own choice of LED chips and clusters.
Pricing for the various LED accessories for the Comboray G1 has not yet been determined, but the two foot fixture with a total output of 40 watts is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $300. The Comboray G2 LED is worth that for the versatility and fun factor alone and when you’re not tweaking and playing with this flexible device, it will make an attractive LED for your aquarium that straddles the divide between a striplight and a full blown fixture. [Illumagic]