Despite being available in the hobby for years, the GNC BluRay LED lights remain one of the most unique aquarium light fixtures consisting of countless LEDs spread across the entire area of the light. The GNC BluRay Pro and M Pro simply exude Italian style with a beautiful solid machined aluminum heatsink backed by a crystal clear acrylic face with no fans to mar the shape of the light or to create any noise.
The combination of blue-heavy light spectrum with just a smattering of white, red and UV LEDs create a very pleasing color and a completely uniform light field that is as diffused as T5 fluorescent lighting since there are no primary or secondary lenses. Even the way that the light is mounted or suspended is just as sleek and elegant as the light fixture with thoughtfully considered mounting points that preserve the style of the BluRay over your tank.
All those LEDs come with a cost and for years the GNC BluRay in all its sizes have been a little bit on the pricey side but U.S. distributor Aquarium Partners has just enabled a price drop which sees the GNC LED lights becoming a significantly more attractive investment for your reef tank. The GNC BluRay M Pro with 65 watts of power and nearly 300 LEDs just went from $699 to $599 while the flagship GNC BluRay Pro with 130 watts of power and nearly 600 LEDs just shaved more than two hundred bucks off going from $1149 to $979.
You’ll have to shell out a little more for the mounting kit to rest on your aquarium but each light does come with a set of hanging hardware, which is our preferred method of installing LED lights over our aquariums. These prices are ‘semi-permanent’ and subject to increase at a later date but for now the BluRay Pro is on par with other flagship LED lights like the Radion G6 and Neptune Systems SKY in price, power and performance even if the feature set and controllability are quite different.