Maxspect has released images and information about a brand-new LED aquarium light called the MJ-L130. It comprises a fanless, passively cooled fixture measuring 9½”x 4¾”x 1¼”/242x124x28.5mm, populated with 32 light emitting diodes and with a maximum power consumption of 30 watts. Two variants will be available, the MJ-L130, populated with White, Sky Blue, Deep Blue, Violet, and UV LEDs, and the MJ-L130R, the R standing for Refugium, and populated with White, Red, and Deep Blue diodes.
Instead of app control for this slimmed-down Jump light, Maxspect has opted for an inline controller with fixed, one-touch photoperiod programs. These comprise “10000K”, “16000K”, and “SPS Thrive AB+” for the MJ-L130, and “All Purpose,” “Enhanced Growth,” and “Macroalgae Thrive AB+” for the MJ-L130R, with six, ten, and 12-hour photoperiod options for both.
Maxspect has broken with tradition when it comes to the design of the MJ-L130 versus its bigger brother the MJ-L165, ditching the four chip, lensed clusters, Wi-Fi app control, and red and green diodes on the MJ-L130 and instead spreading out the individual diodes across the underside of the fixture and keeping spectrum and control very much simplified.
This is all welcomed as it represents a significant price reduction versus the already great value, double the power MJ-165, and we fully understand why the manufacturer has left out Red and Green diodes in favor of Blue, Violet, and Ultra Violet 395-400nm diodes when they are what modern reefkeepers (and corals,) favor. We want to run the lighting schedule which helps our corals survive and thrive, Maxspect provides that in preset format, making other spectrums and channel control superfluous to our needs.
The Refugium light will appeal to those who need to light Chaetomorpha in their sumps and in moist, salty situations like that, the omission of a fan is probably a good thing. The MJ-L130R may also appeal to the growing number of aquarists who grow macroalgae for ornamental purposes, in planted, saltwater aquascapes.
We were pleasantly surprised by the launch of this new, fun, feature-rich little Maxspect light. Its launch compliments the new Maxspect Dice aquarium, and the price is super value at just $119.99. You can spend more purchasing an algae magnet these days!