MaxSpect Razor LED – Price Competitive!
The MaxSpect Razor LED from CoralVue was introduced in July 2012, to a rabid gaggle of eager adopters. Why? CoralVue makes a pretty strong claim that the MaxSpect Razor is the first LED system to actually beat Metal Halide systems of equal light wattage on price. This has some profound implications for the hobby. LED systems make a whole lot more sense than hot bulbs and clumsy fluorescent tubes, but we’ve all been waiting for the price to reach a reasonable point – it looks like the MaxSpect has gone beyond that, not we get all the benefits without paying extra for LED.
The MaxSpect Razor LED is certainly a good looking piece of lighting. As you can see from the pictures it looks kinda space age. We are truly in the era of LED aquarium lighting now. Razor is not just a marketing tag, it really is razor-thin. The aluminium body unit is approximately one inch in height. The length goes from a minimum 24″ to a maximum 72″ tank top mount.
It’s a credit to the designers as they had to have enough heatfins to dissipate the heat from a total of 150 watts from all those LEDs. The fins are of the open design, allowing air to pass through the gaps in the fins taking the heat away passively. The MaxSpect Razor has the looks, thin profile, sleek top in a very compact 24 inches, but we are not looking to buy a modernist work of art. What will our corals look like under it?
Say Goodbye To Overheating Bulbs
For this price the Maxpect Razor fixture is competing against Metal Halide systems of equivalent wattage. This is an exciting moment in LED lighting as we no longer have to pay a premium for all the great advantages of an LED system. If you have never owned a complete LED lighting fixture before, this is the time to make the change.
Once you’ve experienced the convenience, ease of use, reliability, fine control, cool running and energy efficiency of LED aquarium lighting, there is no going back.
Fit For The Living Room
The Razor LED Lighting System comes with both hanging pendant mounts, and a mounting frame to go directly on the tank top. The Razor is completely passively cooled, no fans are needed – thanks to the heatfin design. Silent running is another bonus of the heat sink design. The high intensity LED chips are from Cree, with chips from Epiled to provide actinic lighting to get that Chlorophyll busy photosynthesizing.
You’re in Control
Two versions of the MaxSpect Razor are available. First is the Razor LED M10K, in standard mode gives color temperature around 10000K. Second is the Razor LED M16K, this gives color temperature of around 16000K. Of course you can change the color in the user settings, that’s the beauty of LEDs.
This design is child of the Mazara family, as we can see by the family features: controller built-in, two channels, set six time control points per channel to sculpt your lighting photoperiod. Where the MaxSpect Razor differs is the amount of control you have, you can’t set individual LEDs, rather each module is a single unit of thirteen LEDs. For the price, we can’t be too fussy about it – are we starting to get spoiled?
The Razor LEDs modules are controlled using two channels. The white channel consists of four cool white 8000K Cree XT-E LEDs each, and two warm white 3000K Cree XT-E LEDs.
The blue channel consists of three blue Cree XP-E LEDs, two royal blue Cree XT-E LEDs, and two violet Epiled LEDs. The M16000K version replaces the two cool whites with royal blues.
Now you may be wondering what the point of two different versions are when the user can control the color temperature. Well, the closer you start to the final color temperature, the less you have to reduce the light output from either white or blue channel.