MACNA preview: Illumagic Blaze Series Advance Version LED lighting system

by | Aug 31, 2011 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

illumagicCollage.jpgThe Illumagic Advance Version retains much of the ALC system and can be considered as the second generation ALC. The main engineering difference is that the LED circuit boards are further integrated into a complete modular system for better controllability and efficient assembly.

The Advance Version is now fully programmable.  The first generation ALC system operated with selectable but fixed lighting modes.  That’s all changed with the Advance Version.  The new fixture allows users to program their own lighting curves for three distinct channels, allowing for fully customizable color and intensity output, including gradual ramp up/down sunrise/sunset programs and moonlight programs.

Moreover, the new Advance Version fixtures are now equipped with 75 degree silicone optical lens modules to improve light penetration … something the previous ALC system lacked.  The lens is made of thermal and UV stable silicone material in consideration of the lifespan. According to Illumagic, the light intensity has been increased 100% without significant loss to light spread.

The Advance Version can communicate from one unit to another via an I/O port in what Illumagic calls a Master/Slave system.  Master fixtures contain the controller while more affordable slave fixtures do not.  This allows for system expandability without redundant controllers, thus lowering cost while providing scalability.

As for the LEDs themselves …

The Illumagic Advance Version (reef/saltwater “S” model) uses a mix of neutral white, cool white, blue and royal blue 3.5 watt Cree XP series LEDs and 1 watt Polar UV and purple LEDs. The diodes are linked in three distinct, independently-controllable channels.  The two white LEDs are paired in one channel, the two blue LEDs in another, and the  UV and purple LEDs form the the final grouping.

All fixtures have built-in “thermo-sensitive” top-mounted cooling fans. The rotational speed of the fan is automatically controlled by a temperature sensor.

The Fixture measures 6 inches wide and is available in the following lengths: 18”, 24”, 36”, 48”.  All fixtures come with a hanging kit and mounting legs.

Please visit Marinetech Innovations, Inc’s MACNA booth and website for more information about Illumagic’s new Advance Version LED lighting system.




  • Leonard Ho

    I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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