The Maxspect Razor shook things up a bit in the LED aquarium lighting world. It offered high output, a built in timer that could ramp up/down, a version that could cover more than 24", and a lower price point. Since it's release, it's been a fan favorite.
|What's in the box: light fixture, driver, hanging wires, and mounting legs (legs were removed from box before picture).|
The Razor features the benefits that it can be either mounted on the aquarium directly, or hang from the ceiling (or other method). The fixture includes the legs and the hanging wires, so both options are available to you. The only thing you would need to hang the light is hardware to connect to the ceiling.
|Mounting legs (included)|
|Width of mounting bracket.|
The mounting legs will set the height of the light at around 6.5" above the water level. When suspending it from the ceiling, 6-8 inches would be a good starting point. Hanging or mounting to the aquarium are essentially a personal choice in this as both are nice options. The model I tested was the 27" model, which will extend up to 48"! While technically usable on a 48" aquarium, I wouldn't recommend using it for more than a 36" due to shadowing.
|Installing the thumb screw for the mounting legs.|
|Thumb screws installed.|
|Side view of light without mounting legs and with hanging bolts connected|
There are three LED groups (pucks/modules?), which provide the option or ability to use this light on an aquarium of 36" with fair coverage. At lower percentages, I noticed some shadowing towards the sides of the aquarium. One the light was turned up to 70% (and higher), the shadowing was unnoticeable. If my rock work was centered, it wouldn't be a problem.
Coverage for the 20.5" would be around 30" and the 27" should cover around 36" well. They lights are technically sold for use on aquariums up to 36" and 48" respectively. Check out CoralVue's site for more detailed information: http://www.coralvue.com/aquarium-lighting/r420r-120watt-maxspect-led-lighting-fixture.html.
|Other side view showing timer view|
|Timer display when fixture is plugged in and turned on.|
|The top of my aquarium with glass lid on.|
|Timer and mounting legs.|
|The light installed on the reef. Running at 35% intensity.|
Until next time...