View Full Version : lumen max 3

04/05/2011, 10:52 AM
Anyone use this particular reflector, need some input on it.

04/05/2011, 11:45 AM
Great reflectors, especially if you are tight on space. I've used them...but I mostly use the "3" version for the SE bulbs.

04/05/2011, 05:55 PM
I have two of these that I've used in my canopy for about three yrs. They worked great for me! I used them along with Ice Cap 250w ballasts and Ushio 20k lamps. I also had 4-T-5 lamps in my canopy. My corals grew like no ones business! Always had great color in all of my LPS and my SPS's. It was a bit bright for the softies and chalice corals though.

I went with these because the constraints of my canopy. They were the smallest footprint pendants I could fit in there. Lamp life was good, even with no fans in the canopy. I only replaced lamps once a year, I never noticed the corals reacting negatively.

I just broke down that system and removed them. Time to clean the salt off and polish the glass and post for sale. ;)

04/05/2011, 10:37 PM
second that . i have 1 sets of them. 3 on my 180 with 250s and my 40 with 150s . they are great and give super growth. i hve the 3s on my 40 and 2s on my 180

04/06/2011, 09:41 PM
thank you for the input, definitely going to get one.

04/06/2011, 09:50 PM
I would go with Cayman Sun 250 watt over Lumen Max 3.

When we tested Cayman Sun 250 watt HQI versus LM3 with an Apogee Par meter - both with same PHX bulbs and HQI ballast - the Cayman Sun was putting out 30% higher PAR numbers versus the Lumen Max 3.

I am using two Cayman Sun 250 watt on one of my tanks now and they work great.


04/08/2011, 08:16 PM
Reefknight did you have to cut the wires to connect the reflector to the icecap ballast?

04/09/2011, 08:38 AM
I purchased a very lightly used IC 250w ballast from a friend who owns a store in Atlanta. He had already cut the cord on the ballast and had it wired (straight) to his lamp socket. I purchased the female recepticle plug from Premium Aquatics and spliced it onto the ballast wires. (see link below) Worked like a charm for almost 4yrs! I would still be using these, but decided to go T-5 for a while.


04/09/2011, 10:07 AM
thanks reefknight, was planning on doing that or getting a galaxy ballast.