Pacific Sun is out to prove T5 lighting is still a worthy contender
In August of this year, Pacific Sun announced their new Diuna T5 lighting system. The Diuna is available in multiple configurations and wattages: from 8x39 watt to 10x80 watt high output T5s.
Pacific Sun released retail pricing (in Euros) for the entire Diuna line:
Diuna T5 8x39W 540x920mm 312W €695.00
Diuna T5 8x54W 540x1220mm 432W €750.00
Diuna T5 8x80W 540x1620mm 640W €899.00
Diuna T5 10x39W 650x920mm 390W €885.00
Diuna T5 10x54W 650x1220mm 540W €945.00
Diuna T5 10x80W 650x1620mm 800W €1,135.00
Pacific Sun knows that power is nothing without control. The most notable feature of their new T5 lighting system is its four channel wireless (via Bluetooth) control system.
Pacific Sun provided us a first look at their "Bali" control software, which works with PC, Mac, and Android platforms. Looking over these screenshots reveal a software that is impressively full-featured, flexible, and easy to use. All Diuna units feature four channels of independent control for the 8 to 10 T5s housed in the fixture. Users can assign different on and off times for each channel as well as set custom moon cycle simulations. Speaking of moon cycle, all Diuna models come with built-in a LED moonlight with a special lens that distributes the moonlight over the length of the fixture.
The software will also calculate bulb usage in order to notify owners when it is time to replace bulbs. This is particularly useful because of the separate control channels. Each channel can operate for differing (user-specified) durations. Instead of replacing all bulbs on an estimated yearly basis, users can now replace them based on actual run-time.
New Pacific Sun T5 bulbs
To top off this T5 extravaganza, Pacific Sun also announced five new T5 bulbs with the following introductory retail prices:
T5 24W (all models) - 11.90 EUR
T5 39W (all models) - 12.90 EUR
T5 54W (all models) - 14.90 EUR
T5 80W (all models) - 16.90 EUR
CrystalUV - (super actinic / true violet with UV)
CrystalBlue (Actinic blue light with wide output spectrum)
Pigment INT+ (Shallow Water tube with additional pinkt / red / violet peaks)
Shallow Water - typical 18.000K T5 tube
Spectra+ - 19.500K tube (mix of Shallow Water T5 and T5 tube CrystalBlue)
Pacific Sun also supplied Advanced Aquarist with spectral comparisons to other popular T5 bulbs: