The Quanta Story
The Quanta voyage takes us back to 2019 and when I started questioning reef tank lighting, the options on the market, the high cost of LED lights, complicated apps to control the lights, and the idea that there was room for innovation and cost reduction in the LED lighting market. At the time I had all types of reef lighting: Metal Halide, T-5, and LED so I just kept studying the advantages and disadvantages of each lighting type.
Around 2020 I started to make my own LED lights. I worked on improving spectrum blending, using different combinations of LEDs, and started mastering LED lighting technology. I finally pulled the trigger and bought all the tools and equipment needed to develop and evaluate lights. By mid-2020 I had built an official R&D setup that pumps out quality data that can be trusted. Data drives decisions. Data helps you find better solutions. Data confirms developmental progress. Around this time I accepted the fact that metal halide and T-5 lighting will become obsolete due to tightening regulations surrounding the mercury in the bulbs. This really put my LED development work into high gear.
If T-5 lighting was going away, why was there not another option that mimicked T-5 lighting? The spectrum of the most famous T-5 bulb, the ATI Blue Plus, could not be replicated by any LED lights on the market. I found my space in the reef lighting market, producing a LED light that could replace T-5 lighting in all aspects. I am referring to coverage, spectral blending, and outright spectrum. No disco effect, no fake spectrums that don’t match up in the real-world testing, no compromises. I set a goal for premium lighting that must be affordable. So my vision was realized: build simple LED lights that offer pick and choose spectrums and provide a blanket of blended light.
The principles that I adhere to:
Use science and data first. I designed my lights to better emulate natural seawater light. This means fewer reds and more violet and cyan. My light bars represent the most applicable spectrums for the reefing aquarist. Four spectrums are designed to complement each other.
Dedicate additional engineering work on the thermodynamic design of the light bars to ensure the LED diodes are kept cool and able to operate at optimum efficiency and longevity. Build light bars that are robust and can stand up to the normal rigors of a reef aquarium.
Provide guidance to the customer so you can have confidence when choosing your light bars. Take the guesswork and confusion out of the process. Hobbyist can worry about other aspects of their reef tank, I have you covered for your lighting needs. I want to address the unanswered questions and needs of hobbyists with my product line.
I promise to keep my business focused on a hobbyist-to-hobbyist mindset. I will design what you want and need. Use my engineering skillset to produce the best product. Cut out the middleman and go directly to the customer. Put more money into my products and reduce the price to the customer.
Call me crazy but I think the reefing hobbyist needs a break from the high prices. I will keep all of my products simple to use and simple to understand. We don’t need 7 channels of control on our lights to grow corals, we don’t need gimmicks. We need FREE mounting options included with each light and in addition I have gone open source on 3D printed mounting options. I mean this is what a hobbyist would do for another hobbyist, right?
Thank you for reading this!