Dave here. I just got back from a trip to California to visit with the folks from Ecoxotic, a new aquarium lighting company that specializes in LED technology. Many thanks to Ecoxotic for the opportunity,not only was the trip informative, but it is much warmer in southern California than it is here in frosty Pennsylvania. Ecoxotic has just started shipping product this month, and we will have it here at TFP very soon, so I wanted to give a quick rundown of the new products that we will be carrying from this exciting new company.
LED technology (Light Emitting Diode) has been around for quite a few years in the aquarium hobby, mostly as “night lights” in traditional fluorescent and metal halide fixtures, or as supplemental lighting like the Current PowerBrite lighting systems. LED lights are extremely energy efficient, produce little heat, have a usable lifespan up to 50,000 hours, and they’re environmentally friendly, as they have no mercury like other aquarium bulbs. As the technology has advanced over the last few years, we have started to see more applications for the LED lights that include high output versions, and complete aquarium lighting systems.
Ecoxotic has come out with a line of LED aquarium lighting equipment that, as their tag line states, is “Endangering the Status Quo”. There are three main products included in the launch of the Ecoxotic line; The Panorama light fixture, The Panorama Module, and the Stunner LED strip.
The Panorama light fixtures come in two models, a 171/2” and a 23 ½” version. These two fixtures can be used on aquariums as small as 18” to as long as you need using multiple units (for example, a 48” aquarium is well lit using two 23 ½” inch Panorama units) The Panorama units come complete with everything that you need to set up the lights including a well designed mounting system that has a handy tilting feature for aquarium maintenance. The Panorama units use a combination of 8000K and 453nm actinic LED bulbs to provide a full spectrum light source, capable of supporting a reef aquarium. Ecoxotic has tested these lighting systems on corals for over a year with great success. These units have no moving parts, and are completely quiet, and produce virtually no heat, eliminating the need for chillers or other cooling equipment. The heart of the panorama fixtures is the panorama module, which I will explain below. Each module has its own 12v power supply, and are easily replace, with the units user friendly design. The 17 ½” fixture uses four panorama modules, and the 23 1/2’’ model uses 6 modules. As an introductory offer every new Panorama fixture will also include one Stunner LED actinic strip, which I will also explain below.
The Panorama module is a sealed LED strip, with an acrylic lens cover, each module has 12 one watt high output LED bulbs Eight 8000K, and four 453nm actinic in each module. These modules are a component of the Panorama fixture, and are also sold individually as a module for a complete retrofit lighting option.
The Stunner LED strips are a very cool product, with many uses, and comes in four different light spectrums for most any aquarium application. Each Stunner has twenty four 1/4watt LED bulbs for a total of 6 watts each. The Stunners are available in an 8000k, 453nm actinic, 403nm ultraviolet, and a 8000k/453nm actinic combo light spectrum. The strips are sold individually, and require a 24v power transformer, also sold separately. The 24v transformer can power up to 6 Stunners, which can be linked together with their included connectors. There are several ways to mount the stunner strips, included with each is adhesive tape, special mounting clips, or there are also screw holes in the end of the units for maximum flexibility depending on application..
We are really excited about these new products here at TFP, we will have them in stock soon, and we will have some working displays up here in our retail store in the coming weeks. Check out our website, or stop in to have a look at these cool new lights