RSS It’s Back! 2012 LED Showdown — You Decide

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    The Reef Builders LED showdown is back! Last year we had a lot of fun letting you choose who you thought was the “top dog” in the LED showdown and wanted to let you all have the chance to weigh in on who you think should be named the top LED light of 2012. We wish we could line them all up and let them perform side-by-side to let you all chose, but we can’t do that so instead we will let you share your opinion on who you’d put over your corals in a head-to-head bracketology smackdown. Just like last year, we decided to lay it out March Madness style. We did our best to have a balanced bracket with a good selection and variety of lighting options in each pool. The method is simple — you vote on which of the two lights you like in each head-to-head poll and the winner will advance. Whatever light makes it through the gauntlet will earn honors as the 2012 Reef Builders LED Showdown Champion. The initial set of polls are open until 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, January 17.*We decided to make this all about lights that were not only introduced in 2012, but began shipping in 2012. You will notice a few lights may not be mentioned because we had covered them in the 2011 contest.

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    Econolux SolarStinger NanoFlex/Cluster LED*vs.*Kessil A350/A350W Spotlight
    The*Econolux SolarStinger NanoFlex*and Cluster LED have Econlux’s rainbow cluster LED, are passively cooled and have flexible mounting options including tank and side mounts are available in both freshwater and marine configurations.The Kessil A350 and Kessil A350W are powerful spotlight pendants with*multiple LED colors, two channels of manual control, inaudible active cooling and a great price.



    Take Our PollVertex Illumina 260, 320, 360*vs. Reef Breeders 144W
    Vertex Illumina 260, 320, 360*packed in CREE XTE diodes separated specifically by binning targeting different performance levels in three upgraded and high-performance models. The Reef Breeders 144W uses*a modular design, has*full controls through both a remote and an on fixture controller and a built in timer.



    Take Our PollCoralife Aqualight LED vs. CadLights Multichip LED
    Coralife Aqualight LED comes with a built in controller, some degree of color control and is loaded with Cree XP-sized LED chips in both blue and white. Coming in 30, 50 and 100W flavors, the CadLights Multichip LED*feature built in timers and dimming controls of the supplemental LEDs and*includes remote which also helps in programming the *lights.



    Take Our PollSchuber Wright LED vs. Tunze LED Strip Lights
    Schuber Wright LED *4W spotlight has an attractive side mounting arm and comes in an actinic blue color with a desirable low wavelength peak between 439 and 456 nm or a white color with an 8000K color temperature. The Tunze LED strip lights are waterproof with magnetic mounts with*two channels of LEDs which will be independently controllable with the Tunze multicontroller.



    Take Our PollAcanLighting Prism*vs.*GHL Mitras LX 6100
    The*AcanLighting Prism LED*is a veritable cornucopia of different LED colors with more than eight colors of LEDs*AcanLighting Prism has three channels of color control.*GHL Mitras LX 6100 LED packs some serious punch, featuring nine separate dimmable channels of multicolor LED lighting. An on*board controller allows the user to modify settings on the fixture and a USB interface for advanced programming.



    Take Our PollPanorama Marine/Actinic LED vs. AquaLighter LED Nano and Striplights
    The Panorama Marine LED and Panorama Actinic LED come in longer lengths and are a solid option for longer tanks. THe simple, yet powerful strips are equipped with a single long common reflector, tank mounting brackets and retrofit kit to fasten them into a canopy. The AquaLighter LED Striplights and AquaLighter LED Nano are some neat lights from the Ukraine that offer a nice looking, affordable light in freshwater and marine flavors.



    Take Our PollStarkLED BluNova vs.*Sunbrite F-Series
    The StarkLED*BlueNova has built wireless capability and control with three LED arrays of CREE XM-L Cool White, XP-E Blue and Royal Blue 5W LEDs all running at 5 watts. The SunBrite F-Series V1 and*SunBrite F-Series V2*are both WiFi enabled that is*fully controllable via an iphone app and has an array of Cree, Osram and UV LEDs. The V2 offers individual reflectors.



    Take Our PollBlau Nano vs. Elos Elite 3
    Small and sleek with two channels of LED control, the Blau Nano features*feature*36 white LEDs and 24 blue LEDs and is an affordable option for smaller tanks. The Elos E-Lite 3 features customization and*upgrade-ability*options with interchangeable tops for easy color matching with your room and features replaceable LEDs.



    Take Our PollFinnex Siriya LED vs. AquaIllumination Vega Color/Vega Blue
    The Finnex Siraya LED fixture sports three Schuber Wright AC LED spotlights, yup AC not DC LEDs that run cooler and more*efficient*than a DC spotlight. The AquaIllumination Vega Color and*Vega Blue lights each have 20 channels of control independently of the others with wireless control.



    Take Our PollMaxspect Mazzarra X vs.*E.Shine Aquasun
    The E.Shine AquaSun has 36 LEDs featuring a 50/50 mixture of Cree XP-E Royal Blues and XP-G Cool Whites with built in timer and controller to dial in the light to suit your needs. The Maxspect Mazzarra X is a big step up for the other Mazzarra models*with full-spectrum lighting and a built in controller of the Master unit.



    Take Our PollSicce Minu LED vs. Pacific Sun Triton R2
    The Sicce Minu LED has 72 cool white LEDs and 4 royal blue LEDs for a combined total power of 20 watts in a svelte little package. The Pacific Sun Triton R2 is a*modular LED aquarium fixture with a blend of 10 different LEDs grouped into eight channels of control that is available as either master or slave unit.



    Take Our PollEheim*PowerLED vs. Build My LED
    Eheim PowerLED has three color combinations — one with all blue diodes, one with a third blue and two thirds white diodes and one with two thirds blue and one third white diodes. With Build My LED you choose your own strip light features, select a preconfigured model or drag-and-drop to create your own from*16 different colors of Philips LumiLED Rebel diodes and then your choice between three different beam angles, all at one low price per length.



    Take Our PollXenoxon CoralStar LED vs.*Maxspect Razor*
    The Xenoxon Coralstar LED fixtures have some fresh and funky body colors and rely on panels of 1W LED clusters and are also available in a controllable versions. The Maxspect Razor replaced the individually replaceable LEDs with mutliple diode printed circuit boards to make swapping out LEDs much easier. The Razor also has a built-in controller, dual channel control, and six time points per channel to set your lighting schedule.



    Take Our PollGiesemann Teszla/Futura vs. Orphek Nilus
    The Giesemann Teszla*is the*basic impressive LED platform from the German lighting giant and the Giesemann Futura is a beefed up, supersized and radio controlled version of the Teszla. The Orphek Nilus is loaded with four LED colors — 30 White LEDs, 22 Blue LEDs, 4 Red LEDs and 4 UV/true violet LEDs — and is rated at 120W, which is more than enough for most reef setups.



    Take Our PollAquatic Life 3W/1W vs. Volx Grassy Solare
    The AquaticLife 3W flagship light comes in at a total of 78 watts, made up of white, blue, royal blue and red Cree LEDs. The fixture is fully dimmable and allows up to 18 programmable color combinations, and features like cloud and storm simulation.*The Volx*Grassy Solare LED has aimed to replicate reef lighting spectrums found at five meters of water clear water and features four colors of blue LEDs.



    Take Our PollVeritas Eclipse Smart vs.*LEDtric iNSPIRE
    The Veritas Controls Eclipse Smart LED has four colors of Cree XP-E and Cree XP-G LEDs (cool white, royal blue, red and green), wireless control, and a mobile application to rule it all. The LEDtric iNSPRE has five colors of LEDs to give you a full*spectrum*controllable via remote control with 55 LEDs.




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    maybe why no Radion....
     
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    Actually getting tired of all the focus being placed on LEDs. Lighting isnt the sole piece of equipment that makes tanks successful, maybe the other things should also get their turn ion the spotlight. It really seems like companies are trying to take advantage of this fad by adding an extra led or two to their fixture, maybe a new colour chip, and then making unfounded claims that its the best ever.
     
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    Yes, focus on your return pump as an example. What is its power consumption? Take into account that it runs 24/7 and continuously chows power, where your lights are only on half or less of a day.

    Get us efficient pumps. Well, the DC pumps eventually seems to be something in the right dimension.
     
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    Exactly. Id like to read a proper review on dc return pumps to see how they compare to regular ones.

    But not only hardware, i wouldnt mind seeing a comparison of additives. We all have our favourite brands and mixtures but a solid test showing which ones are good and which are basically placebos would be interesting.
     
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    like a Car magazine hot hatch show down.

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    forget skimmers.... there are so many makes and preferences... But would be nice to get skimmers for a 500L tank compared.
     
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    Im going back to MH and T5
    Im tired of all this LED marketing hype and everyone trying to compare against MH and how much power you gonna save etc...

    MH and T5 has brought me great success in the past and im gonna stop listening to the LED stories and focus on other stuff that will ensure a better life for the animals I keep.

    It was nice to try the differant type of LEDs, but i really dont need so many differant colour LEDs to give me the same spectrum of a MH or T5 only to find out a month later theres better LED chips etc...

    Im just gonna pop in my MH or T5 bulbs and forget about it until its time to change because its more affordable for me to change MH or T5 bulbs after a year then to dish out a lump sum of money one shot...

    It works for me and it might not work for you..You might a gree or disagree..This is just my opinion...LOL!
     
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    You change tanks more often than T5/MH's need to be changed anyway :p
    But yes, with a T5 it doesn't matter if a newer/better bulb comes out because you'll just grab that one next time you replace, but with LED's supposedly being an investment for a much longer time you're going to either be stuck with it or have to sell and upgrade anyway.
     
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