Vetrex Illumina SR 260 (600) vs Vortech Radion

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Raboebi, 12 Oct 2012.

  1. Raboebi

    Raboebi

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    Hi Guys,

    I would like to hear from you guys which light unit you would prefer, so if you are running one of these, please give me the pro's and con's to each of the units.

    I have a 1200x600x600 tank and would like to hear from people who have these lights wo help me chose which ones I want to go for.

    Thanks for playing with.

    Rabz
     
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  3. Ridwaan

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    here are demos of both

    Ecotech Radion



    Theres lots of videos on You tube...
    Check it out
     
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  4. Raboebi

    Raboebi Thread Starter

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    You have the Vertex Ridwaan, which one between the 2 would you prefer?
     
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    Ive used almost all of them, and the only one ill use is the Vertex.

    For that size tank you will need alot of Radions, where on Vertex you need 1 unit.. Its upgradible and will last a life time...

    The 900mm Vertex unit will easy light your tank. You will need about 2-3 radions at say 10k per unit. where a 900mm vertex should be around 14-15 K and 1 units is enough
     
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    Radions are sick but price vs preformnce the vertex wins but the radion is full spectrum though
     
  7. Pete

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    On the vertex you can add extra pads (UV, Red, Blue):thumbup: Vertex gets my vote here
     
  8. Ridwaan

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    And the vertex pads are upgradeable should you want the latest leds in the future
     
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    gMAN with the plan

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    go with Vertex, I've got the SR200 (900) on my 1.5m unit, couldn't be happier
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    is this on a 1>5m tank? how does it perform? any dull areas?
     
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    gMAN with the plan

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    Not that I can see... 1500x600x600



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  12. Ridwaan

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    @Submariner has a 900 long unit on his 1500x1000x650 sps tank...
    Which is very nice cause the light does not light the glass which if.it did then one would be cleaning the glass more often.
     
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    bollie Advanced Aquarist

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    im a radion user and wont ever ask fro better,i say if you want the best you gt spend the $$$$

    what the guys didnt mention is that the radion nw launched the new TIR lenses that boost peak power by 35-45% and also new lenses angle wider so from the previous 60x60 its nw can cover a tank of 90x90 and if you gna keep sps i would say 2 units but for lps and softies you can use 1 unit raised and turned up to full spectrum..........

    im not saying vertex is no good,cos it is but its like comparing a sun sun to a tunze ,radion obviously being the tunze,vertex is cheap and packs loads of punch but ultimately,im sure all vertex users wanted radion but didnt want to pay the price ofcourse,thats what it boils down to $$$

    oh and not forgetting, radion is also upgradable and early 2013 the PRO clusters are comming out with extra leds and uv aswell
     
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  14. mariusmeyer

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    @bollie, vertex vs radion like sunsun vs tunze? That is the biggest load of bollie anyone has ever spoken. Both are high end units.
     
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    bollie Advanced Aquarist

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    Yeah hey... Wat happens wen you spead read ..... Please read correctly before making shit statements... The whole post was about prices diferences and why people would mainly go for vertex coz of price eficiency, not performance, if u take even more note , u will see that I'm also all up in vertex performance ,so like they describe the sun suns as "bang for the buck" compared to tunzes high end price ,that's how I was describing price eficiency of vertex compared to high price of vortech radions:p
     
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    men i can't belive...you said that
     
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    Am I missing something?He did not mention any $$$$.
     
  18. Andreas

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    Like your comparison:whistling:Vertex is cheap.mmmm. Spending R20000 on a LED unit is not cheap I think. I rather think Vertex is better value for money if you ask me. With a radion you would obviously have to add many more to get the same coverage as a equivalent Vertex unit therefore the added cost. Perhaps a comparison between Tunze and Vortech would've sounded better. Both are probably on a similiar level, but offer different features.

    Raboebi - I'm an owner of a Vertex and without sounding biased, it really is a good quality LED unit. I also like the Radions and the different light spectrums it can simulate as standard. The ultimate question you would need to answer is what are you looking at getting out of a LED unit?
     
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    I have a SR200 - 600mm unit and the build quality is top notch. The Vertex Leds are under driven , meaning they will last longer. The SR200 has been phased out and the SR260 is the standard model. If you looking for extra punch then go with the SR360 with the latest most efficient Cree LEDS. I am getting 2 x SR360 900mm units to light my 2M reef and it will prob be here next week. Just remember that Heat is the number 1 killer for LEDs and if you see the heatsink on the vertex then you will be rest assured that it will do its job in salty conditions. I do not like the idea of the Radions sucking air from below and venting through the top. I think over time it will clog with salt and dust and eventually over heat and kill the Leds.
     
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    No he doesnt. Its a 1200mm unit on a 1500 mixed reef tank
     
  21. Ridwaan

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    Haha..maybe it was a temp unit that i saw...lol
    but it still lit the tank well..
     
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