What a wicked cool light!

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Tobes, 6 Aug 2008.

  1. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Hey guys, I'm sure some of you already saw this light somewhere. It's called the Solaris I-4 series and it's more powerful than a 15000K 400w MH. It uses 40% less energy than a 400w MH and live expectancy is 50 000H.

    That's like 11 years if it is used 12h/day. Light can be adjusted from 6500K to 22000K and sunrise, daylight, cloud cover, sunset and the lunar cycle can all be set independantly. WOW!!! I WANT ONE!!! :thumbup: They make them for different size tanks :)

    Check it out at www.pfolighting.com - but hope you're sitting down, you might have to sell one of your children to buy one of these :whistling:
     
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    The Solaris has done the rounds on the forum before, if I not mistaken the cost is well over R10k
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    I obviously missed it :p

    I read that they'll be available in SA this year - for what that light can do, I'll save up for one anytime ;)

    Any idea who might be importing them?
     
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    Yeah Tobes- they are indeed awesome lighting units. Just uncostly for "normal" South Africans. I think they worked out to be aroudnd R30000 in South African Rands?
    BUT indeed - the "next big thing" to come to marines, hey!
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Depending on what size your mini ocean is, I see they're priced from about $935(1 foot tank) - $4012(6 foot tank), ouch!

    I still want it, I'll definitely save up for one for my new tank :)
     
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    For interest sake, I was wondering how much I would cost to build a similar DIY system. My interest stoped when I saw the price of the LED's, lenses and holders. For 1 LED, lens and holder the cost is over R100, and for my size tank the equivelent Solaris (48” $2789) has, I think 100 LEDs.:(
     
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    I looked at a DIY and I have a contact that can get the LEDs and other parts no problem. I got lost when I realized they were control by special boards and I have no clue how to hook them up properly. The LEDs were between R10 and R30 ready to attach to the board. Any genius electricians?
     
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    And most in the UK:(, although there are some competitors products available here. Had a club meet at someones tank last week. 20 sets of leds over his tank (5 LEDS and 12W per unit). Looked good, if a bit dark. Dont think the technology is there yet for sps, but they seem to work fine for lps and softies. General consensus is give it 12 months and see what new and cheaper products will emerge.
     
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    Hi guys if i can sell my light fitting for R8000.00(ati 8x80watt) and the new lights cost under R12000 landed i will take one,the price i got before was much more expensive near to R20000 landed i have mailed them
     
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    Look east. Keeping my hopes on China to copy it at 1/3 of the price :)
     
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    :lol: Very true, just give it time.
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    The thing is, these lights have been released in 2006 already, saw on the website that they might come to SA middle 2008 - that's now! We just need a brave LFS to import one so we can have a look :whistling:
     
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