We received our first shipment of PFO's new Solaris LED light fixtures a week ago today. This is worth noting since the new Solaris LEDs are from the I5 series. The Solaris G, H and I4 were manufacturered in China, versus these made in the states versions which are reputed to be of a much higher quality (thus costing a little more). The old models are still being sold in some LFS and online, so just in case you were looking for a price match (which we normally do) our customer service department wouldn't be able to accomodate you in this instance since all we carry now are the new I5 series. We sold out of all the others some time ago. We, of course, have these lights before anyone else so please check 'em out when you've got some time and leave a comment if you've got some info, experience or links to share.
In case you're not familiar with the Solaris, it is an LED lighting system designed to replace traditional metal halide and fluorescent lighting fixtures for reef aquariums. The current design produces PAR light output levels equal to a 250-watt metal halide 20K lamp and uses 40% less energy. The life of LEDs is somewhere in the ballpark of 50,000 hours, nearly eliminating the need for bulb replacements. Another difference between LEDs, metal halides and fluorescents is that LEDs will radiate heat up and away from the aquarium. With your water temperature unchanged, you may not even need a chiller (that is, if you ever needed one in the first place). The onboard AC works only half the time since the fixtures produce half the heat of metal halides, saving you considerable dough over time.
A built-in microprocessor controls the Solaris, eliminating the need for timers and allows the user to dim actinic blue LEDs, white LEDs, lunar actinic blue LEDs and lunar actinic white LEs independently from 0 to 100 percent. This dimming capability presents many opportunities: light can be adjusted from 6.5K to 22K (and anywhere in between) to set the ideal color temperature. Sunrise, daylight, cloud cover, sunset and the lunar cycle can all be set independently.
We have 6 sizes available, ranging in price from $948.00 to $3,998.00. It may seem like a lot of money up front but the time and money you'll save in the long run make these a worthwhile investment. Plus, we offer no payments for 90 days on all of these lighting fixtures if you pay with Bill Me Later.