Thursday, July 31, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Radion XR15w Pro: A new, smaller Radion light from EcoTech Marine for small to medium-sized aquariums
The Radion family of LED aquarium lights is growing!
You read that right: the Radion XR30 will soon be getting a little brother. EcoTech Marine has been working tirelessly to create a new, smaller Radion LED to compliment the highly successful XR30w.
Compact and powerful, the Radion XR15w Pro is specifically designed to meet the lighting requirements of the most popular marine tank sizes.
The XR15w Pro is also fully programmable with seamless EcoSmart Live integration.
The XR15w Pro features the same great spectrum, same features and same warranty as the XR30w Pro (one year for the fixture; two years for the LEDs).
With one cluster, half the wattage, a 24" coverage area and a lower price point, the XR15w Pro is the perfect solution for small to medium-sized aquariums where the full output of the XR30w platform is not necessary.
Sleek and powerful, everything that makes the Radion the best aquarium lighting solution for large tanks is now an option for smaller tanks. The XR15w Pro incorporates the same high output LEDs from Cree, SemiLED and OSRAM as the XR30w Pro, just fewer of them.
With 21 high-quality energy efficient LEDs covering the full light spectrum, the XR15w Pro is perfect if you are setting up a small cube style or shallow all-in-one tank.
The spread of the new XR15w Pro is 2' x 2'. The XR15w Pro comes with Wide Angle TIR Optics installed standard so the spread from one cluster is not much less than the spread from two clusters located inches apart on an XR30.
What is different however is the PAR at the same % output. You will achieve less PAR with an XR15w Pro versus an an XR30 model. The XR15w Pro is ideal for shallow tanks where PAR at depth is not necessary.
The maximum power of the new Radion XR15w Pro is 85 watts with a maximum PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) of 825. The chart below shows distribution 12" below the light fixture.
The fixture itself is squared-shaped, as you can see see in the images EcoTech Marine provided for this blog post. The Radion XR15w Pro is 7" x 7" with a height of only 1.5" (which is the same height of both the XR30w and XR30w Pro).
- Full spectrum + UV
- Output optimized for coral growth
- Preconfigured outputs matching popular Kelvin ratings
- Perfect for recreating natural lighting conditions
- 24 hour customizable program schedule
- Independent day and night periods with lunar calendar
- Acclimation mode for ease of integration with your tank
- Weather condition simulation
- Seamlessly compatible with EcoSmart Live
- ReefLink and VorTech integration
- Includes RF Module
- Compatible with all “W” enabled EcoTech Marine products
- Integrate lighting and flow using ReefLink and ESL
- iOS and Android device control with ReefLink
I can already envision her in EcoSmart Live on the iPad playing with the light settings. I was planning to upgrade my light anyway, so I'm stoked to try a Radion over my 19" x 19" nano. I have a VorTech MP10wES and battery backup that would love a new friend to play with!
One last noteworthy piece of news before you go back to salivating over the XR15w Pro photos. EcoTech Marine will begin shipping Radion Mounting System (RMS) brackets to retailers like Marine Depot in the next few months so that you can mount your Radion right on your tank rather than using an aquarium stand fixture hanger or suspend it from the ceiling.
Reefbuilders posted photos of the RMS bracket in EcoTech's booth at InterZoo 2014 and reported the price will be $99. EcoTech has indicated that more comprehensive information about the RMS will be available in July.
If you are an early adopter and want to be one of the first to get your hands on the new Radion XR15w Pro, head over to our site now to place your order! We can't wait to hear what you think about it.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
EcoSmart Live is a forward thinking, easy to use, and powerful command center to control and interface with your EcoTech Marine products. Reef aquarium technology has been accelerating at a blinding rate over the last few years. ESL ensures that your EcoTech Marine products, no matter when you purchased them, are capable of keeping up with the pack.
|Welcome to the new EcoSmart Live|
|EcoSmart Live VorTech Live Demo|
|EcoSmart Live VorTech Wave Generator|
|EcoSmart Live VorTech Settings|
|EcoSmart Live VorTech Schedule|
Whether you bought your VorTech the first year it came out, or just last week, EcoTech Marine has always been committed to the premise of backward compatibility for all of their products. In line with this long term commitment to their customers, the latest update to ESL gives new life to the pump we all know and love.
|EcoSmart Live Device Manager|
|EcoSmart Live Manage Account|
- All new web design provides quick and convenient access to your Radions, VorTechs, and device
- VorTech control! Import pumps, upgrade them, schedule modes, adjust settings, and demo your
- VorTech pumps to dial in and wow friends, family and house guests from the website.
- Creating gyres has never been easier by pairing master and slave pumps visually in ESL.
- Create, preview, and save waves for your VorTechs.
- Call various saved waves with the click of a button.
- Initiate VorTech Feed Mode with one click.
- Fine tuning control of VorTech feed mode, night mode, and battery backup mode speeds and
- Manage your Radions and VorTechs in your various aquariums using the redesigned, simpler and
- more elegant Device Manager.
- Create aquariums and apply realistic positions for your VorTechs and Radions to define a
- representation of your actual reef tank.
This major ESL update will be released today as a beta with limited slots available. If you don’t get in to the beta program initially, don’t worry. The slots available will be increasing regularly so keep checking and rest assured that once it is ready for prime time we will open it to everyone.
To get started using the most comprehensive release of ESL to date, simply log into EcoSmart Live and check the “Participate in Beta Releases” checkbox from Settings > Manage Account. That’s it!
|EcoSmart Live Radion Schedule|
|EcoSmart Live Aquarium Layout|
Welcome to the future of Reefkeeping. Welcome to ESL.
Friday, January 17, 2014
You may know it better as “super glue” or even "frag glue." After experimenting with many different brands of cyanoacrylate, I have discovered not all cyanoacrylate are created equal and some are clearly better than others.
Monday, January 13, 2014
EcoTech Marine Generation 3 Radion LED Aquarium Light Fixtures: Everything there is to know (so far)
The first thing you'll notice is the sleek updated design, including illuminated tactile buttons...
- The G3 base model now includes indigo/UV LEDs, providing more output, and a wider spectrum than its predecessor the G2.
- The G3 Pro model further raises the bar for max PAR and spectral output by taking advantage of top bin Cree XP-G2 and Osram Oslon Square LEDs.
For 2014, EcoTech is updating its award-winning LED light fixture models. Both the base and Pro models are being revised to incorporate updates in LED technology as well as minor design changes to improve aesthetics, simplify service, and modify the on-fixture user interface.
The exterior has evolved; hard edges and contrasting materials have been replaced with a one-piece lens frame that tapers to the lenses and improves the base form factor.
Now introducing the addition of UV and Indigo LEDs to the XR30wG3. Efficiency gained from new Cree and OSRAM LEDS allows for the addition of 6 more LEDs with only a 10W net increase in power consumption.
THE NEW CLUSTERS
2014 brings some new offerings from the top LED manufacturers—resulting in changes to the LEDs used in the XR30wG3 and XR30wG3 Pro.
|XR30wG3 LED Cluster (2 used per fixture)|
|XR30wG3 Pro LED Cluster (2 used per fixture)|
As with new product versions of the past—with the generation 3 EcoTech has done its best to maintain backwards compatibility by offering retrofit and upgrade options.
Will XR30wG2 and XR30wPRO fixtures still be available?
The Gen2 and original PRO fixtures will no longer be manufactured. There will be existing inventory available to purchase for a while, though.
Will XR30wG2 and XR30wPRO fixtures still be supported?
Yes. All previous Radion models will be supported with respect to service, upgradeability, EcoSmartLive, etc. for as long as the capability exists to support them.
Will Gen2 and Gen3 (and Pro versions) of the Radion fixtures be usable together?
Yes. All Radion versions will work together. The new models can be tuned to match the color output of the previous models. EcoSmartLive will support all versions of the Radion.
Will Gen1 to Gen2 and Gen1 to PRO upgrade kits still be offered?
No. The only retrofit path that will exist for previous model fixtures is the installation of Gen 3 and Gen3 PRO clusters.
Will Gen3 and Gen 3 Pro fixtures work with ESL (EcoSmartLive)?
Yes. EcoSmartLive is not tied to any product or generation of product—ESL supports all products including the Gen 3 and Gen 3 PRO.
Will Gen3 and Gen 3 Pro fixtures work with the original desktop configuration utility?
No. EcoTech discontinued development on the original desktop utility in 2012. EcoSmartLive provides more features, is easier to use and incorporates many new updates to improve performance and program reliability. The Gen3 and Gen3 PRO units should be used with EcoSmartLive.
What if there is no internet available to setup Gen3 and Gen3 PRO Radions using EcoSmartLive?
You can still run the Gen3 and Gen3 PRO like a traditional light fixture (consult manual). For programming without an internet connection, please contact EcoTech Marine customer service at 1-800-785-0338 ext 2.
When will cluster kit upgrades be available for Gen1, Gen2, and Pro fixtures to be retrofit?
Feburary 3rd for purchase.
Can any version of a Radion be upgraded to either version of the Gen3 Radion?
Yes. But only the clusters. The exterior appearance cannot be changed with the exception of the lens frame. This may be offered separately from the G3 and G3 PRO Cluster retrofit kits at a later date after initial demand for Gen 3 Radion fixtures is fulfilled.
Monday, January 21, 2013
It's Monday so it's time we take a closer look at MarineDepot.com sales and search trends from the previous week. We checked on light fixture popularity and were surprised to see 9 of the 10 best-selling lights from last week were LEDs. Do you have one of these lights over your tank? Are you planning to get one? Are there LED lights out there we should be carrying but aren't yet? Let us know!
Monday, January 07, 2013
Thanks to the controller’s web interface (compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and more), Radion owners can enjoy EcoSMART’s cutting-edge controls and user-friendly design on any device with an internet connection.
Pick up your EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Pro LED Light Fixture today at MarineDepot.com.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Radion family of aquarium LED lighting systems just got bigger. EcoTech Marine is pleased to announce the addition of the Radion XR30w Pro, offering professional-level lighting performance for the reef hobbyist.
With 42 top-bin LEDs, six control channels, improved PAR ratings and unsurpassed full spectral output, the XR30w Pro is the best Radion ever.
- The Radion XR30w Pro features:
- Seamless integration with the web-based EcoSmart Live controller platform.
- Wide light spread with broad spectral coverage, from 405nm (Ultra Violet) to 660nm (Hyper Red).
- Efficient and precise light output.
- Backward compatibility within the entire Radion line.
“The Radion XR30w Pro is the biggest advance in LED lighting technology since the release of the original Radion,” EcoTech Marine sales director Jay Sperandio said. “From power, spectrum and spread to modularity to control, the Radion XR30w Pro is unsurpassed in the reef aquarium LED lighting marketplace. It's a professional-level lighting system made for home setups.”
Priced at $949, the Radion XR30w Pro will begin shipping in early 2013. Pre-orders will be accepted Nov. 1. EcoTech Marine will continue to sell and support the original Radion XR30w. Details of an upgrade path for existing Radion XR30w owners to upgrade their lighting systems with Pro components will be announced in the near future.
On a related note, one of our staffers just wrote a review and answered some frequently asked questions about the Radion XR30w. Click here to check it out.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Radion. We are pleased to announce that the TIR lens upgrade kits are now available for pre-order!
What is TIR?
TIR stands for Total Internal Reflection. By redirecting more of each LED cluster’s output in a usable direction (in your tank), TIR lenses are able to boost peak PAR levels by up to 45% and total (average) PAR levels by up to 23% beneath the fixture without sacrificing spread or consuming additional power.
Put Your PAR Where Your Tank Is
On the Left is a Radion using the current lens and reflector On the Right is a Radion using the the new TIR lens kit. Readings where taken over a 30x30 inch area at 12 inches from the light.
While many make claims, EcoTech delivers. The TIR lens incorporates EcoTech’s ongoing commitment to innovation and improvement for the benefit of its customers. A modular upgrade for a truly modular fixture makes the Radion an ever brighter solution for aquarium lighting.
How Do I get Them?
TIR Lens kits (2x TIR lenses 2x wire ties) are available for pre-order now at MarineDepot.com for $30.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Official EcoTech Marine Radion rail kits are here. Now you can easily connect two or more Radions as needed, giving you more versatility in hanging your Radion fixtures.
The best part? It’s simple. Just attach the rail kit to two or more Radions, hang them and enjoy a clean and attractive multiple fixture look.
EcoTech Marine Radion rail kits feature:
- Compatibility with the existing Premium Hanging Kit
- Support for multiple Radion LED lighting systems using rail or +one rail kits.
- The ability to hang Radions close together or widely spaced
- Sleek, lightweight anodized aluminum construction
For an overview of how the system works, click here.
Friday, December 09, 2011
An updated version of the EcoSmart Configuration Utility is now available on EcoTech Marine’s website.
Click here to download the latest round of feature enhancements
EcoTech is strongly recommending that all Radion owners update their software to gain access to improved functionality and performance.
- Accelerated program review feature
View the whole day’s program in 30 seconds, 1 minute or 2 minutes
- Natural Mode is enabled
Adjustable depth offset
Adjustable storm and cloud probability
- Live Demo is enabled
Real-time palette and intensity adjustment
Save custom color and intensity settings for use in Artificial Mode programs
Toggle feature modes on and off
- Artificial Mode has been improved
Import and export Artificial Mode program graphs as a backup or to share with other Radion users
Option to see separate color channel contribution independently throughout the duration of the program
OTHER IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS:
- Radion naming and grouping has been simplified and made more intuitive
- Programming/updating of Radion fixtures can now be done individually or in groups
- Light name and program will now be imported from the light following a new software installation