Being absolutely fascinated about everything related to marine fish and reef aquariums, we get just as excited about a $1,000 skimmer as a $14.99 algae magnet. Coming across our office this week is one of those products that get makes us go, “Why didn’t someone come out with this earlier?”
The new Orbit Marine LED aquarium light from Current USA is a great LED light that packs a ton of great features at a very affordable price.
I decided to give this light a test run on a 34 gallon Solana: measuring 20” x 20” x 20”. Seeing the diminutive size of this light, my expectations were not very high. Once plugged in, I was pleasantly surprised that this little LED strip fully, and brightly, lit up the entire aquarium.
The wireless remote allowed me to quickly and easily adjust the color to my exact liking. The cloud simulation and thunderstorm buttons were also very nice features that are typically found only in high-end fixtures. Although these features may not make the corals grow quicker, they definitely made looking at the aquarium more fun.
Intensity-wise, one LED fixture is perfect for a fish-only system. Being much brighter than I expected, I would think that low-light corals such as mushrooms and leather corals would do well under a single fixture as well. For a mixed reef aquarium, a second LED fixture would definitely be required.
While most LED fixtures in this price range include only two LED colors, the Orbit Marine went a step above by including 4 different colors of LEDs: dual-daylight (8000K / 12000K) and dual-actinic (445mn / 460nm). The broader spectrum and the larger variety of LEDs definitely made the colors of the fish and corals nicer and more natural.
I did not test out the included Ramp Timer Pro extensively. Hopefully, I will have an opportunity to do so at a later time. My initial impressions are definitely favorable. The dawn/dusk features and the pre-set programs are easy to set and the moonlight feature is a real plus.
In conclusion, I am very impressed by this new Orbit Marine LED fixture. Offering great features and providing superb performance at a budget-friendly price definitely puts it at the head of its class.