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.



The EcoTech Marine Radion XR15w Pro is now available for at Marine Depot for $449, which includes free shipping. That is a full $200 less than the Generation 3 XR30w and $300 less than the Gen 3 XR30w Pro.

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).



Here are some product highlights from the datasheet EcoTech Marine sent us about the Radion XR15w Pro:

PROMOTES CORAL BEAUTY AND HEALTH
  • Full spectrum + UV
  • Output optimized for coral growth
  • Preconfigured outputs matching popular Kelvin ratings
  • Perfect for recreating natural lighting conditions
FULLY PROGRAMMABLE LIGHT MODES
  • 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
WIRELESSLY EQUIPPED STANDARD
  • 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
The Radion XR15w Pro is an aquarium light a lot of hobbyists, including myself, have been hoping EcoTech Marine would develop since the original Radion debuted. Seeking wifey approval isn't necessary on every aquarium purchase, although at this price point it should be easy to get her blessing.

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.