Reef Central Online Community
Live Aquaria

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 07/06/2010, 08:14 PM   #1
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Vertex Illumina LED Arrives

Today I picked up my new Vertex Illumina LED fixture and I'd like to share my initial impressions and a few photos.

I'll take PAR readings and shoot some video over the weekend so stay tuned.

Can you say early adopter? My fixture is serial number 000016!



The fixture is very well made. Solid and compact. Only 12 inches deep (front to back) the fixture has three absolutely silent fans on top and comes with the usual grip-lock hanging kit (no legs are offered by Vertex).



The 48" fixture is equipped with 8 LED pods running Phillips 3W Luxeon Rebel LEDs, 8 x 7500k White 105 lm/W, 4 x 470nm Blue and 4x 450nm Royal Blue. The LED's are driven at only 2.5W for a total of 40W per pod and 320W for the entire fixture. Each of the LED pods has its own onboard radio that communicates with the controller wirelessly. Vertex will be offering a USB dongle to program the fixture wirelessly from your PC down the road.



Below are the supplied Mean Well power supplies:


I have been playing with the menu options for a bit and found that the built-in demo program really shows off some the amazing natural simulations this light is capable of. But it appears that these advanced features (sunrise from left to right and lightning etc.) can only be programmed with the PC option that is not yet available. Maybe it's just me overlooking those feature options in the menu so I can't confirm this yet.

I've had a PFO Solaris, a Giesemann Infiniti 2x250W MH/T5 fixture and a 8 bulb ATI PowerModule and the Vertex Illumina is the coolest looking light over my tank so far. And after 2.5 hours the fixture is barley warm to the touch!



Tomorrow after work I plan on spending some more time exploring the menu options and tweaking the LED intensity ratios to get the perfect colour I'm looking for.



Cheers!

-TDF


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless

Last edited by TheDogFather; 07/06/2010 at 09:03 PM.
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/06/2010, 09:17 PM   #2
kingfisherflesh
Registered Member
 
kingfisherflesh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Central WI
Posts: 374
Looks good man. Trying to get into LED myself, but there is just a sea of possibilities and options out there that is pretty overwhelming.

Ive been looking at a couple different threads though, and I like the color your system has now compared to some of the other factory made LED systems.


kingfisherflesh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/06/2010, 09:29 PM   #3
bigB
Frag Farmer
 
bigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Wichita, KS
Posts: 493
I have been waiting for these to come out.


bigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 04:12 AM   #4
tahiriqbal
Sialkot
 
tahiriqbal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Manchester England UK
Posts: 692
If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for this fixture?


__________________
Tahir Iqbal
Manchester UK

Current Tank Info: 56cm x 56cm x 56cm
tahiriqbal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 04:30 AM   #5
westmoorenerd
USN Avionics Technician
 
westmoorenerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: FPO/AP
Posts: 343
Yikes, that fixture is beautiful....But unfortunately I can't afford the the $5k plus it would cost to light my 8' tank.


__________________
540g 8'x3'x3', SRO-5000EXT, Neptune APEX, Koralia Magnums, Korallin C-1502 Calcium Reactor...Soon to be LED powered!
westmoorenerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 05:06 AM   #6
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by tahiriqbal View Post
If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for this fixture?
The 48" fixture retails for $2899 in Canada.

Cheers!


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 05:10 AM   #7
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigB View Post
I have been waiting for these to come out.
AFAIK the Vertex Illumina in it's current form is only available in Europe and Canada due to Orbitec's patent on LED aquarium lighting in the United States.


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 05:26 PM   #8
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
A few more photos












__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 06:11 PM   #9
bigsink
Registered Member
 
bigsink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Long Island
Posts: 1,473
Very impressive tank and lighting. What was the cost?


bigsink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 06:28 PM   #10
Anemonebuff
Registered Member
 
Anemonebuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: LI,NY
Posts: 3,877
Looks great!


Anemonebuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 06:33 PM   #11
Aquabox
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 42
This is gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Curious where you ordered this from...?


Aquabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 07:22 PM   #12
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aquabox View Post
This is gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Curious where you ordered this from...?
www.seaumarine.com


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 07:22 PM   #13
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigsink View Post
Very impressive tank and lighting. What was the cost?
$2899 Canadian


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 07:26 PM   #14
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Here is a video of the built-in demo program:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHo7LTgkbZ4


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 09:39 PM   #15
Aquabox
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 42
your vid is amazing. I wonder when it will be available in the US.


Aquabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 10:08 PM   #16
Liu14
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Toronto Ontario
Posts: 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDogFather View Post
$2899 Canadian
Tax included or on top?


Liu14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/07/2010, 11:13 PM   #17
solitude127
Proud user of IO Salt!
 
solitude127's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Torrance, CA
Posts: 8,867
Do you have any PAR readings by chance?


__________________
Mike
<*)))>{ <*)))>{ <*)))>{ <*)))>{

ReefKeeping.com TOTM Nov 2012
Socalireefs Featured Reef Oct 2011

Current Tank Info: 60*30*20, 8x54 ATI Powermodule, ReefBrite XHO, ATB Elegance 200, Aquamaxx CTech CaRx, Ecotech Vortechs, Apex Controls, WM Ecobak powered. RedSea Reefer 170, MP10, Apex Jr, Ecotech Radion XR15, Aquamaxx WS-1
solitude127 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 05:15 AM   #18
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by solitude127 View Post
Do you have any PAR readings by chance?
I'll have PAR readings up on Sunday evening.


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 06:10 AM   #19
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by liu14 View Post
tax included or on top?
$2899 + hst.


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 07:49 AM   #20
wfournier
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 382
Nice looking fixture, are there any optics on those LEDs?


wfournier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 07:50 AM   #21
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by wfournier View Post
Nice looking fixture, are there any optics on those LEDs?
No optics.


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 11:25 AM   #22
larryfl1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,094
can you program one end of the tank brighter or different coloring then the other end?

im thinking of a darker area for lower light corals...


larryfl1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 11:47 AM   #23
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by larryfl1 View Post
can you program one end of the tank brighter or different coloring then the other end?

im thinking of a darker area for lower light corals...
Yes. Each of the LED pods can be programmed for color and intensity independently with the soon to be released Light Studio PC application.

Cheers!

-TDF


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 12:33 PM   #24
notclear
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 534
Can each LED lamp be replaced individually??


notclear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2010, 12:41 PM   #25
TheDogFather
Registered Member
 
TheDogFather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ajax, Ontario
Posts: 401
Quote:
Originally Posted by notclear View Post
Can each LED lamp be replaced individually??
Each pod can.


__________________
112G 48x30x18 Starphire Rimless / 40G Sump / 20G Fuge / Basement Sump Room / Bubble King Mini 180 / Vertex Illumina SR 1200 LED / 2 x Vortech MP40W ES / ReefKeeper Elite / LiterMeterIII / Auto Water Change

Current Tank Info: 112G Shallow Rimless
TheDogFather is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vertex Lumina LED Technical Review Found TheDogFather Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 14 09/11/2012 05:11 PM
Vertex Alpha 170 Microbubbles nl359 Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 4 03/27/2011 11:01 PM
LED set up The Pet Factory Do It Yourself 14 12/07/2010 11:59 AM
What is Vertex IN-100's actual footprint? zyphen Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 2 11/30/2009 08:00 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:43 AM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.