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Old 10/28/2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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Ecotech Radion ~vs~ AquaIllumination SOL ~vs~ Vertex Illumina

I've been wanting to do this comparison for some time now, and now that the Ecotech Radion has arrived today I will get the chance to. I wanted to do a helpful comparison of the three flagship LED fixtures / models available on the market.

This thread will be a work in progress, and will update as I get time to do so. I will eventually include PAR numbers, power consumption, spread, penetration, color rendition, etc.

Ecotech Radion XR30w $749
http://premiumaquatics.com/aquatic-s.../ET-XR30W.html

AquaIllumination SOL Blue $399 (Add $74 for the controller)
http://premiumaquatics.com/aquatic-s...umination.html

Vertex Illumina 12" 260 $999
http://premiumaquatics.com/aquatic-s...ertex-led.html







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Old 10/28/2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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The first thing here I want to point out is that you will most likely need two of the SOL modules to equal the light output coverage you would get of the Radion or Illumina. That makes the price much more close in comparison than what it seems here.

The second item to point out is that the Illumina comes with the hanging kit, which makes this fixture ready to go out of the box. Both the Radion and AI SOL need additional items for mounting or hanging. The hanging kit for the Radion is $45, and the rail kit and hanging kit together for the AI SOL is $74.

Ready to go prices for the fixtures, including all controllers (if needed), hanging kits, mounting rails, etc., are as follows:

Radion $794
AI SOL $547 ($946 assuming two modules)
Illumina $999


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Old 10/28/2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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Yes!! This is exactly what many of us have been waiting for. Thanks for taking on the project. It should be interesting.


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Old 10/28/2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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hopping on for the ride Jeremy. Lighting is the final piece to my monster order I'll be placing!!!!


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Old 10/28/2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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sweet put them over the same tank. par measurements and pics, lots of pics !!!


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Old 10/28/2011, 04:25 PM   #6
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The first thing here I want to point out is that you will most likely need two of the SOL modules to equal the light output coverage you would get of the Radion or Illumina. That makes the price much more close in comparison than what it seems here.

The second item to point out is that the Illumina comes with the hanging kit, which makes this fixture ready to go out of the box. Both the Radion and AI SOL need additional items for mounting or hanging. The hanging kit for the Radion is $45, and the rail kit and hanging kit together for the AI SOL is $74.

Ready to go prices for the fixtures, including all controllers (if needed), hanging kits, mounting rails, etc., are as follows:

Radion $794
AI SOL $547 ($946 assuming two modules)
Illumina $999

Hi Jeremy,

I just left a message for you prior to seeing this thread. I was also debating between the Radion and Vertex 260. Looking forward to seeing these results so I can place order as well.


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Old 10/28/2011, 04:44 PM   #7
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Cant wait for the results!


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Old 10/28/2011, 05:36 PM   #8
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ooooh, thank you. I'm about a month and a half from needing to order lights. This is exactly what I was looking for.


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Old 10/28/2011, 09:21 PM   #9
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Maybe some words about the new Phoenix and Panorama Pro fixtures, too?



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Old 10/28/2011, 10:53 PM   #10
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lets get this done dont play around


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Old 10/28/2011, 11:05 PM   #11
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Old 10/29/2011, 06:23 AM   #12
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Thanks for this thread, Jeremy! I'm in the market for LED, this will be very helpful!


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Old 10/29/2011, 08:35 AM   #13
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The Phoenix hasn't been released yet, so I can't do anything with that. To my knowledge Ike hasn't started shipping the new Panorama Pro fixture yet either, although it should be any day now.

It looks like I'll have some time tomorrow afternoon to get the Radio and Illumina hanging up on the same bracket as some existing AI SOL's that I have running now. I'll post pictures as I get a chance to work on this.


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Old 10/29/2011, 11:19 AM   #14
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I am sure those are all going to be great fixtures, but the big difference is price per square foot in my opinion. I actually just ordered some AIs from Premium Aq and did look at the Vertex, but they are so much more expensive for a given tank size, it is hard to say that they really compete with the AI. I am sure their quality is better, and they may have more features, but I don't really feel like compete evenly. It will be interesting to see what the Radion does since people have been talking about it for so long.


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Old 10/29/2011, 01:03 PM   #15
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Great idea! Just want to note that I do get at least 24x24 coverage with standard optics on my Sol blue.


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Old 10/29/2011, 03:43 PM   #16
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Defenitly following Along...Been waiting for this one for;-)


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Old 10/29/2011, 07:59 PM   #18
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In the market for a new fixture(s), this will be very helpful..


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Old 10/29/2011, 09:20 PM   #19
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Looking forward to the results!


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Old 10/31/2011, 01:35 AM   #21
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Can't wait to see the result too...LOL!


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Old 10/31/2011, 09:31 AM   #22
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Jeremy,

Thanks for the research on this one I'm looking to light a 140 gallon frag/grow out tank and 96"X36"X30" tank and really leaning towards the Radion at this point. Looking forward to the results and subscribed.

Are you going to have the three fixtures up and running on tanks soon so I can come by PA a Saturday really soon to play around with the fixtures and compare/contrast them? (I've already been in close contact with Luke on getting the 96" DT quotes and wanting to make a trip to PA soon!)


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Old 10/31/2011, 02:14 PM   #24
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I'm still waiting on the Ecotech Radion hanging kits to show up so I can have the proper hardware to get all of these up and running. I will have the hardware here tomorrow. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything over the weekend to use in place for the Radion to get it hung - hardware wise.


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Old 10/31/2011, 03:14 PM   #25
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Are you going to have these setup at the store/office?

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