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Old 02/15/2018, 06:22 AM   #1
saltfishguy18
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Orphek v4 initial impressions

So I just changed out my lighting in my 90 gallon and I ended up going with orphek v4 compacts. Two of them. I went with the compacts vs the regular v4 bc I like a modular design and I was skeptical that one v4 could adequately light my tank.

Letís start off with the ordering process. So I couldnít find anyone in the US that had these in stock so I bought direct from orphek. Paid for the lights on a Tuesday and was told they should have them shipped out by the following Monday before Chinese New Year. I wasnít sure how I felt in the beginning about taking a week to ship after payment but whatever since my lighting system was fine at the time. Tuesday of the following week comes by and no tracking number. I email James (orphek rep in USA) asking status. Was told still havenít shipped but hopefully by Wednesday. I was pretty upset that they still had not been shipped yet but I gave it another day. Wednesday rolled around and still no tracking. James explained that bc of the upcoming holiday in Hong Kong everything was being set back. I told him if I didnít have a tracking number by Friday I was canceling. Friday came and I got a tracking. Orphek also paid for faster shipping bc of the delay which was nice.

I received the lights yesterday and hung last night.

The lights were packaged very well and there was no damage during transit.

First impressions:
-build quality is very nice
-the units are very sleek (acrylic unibody)
-units are heavier than expected

You can tell these lights are meant to be hung higher then other lights.

-the hanging kit that comes with the lights, the quality is good but I was hoping for something more sleek but hey it works.

The lights require orpheks ďgatewayĒ in order to operate. Essentially itís a mini router only for the lights. Allows all adjustments to lighting schedule/intensity thru your phone

Iím only running the light in acclimation mode for 10 days so my corals adjust but of course I had to play with the colors lol. What I can say is for ppl that love the t5 look, these can almost perfectly mimic it. Impressed so far with how the colors blend and look. Much better than my old look. The blues look so much more natural than the arcade blues leds usually throw off.

I should mention I had some technical difficulties getting one of the units to sync with the gateway. An email to orphek was answered in less than 5 minutes and it was rectified. Nice to know the email for support is monitored!

I have attached some pics of them and some of the looks. The last few pictures of some sps in brain corals is with just the us channel on. I thought the color was crazy!

Time will tell how these are but so far Iím digging the lights

Build quality 5/5
Hanging kit 3/5
Gateway 4/5
Coloration 5/5
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Old 02/15/2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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Thank you for feedback...

I agree this hanging kit looks pathetic with ugly hooks....Wow..Hope they will come with better hanging options.maybe bar like Ecotech for Radions..

How do you software?


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Old 02/15/2018, 06:49 PM   #3
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Thank you for feedback...

I agree this hanging kit looks pathetic with ugly hooks....Wow..Hope they will come with better hanging options.maybe bar like Ecotech for Radions..

How do you software?


The software thru the app works fine. No issues with that


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Old 02/15/2018, 06:53 PM   #4
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easy to set up?


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Old 02/15/2018, 09:26 PM   #5
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easy to set up?


Yes, except for the hiccup that I mentioned


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Old 02/15/2018, 09:43 PM   #6
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Good luck!


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Old Yesterday, 07:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for the write up. Any update with success of the lighting? Would you purchase them again?


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