How to value these numbers in aquarium?
This is a good question. At first we thought that we could transport these values to the aquarium tout-court. Than we filled the aquarium, insert the probe and redone the measurements. We fazed but, as we have already said in elsewhere, we’re going to talk about this in another article. Basically, while at 20 cm the result is practically the same, as we progressed, thanks to the glass and the water itself reflecting the light, we found even the double of the values measured in air. Obviously this isn’t a detail that can be standardized, so we think that our method of calculation is the most correct, and the best for the comparison of coverages of different ceiling lights.
The measurement of the consumption was made possible thanks to the useful device RCE PM600 that can also measure the Cos(fi) (or power factor). The result is already given in watt.
Here above there’s the maximum power and below the Cos(fi).
The calculus of the absorbed current, that is the power, is the following one:
Orphek OR2 Blue Plus ceiling light: 54,69 watt. Considering that this ceiling lights at 17 cm has 459 μmol m-2 s-1 in the middle, we can say, in perspective, that it will have a peak value of 8,39 μmol m-2 s-1 w-1 (PAR per watt). This value is hardly comparable with other ceiling lights because it remains constant throughout the length.
The comparison with other ceiling lights on the market
Recently we started to use the new Apogee’s Quantum Meter MQ-510. For this we can’t completely compare the data of other ceiling lights because before we used the probe Seneye.
But considering the first celing lights we managed to test we can do an interesting comparison about their produced energy:
|AI Hydra 32 HD at 17 cm (still in italian)||560.000||430||90,50||1.303||6.190|
|AI Hydra 32 HD at 37 cm (still in italian)||563.000||430||90,50||1.310||6.224|
|AI Hydra 32 HD at 57 cm (still in italian)||463.000||430||90,50||1.076||5.112|
|Aqamai LRM at 17 cm||643.000||465||90,88||1.382||7.071|
|Aqamai LRM at 37 cm||722.000||465||90,88||1.552||7.941|
|Aqamai LRM at 57 cm||616.000||465||90,88||1.326||6.783|
|Aqamai LRS at 17 cm||276.000||289||47,59||955||5.797|
|Aqamai LRS at 37 cm||312.000||289||47,59||1.078||6.547|
|Aqamai LRS at 57 cm||254.000||289||47,59||880||5.343|
|Cetus 2 at 17 cm||410.000||215||60,68||1.906||6.756|
|Cetus 2 at 37 cm||291.000||215||60,68||1.353||4.793|
|Cetus 2 at 57 cm||174.000||215||60,68||807||2.861|
|Orphek OR2 Blue Plus 120 cm at 17 cm||323.000||180||54,69||1.794||5.906|
|Orphek OR2 Blue Plus 120 cm at 37 cm||291.000||180||54,69||1.616||5.321|
|Orphek OR2 Blue Plus 120 cm at 57 cm||259.000||180||54,69||1.438||4.736|
|Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus 120 cm at 17 cm||255.000||180||54,69||1.418||4.667|
|Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus 120 cm at 37 cm||233.000||180||54.69||1.292||4.252|
|Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus 120 cm at 57 cm||225.000||180||54.69||1.251||4.117|
|Philips CoralCare at 17 cm||1.859.000||749||190,50||2.481||9.756|
|Philips CoralCare at 37 cm||1.341.000||749||190,50||1.790||7.037|
|Philips CoralCare at 57 cm||933.000||749||190,50||1.246||4.899|
The produced energy per watt is costant throughout the different distances in the Orphek OR2. This linear behavior is typical of LED bars. Now we have to test other bars and do proper comparisons. Don’t be deceived by the PAR higher of other ceiling lights, because it has a prevalence of blue and it behaves differrently, so it can’t be comparable tout-court.
The LED bars Orphek OR2 Blue Plus cost 180 dollars, and we have to add the taxes because there isn’t a national distributor. But considering also the change in euro, we still could buy it at 180 euro. Deliver included.
The absorbed power is 54,69 watt, so it has a relationship cost/watt of 3,3 euro per watt. In order to do a comparison with the other ceiling lights you can refer to this chart:
|Ceiling light||Price||Consuption||Relationship euro per watt||References|
|Orphek OR2 Blue Plus||180 USD||54.7 w||3,3 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus||180 USD||54,7 w||3,3 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|Cetus 2||215 €||60,7 w||3,5 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|Philips Coralcare 2019||749 €||190 w||3,9 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|Maxspect Ethereal||500 €||126 w||4,0 euro per watt||Italian test|
|Radion XR30w G2 PRO||790 €||170 w||4,7 euro per watt||Italian review|
|AI Hydra 32 HD||430 €||90,5 w||4,75 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|Radion XR30w G4 PRO||915 €||190 w||4,84 euro per watt||Italian article|
|OceanLed Sunrise 600||870 €||180 w||4,8 euro per watt||Italian test|
|Orphek Atlantik V4||1099 €||226 w||4,9 euro per watt||Test|
|Radion XR30w G2||690 €||140 w||4,9 euro per watt||Italian review|
|Radion XR30w G4||760 €||150 w||5,1 euro per watt||Italian article|
|Aqamai LRM||465 €||87,5 w||5,1 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|Zetlight UFO ZE-8000||500 €||91,5 w||5,5 euro per watt||Test|
|Aqamai LRS||289 €||47,6 w||6,1 euro per watt||DaniReef LAB|
|CEAB Slide & Led||2.700 €||275 w||9,8 euro per watt||Review|
|Sicce GNC 466||1.592 €||120 w||13,3 euro per watt||Italian review|
As we have said for the OR2 Reef Day Plus, the ceiling light is very well built, solid and well assembled. I really like the extruded borders as well as the refinement. There isn’t a programming that assures a simple modality of use, you can also assit it with other bars in other to obtain the power you need. In this contest we have to focus on the measured PAR, given that that’s not possible to do a proper comparison with other ceiling lights. But if you consider the whole energy you have a more realistic picture. So the bars are perfect for breeding corals, but you have to take the bars you need. Do you need twice the PAR? Use two bars. Do you need four times the PAR? Use four, and so on. The cost per watt is incredibly low, the lowest among the one we tested, while before comment the value of PAR per watt we have to test other blue bars. What else to ask to a LED bar?
Questions and comments, as always, are welcomed.